'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.2M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.2MSeptember 01, 2014 08:55 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $22.18 million over the four-day frame to lead the box office for a second straight weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous $280.48 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was up an impressive 29 percent over last weekend's three-day frame. The revised three-day estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy is $17.08 million.

While it didn't have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day frame with an estimated $15.7 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 6 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 25-day take of $166.36 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $11.90 million.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated four-day take of $11.30 million. That represented a respectable 26 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.16 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $9.30 million.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $10.32 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below performed similarly to 2011's Apollo 18, which debuted with a $10.71 million 4-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.6 million.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated four-day take of $10.2 million. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.89 million. That places The November Man 19 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $7.88 million.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $10.55 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 2 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million mark with a 20-day take of $59.67 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.28 million.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated four-day take of $3.33 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,704 from 382 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the film stands at $2.66 million.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $2.2 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster is $1.75 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$7,969,879-26%3,284--$2,427$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$7,582,407-27%3,260--$2,326$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,950,572-29%3,031--$1,303$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$3,194,540-31%3,0283$1,055$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$2,491,990-32%3,8671$644$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$2,325,593-29%2,867-1057$811$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$1,775,938-34%2,650-465$670$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$1,724,400-25%2,395-812$720$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$925,451-39%2,102-973$440$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$710,031-24%1,771-1214$401$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Red 2$521,799-37%1,574-1181$332$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit
13The Heat$489,057-41%1,351-723$362$153,582,2197Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$622,625-26%196--$3,177$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$467,341-26%980-823$477$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
3Fruitvale Station$401,957-31%828-258$485$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
4The Way, Way Back$372,294-41%780-221$477$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Man of Steel$235,346-21%426122$552$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
6Monsters University$193,954-28%405-474$479$260,171,1758Disney
7World War Z$183,148-32%505-407$363$197,458,1078Paramount
9Star Trek Into Darkness$84,340-28%256-44$329$226,801,05613Paramount
11Fast & Furious 6$45,840-24%191-39$240$238,286,64012Universal
12Now You See Me$38,649-35%143-63$270$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
13White House Down$34,033-56%159-194$214$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
14This Is The End$33,514-27%102-66$329$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$28,847-29%136-36$212$44,422,69010Fox
16The Croods$27,592-27%142-20$194$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17After Earth$24,908-21%109-37$229$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia
18The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,452-30%135-93$181$144,710,21314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$76,740-28%1915$4,039$534,6922A24
2In a World...$20,359-28%3--$6,786$70,5411Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$19,381-27%86-499$225$3,447,3393CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$17,268-33%77-137$224$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$14,521-39%53-15$274$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,783-23%53-5$222$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
7Mud$8,273-44%44-18$188$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$5,495-33%46-57$119$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
9Pain and Gain$4,693-1%19-1$247$49,803,78016Paramount
10The Bling Ring$4,650-32%401$116$5,806,4609A24
11Girl Most Likely$1,886-45%12-24$157$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,573-36%10-7$157$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$775-1%1-1$775$171,7407Brainstorm Media