'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 Mon, Aug. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,704,405-61%2,933--$922$27,341,7171Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$2,176,109-59%3,32565$654$71,873,7582Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$1,561,279-63%3,2840$475$57,562,4172Sony / TriStar
5Kick-Ass 2$1,381,775-58%2,940--$470$14,714,7301Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,007,249-62%3,08049$327$40,289,6302Fox
7Jobs$662,601-62%2,381--$278$7,376,5011Open Road
82 Guns$642,460-63%2,471-557$260$60,098,6553Universal
9The Smurfs 2$615,353-58%2,349-1518$262$57,697,1683Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$531,523-61%2,058-809$258$121,083,3104Fox
11Despicable Me 2$527,220-58%1,818-577$290$346,642,0757Universal
12The Conjuring$484,049-54%2,001-649$242$128,322,2155Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$363,930-59%2,459--$148$3,892,3061Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$176,182-58%1,241-861$142$127,569,8786Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$133,388-60%759-1012$176$77,791,5565Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Pacific Rim$103,109-51%444-536$232$98,492,7176Warner Bros.
3The Heat$97,806-56%691-660$142$155,570,9998Fox
4The Way, Way Back$95,586-56%457-323$209$17,946,1897Fox Searchlight
5Red 2$78,549-57%715-859$110$51,039,8545Lionsgate / Summit
6Fruitvale Station$65,559-58%477-351$137$14,705,2426Weinstein Company
7Chennai Express$60,531-78%190-6$319$4,075,1882UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$60,480-61%365-61$166$289,694,32910Warner Bros.
9World War Z$58,564-51%307-198$191$198,362,0739Paramount
11Star Trek Into Darkness$26,370-53%210-46$126$227,188,18514Paramount
12Now You See Me$22,228-50%134-9$166$116,020,72812Lionsgate / Summit
14Fast & Furious 6$10,575-64%141-50$75$238,464,72013Universal
15The Internship$9,136-53%100-36$91$44,562,14811Fox
16The Croods$8,911-57%114-28$78$187,001,70322Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$53,521-59%5536$973$1,128,8063A24
2In a World...$26,870-63%3734$726$358,5372Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,581-52%88-47$75$144,819,37715Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$5,058-59%8667$59$49,852,96117Paramount
5Unfinished Song$3,964-49%43-10$92$1,576,4369Weinstein Company
6Girl Rising$3,640--7--$520$1,517,13824Gathr Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,600-67%32-45$113$32,234,5077Lionsgate / Summit
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,262-58%36-17$91$4,223,62411Roadside Attractions
9Mud$1,700-58%28-16$61$21,568,38217Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$1,655-60%4--$414$20,3771Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,155107%8-2$144$1,577,87015Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$916-58%18-22$51$5,825,43910A24
13Inch'Allah$256-82%1--$256$455,4371eOne Films US
14Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$216-22%1--$216$25,64324Rialto Pictures
15Girl Most Likely$136-48%2-10$68$1,374,8015Roadside Attractions