'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 Tue, Aug. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,181,54718%3,110177$701$55,787,6762Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,646,42515%3,445120$478$94,370,1263Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,072,89519%3,118--$344$16,063,9851Sony / Screen Gems
5Elysium$962,08122%2,913-371$330$70,630,0233Sony / TriStar
6The World's End$886,62710%1,551--$572$10,506,8881Focus
7You're Next$682,6198%2,437--$280$8,335,0631Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$658,15919%2,730-350$241$49,632,2193Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$633,17519%2,9455$215$23,689,7202Universal
10The Smurfs 2$495,99316%1,852-497$268$63,505,4774Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$405,02019%1,841-630$220$66,099,6004Universal
12Jobs$379,69117%2,3810$159$12,713,5152Open Road
13Despicable Me 2$350,5554%1,402-416$250$351,388,1708Universal
14The Wolverine$314,00316%1,449-609$217$125,663,0885Fox
15The Conjuring$228,0024%1,355-646$168$132,115,6166Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$186,29724%2,4590$76$6,587,4322Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$83,0374%15499$539$2,066,9174A24
2Grown Ups 2$79,8939%620-621$129$129,098,4187Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$70,9643%470-289$151$78,925,1936Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$66,29615%409-282$162$156,516,5949Fox
5Pacific Rim$61,30015%260-184$236$99,289,7197Warner Bros.
6Chennai Express$58,19177%144-46$404$4,778,7993UTV Motion Pictures
7The Way, Way Back$53,0707%302-155$176$18,730,8698Fox Searchlight
8World War Z$46,6652%239-68$195$198,947,24310Paramount
9Now You See Me$44,68111%246112$182$116,518,53413Lionsgate / Summit
10Fruitvale Station$40,63216%392-85$104$15,261,0567Weinstein Company
11Red 2$39,9779%389-326$103$51,681,7596Lionsgate / Summit
12Man of Steel$32,975-9%303-62$109$290,298,85111Warner Bros.
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,6963%144-66$109$227,408,78715Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$35,34816%7538$471$798,5943Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$16,539-3%7--$2,363$166,1991Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,8809%98-43$60$238,561,58014Universal
4The Croods$3,75134%69-45$54$187,080,24123Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Unfinished Song$3,3922%27-16$126$1,617,95710Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,03331%27-9$112$4,257,59912Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,518-3%14--$108$18,6871Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$91821%16-12$57$21,583,56018Roadside Attractions
9Underdogs (2013)$63110%2-2$316$29,7352Freestyle Releasing
10Stories We Tell$444-30%6-2$74$1,584,10916Roadside Attractions
11Inch'Allah$1741%21$87$458,2322eOne Films US
12Girl Most Likely$167-42%1-1$167$1,376,5836Roadside Attractions
13Pain and Gain$97-6%22-64$4$49,875,13318Paramount