'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 Fri, Sep. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,369,438110%3,3300$712$85,370,8154Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$2,297,605188%3,4450$667$118,216,5095Warner Bros. / New Line
4One Direction: This Is Us$1,162,653171%2,7350$425$21,053,1632Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$892,751124%2,241-298$398$82,870,0185Sony / TriStar
7The World's End$703,189114%1,520-33$463$20,172,8063Focus
8Getaway$643,715170%2,1355$302$7,132,3942Warner Bros.
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$591,63186%2,519-599$235$26,235,8353Sony / Screen Gems
10This Is The End$587,3699532%2,1612127$272$97,533,45613Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$541,462183%2,045-348$265$57,889,2285Fox
12You're Next$484,90390%1,902-535$255$15,807,3943Lionsgate
132 Guns$419,385158%1,165-246$360$71,087,1706Universal
14Despicable Me 2$309,750168%1,050-234$295$356,408,56010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,638,469193%717369$2,285$13,850,0732Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$293,27894%80455$365$4,221,7083Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$292,623123%8700$336$4,378,1372Focus
4The Ultimate Life$285,797--412--$694$285,7971High Top Releasing
5The Conjuring$219,695168%716-187$307$134,683,3538Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$210,190131%41530$506$4,303,7046A24
7The Wolverine$208,422116%698-290$299$128,870,9617Fox
8Kick-Ass 2$191,98067%662-984$290$27,651,0154Universal
9The Smurfs 2$146,12644%949-417$154$67,421,3256Sony / Columbia
10The Way, Way Back$132,231182%550-104$240$20,082,15910Fox Searchlight
11World War Z$117,84649%374-873$315$201,038,38312Paramount
12Jobs$115,00323%502-800$229$15,230,1154Open Road
13The Heat$108,335230%350-43$310$157,640,32111Fox
14Grown Ups 2$100,762273%355-116$284$130,374,7849Sony / Columbia
15Monsters University$97,33312%596-1293$163$264,634,35012Disney
16Pacific Rim$93,714112%307-94$305$100,608,3089Warner Bros.
17Turbo$85,346175%358-80$238$80,270,0678Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18In a World...$80,825182%10211$792$1,469,0825Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$56,56085%205-34$276$117,248,81815Lionsgate / Summit
20Red 2$50,145147%250-11$201$52,329,8758Lionsgate / Summit
22White House Down$33,402--168-38$199$72,913,99311Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$32,23939%188-106$171$15,685,2829Weinstein Company
24Man of Steel$31,10883%201-83$155$290,835,76513Warner Bros.
25Paranoia$18,62652%178-214$105$7,153,9834Relativity Media
26Star Trek Into Darkness$16,686-75%106-852$157$228,713,16717Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$29,633--4--$7,408$29,6331Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$29,30794%79-4$371$599,4582UTV Motion Pictures
3Winnie Mandela$21,106--32--$660$21,1061RLJ / Image Entertainment
4Chennai Express$18,344153%53-40$346$5,173,1755UTV Motion Pictures
5Afternoon Delight$16,925--2523$677$55,5062The Film Arcade
7Passion$4,8411%13-1$372$60,4612eOne Films US
8Populaire$3,832--3--$1,277$3,8321Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,058356%214$146$1,639,57712Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,900--1--$2,900$2,9001Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,609104%196$85$4,273,70314Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,205--95$134$1,587,04118Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$959234%50$192$27,6863Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$377-28%1-1$377$35,7237Rialto Pictures
15Mud$192100%4-2$48$21,588,56820Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$1146%10$114$34,4214Freestyle Releasing