'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 Sat, Sep. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$13,397,398-34%3,049--$4,394$33,628,7611FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$5,367,4740%3,091--$1,736$10,742,2661Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,424,99942%3,239-91$749$98,586,5075Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$2,377,63736%3,238-207$734$130,313,0026Warner Bros. / New Line
7One Direction: This Is Us$1,033,04624%2,300-435$449$26,350,2903Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$911,67344%1,720-521$530$87,884,4586Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$881,69093%1,638-407$538$61,548,3066Fox
10Despicable Me 2$613,660126%1,006-44$610$358,716,60511Universal
11The World's End$576,02240%1,243-277$463$23,651,7544Focus
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$501,53253%1,576-943$318$29,344,5334Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$315,58712%1,333-828$237$100,239,27814Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$275,18114%1,378-757$200$9,812,6183Warner Bros.
15You're Next$200,686-18%1,110-792$181$17,823,7314Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,382,388-1%933216$1,482$25,109,5583Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$363,20027%908-257$400$73,227,6207Universal
3The Smurfs 2$297,822146%693-256$430$68,737,4567Sony / Columbia
4The Spectacular Now$291,18427%770355$378$5,552,6777A24
5The Wolverine$246,71536%540-158$457$130,088,5848Fox
6The Conjuring$240,0738%676-40$355$135,864,9669Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$194,561101%353-5$551$80,991,9099Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Grandmaster$192,23630%705-99$273$5,697,7954Weinstein Company
9The Way, Way Back$135,57257%421-129$322$20,782,10011Fox Searchlight
10Grown Ups 2$132,94139%294-61$452$130,952,77910Sony / Columbia
11In a World...$130,97657%14442$910$1,985,4746Roadside Attractions
12World War Z$130,48440%280-94$466$201,742,80213Paramount
13The Heat$128,03342%336-14$381$158,233,32312Fox
14Kick-Ass 2$104,61530%343-319$305$28,491,7105Universal
15The Ultimate Life$97,80316%4120$237$1,011,7352High Top Releasing
16Pacific Rim$97,27454%254-53$383$101,130,75610Warner Bros.
17Closed Circuit$94,15646%413-457$228$5,537,3553Focus
18Jobs$84,00150%239-263$351$15,830,0395Open Road
19Red 2$61,02350%209-41$292$52,599,8489Lionsgate / Summit
21Now You See Me$55,10341%171-34$322$117,542,52316Lionsgate / Summit
22White House Down$30,56445%117-51$261$73,086,99312Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$30,43319%137-51$222$15,861,27310Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$27,36056%91-110$301$291,005,46314Warner Bros.
2Salinger$20,57686%40$5,144$145,3522Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$18,39439%71-107$259$7,249,4125Relativity Media
4Populaire$15,75254%1512$1,050$49,2322Weinstein Company
5Chennai Express$15,281112%30-23$509$5,258,6646UTV Motion Pictures
6Afternoon Delight$12,95522%3914$332$142,2443The Film Arcade
7Satyagraha$11,28079%35-44$322$717,8293UTV Motion Pictures
8Jayne Mansfield's Car$3,98818%11--$363$7,3581Anchor Bay Films
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,21278%14-5$229$4,289,69915Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$3,20948%17-4$189$1,659,21313Weinstein Company
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,76430%10$2,764$18,1672Rialto Pictures
12Passion$2,3518%12-1$196$84,1553eOne Films US
13Savannah$1,13518%61$189$33,2154Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$152300%10$152$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
15Stories We Tell$48-24%4-5$12$1,595,65619Roadside Attractions