'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 Thu, Sep. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$1,200,236-3%3,049--$394$46,355,2601FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$949,124-8%3,091--$307$18,640,5221Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$511,3122%3,239-91$158$102,148,1145Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$452,1550%3,238-207$140$133,506,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$207,9921%1,720-521$121$89,323,7096Sony / TriStar
8The World's End$121,959-6%1,243-277$98$24,507,3134Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$92,39310%1,638-407$56$62,471,8116Fox
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$87,7817%1,576-943$56$30,004,5314Sony / Screen Gems
11One Direction: This Is Us$82,0236%2,300-435$36$27,319,9903Sony / TriStar
12This Is The End$76,831-3%1,333-828$58$100,775,36014Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$60,2550%1,006-44$60$359,370,40011Universal
14Getaway$51,331-3%1,378-757$37$10,206,8283Warner Bros.
15You're Next$42,5422%1,110-792$38$18,118,9094Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$304,8822%933216$327$28,561,7253Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$90,7855%908-257$100$73,817,6657Universal
3The Spectacular Now$72,1066%770355$94$6,019,0667A24
4The Grandmaster$52,7327%705-99$75$6,056,4174Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$49,0814%676-40$73$136,207,5989Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$46,6644%540-158$86$130,426,8028Fox
7The Heat$26,94314%336-14$80$158,400,13212Fox
8The Way, Way Back$26,4367%421-129$63$20,952,61811Fox Searchlight
9World War Z$26,2145%280-94$94$201,948,97113Paramount
10In a World...$25,280-10%14442$176$2,170,1976Roadside Attractions
11Closed Circuit$24,697-5%413-457$60$5,696,9613Focus
12Turbo$23,935-1%353-5$68$81,229,3359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Ultimate Life$23,89411%4120$58$1,164,9122High Top Releasing
14Kick-Ass 2$22,2958%343-319$65$28,651,2105Universal
15Pacific Rim$19,0958%254-53$75$101,277,30610Warner Bros.
16Jobs$19,0361%239-263$80$15,962,2755Open Road
17Red 2$11,055-6%209-41$53$52,673,0549Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$10,85711%171-34$63$117,617,74916Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$10,32015%137-51$75$15,918,68010Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$26,000-6%4--$6,500$53,7340Fox Searchlight
2Man of Steel$5,9336%91-110$65$291,045,51814Warner Bros.
3Populaire$4,4488%1512$297$78,3652Weinstein Company
4Salinger$3,910-26%40$978$175,8892Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$3,35411%71-107$47$7,268,2805Relativity Media
6Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,52722%10$2,527$28,6302Rialto Pictures
7Satyagraha$1,79758%35-44$51$731,4673UTV Motion Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,778-32%17-4$105$1,668,82013Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$1,49166%30-23$50$5,273,0006UTV Motion Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,31046%14-5$94$4,294,74115Roadside Attractions
11Jayne Mansfield's Car$7789%11--$71$12,4181Anchor Bay Films
12Passion$678-18%12-1$57$89,3083eOne Films US
13Savannah$459127%61$77$35,5514Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$47-8%4-5$12$1,596,02619Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$16220%10$16$35,2715Freestyle Releasing