'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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,428,155-11%3,260--$438$27,683,9321Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$594,4600%3,155106$188$62,797,3952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$510,381-12%3,0910$165$28,022,1702Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$353,457-5%2,931-308$121$107,864,0696Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$341,103-9%3,003-235$114$139,553,4527Warner Bros. / New Line
7Battle of the Year$174,909-5%2,008--$87$5,468,2921Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$123,873-9%1,392-328$89$91,349,0627Sony / TriStar
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$73,622-2%1,473-165$50$64,578,7517Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$58,93921%1,706-594$35$28,677,6784Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$55,220-8%1,004-2$55$360,981,82012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$48,6794%1,047-529$46$30,855,2195Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$379,850-2%318--$1,194$4,523,8161Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$268,792-3%97845$275$35,187,4884Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$65,470-5%833-410$79$25,502,5725Focus
42 Guns$56,505-12%752-156$75$74,716,4108Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$44,191-17%269--$164$738,5911Roadside Attractions
6The Spectacular Now$35,4701%571-199$62$6,541,7798A24
7The Conjuring$35,033-2%561-115$62$136,770,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$35,016-2%462-78$76$131,035,1739Fox
9The Grandmaster$24,298-11%473-232$51$6,400,5265Weinstein Company
10The Heat$22,367-4%310-26$72$158,765,52713Fox
11In a World...$19,849-2%1440$138$2,484,6577Roadside Attractions
12Salinger$19,045-10%138134$138$439,9923Weinstein Company
13Turbo$17,689-4%333-20$53$81,713,41210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Way, Way Back$15,550-1%324-97$48$21,234,00412Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$14,756-1%202-52$73$101,512,50311Warner Bros.
16Getaway$14,574-10%515-863$28$10,469,3834Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,095-1%532-578$26$18,379,2145Lionsgate
18World War Z$12,777-7%203-77$63$202,190,72814Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,100-9%201-142$50$28,795,9856Universal
20Jobs$8,859-3%152-87$58$16,090,0596Open Road
21Red 2$8,6992%178-31$49$52,804,87710Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$8,44210%184-228$46$1,294,2153High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$7,03111%103-34$68$15,987,33811Weinstein Company
25Now You See Me$6,3320%133-38$48$117,723,98917Lionsgate / Summit
26Closed Circuit$4,1678%105-308$40$5,750,9954Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,000-3%40$5,000$367,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$16,099-18%5--$3,220$260,9091Universal
3Paranoia$6,543-3%8817$74$7,356,8756Relativity Media
4Populaire$3,12111%205$156$117,1033Weinstein Company
5C.O.G.$2,9925%20--$150$44,2531Screen Media / Focus World
6Haute Cuisine$2,13810%3--$713$23,1031Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$2,0724%236$90$1,687,72914Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,477-65%184$82$4,314,78316Roadside Attractions
9Chennai Express$1,15841%20-10$58$5,298,3417UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$87133%1--$871$1,5270Rialto Pictures
11Satyagraha$27461%9-26$30$737,8764UTV Motion Pictures
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$16031%6-5$27$14,8362Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$13511%4-2$34$37,2405Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$45-84%51$9$1,597,66720Roadside Attractions
15Passion$44-64%4-8$11$92,1814eOne Films US
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$41-67%1--$41$8101Anchor Bay Films