'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 Wed, Oct. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,338,032-20%3,575--$1,493$73,788,7391Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$814,646-23%4,0010$204$62,854,7242Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$623,545-25%3,026--$206$9,838,4221Fox
4Prisoners$468,398-23%3,236-54$145$49,497,4053Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$418,427-19%2,4220$173$17,417,3132Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$404,025-19%2,30811$175$19,444,9093Universal
7Baggage Claim$244,005-21%2,0303$120$15,967,9862Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$233,340-16%2,607-513$90$75,548,7554FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,458-21%2,023-871$70$35,099,0714Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$124,386-17%1,606-799$77$145,301,5209Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,597-15%1,563-499$79$112,797,0148Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$214,621-4%437210$491$6,049,4623Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$109,125-29%387--$282$2,867,0941Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$94,628-21%858-90$110$41,585,7856Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$56,6263%589284$96$2,906,5872Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$53,674-9%511--$105$1,168,7831Roadside Attractions
7Battle of the Year$33,125-38%907-1101$37$8,610,7703Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,933-18%513-494$58$66,082,8639Fox
9Despicable Me 2$26,675-15%485-263$55$362,522,91014Universal
10The Wolverine$17,412-16%241-88$72$131,646,97111Fox
12Besharam$15,857-57%2170$73$551,8851Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$15,563-13%20393$77$53,093,04712Lionsgate / Summit
142 Guns$14,985-17%200-203$75$75,292,54510Universal
15The Wizard of Oz 3D$14,0953%246-59$57$5,447,8523Warner Bros.
16Turbo$13,817-18%222-60$62$82,266,43712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Heat$10,974-17%182-69$60$159,172,09915Fox
18The Conjuring$10,122-8%202-136$50$137,194,82112Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$7,324-22%131-150$56$25,862,6837Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,319-23%131-27$18$21,399,38214Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,843-1%78-43$88$2,727,8029Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,7962%9--$644$116,7231Ketchup Entertainment
3Haute Cuisine$5,3487%6046$89$121,5443Weinstein Company
4Pacific Rim$5,048-13%92-48$55$101,745,10413Warner Bros.
5The Spectacular Now$3,651-33%58-84$63$6,753,99110A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,604-11%65-186$55$1,021,5893Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,071-11%7634$40$16,058,67013Weinstein Company
8Populaire$2,56417%5834$44$158,8595Weinstein Company
9Salinger$2,5035%21-113$119$563,7645Weinstein Company
10World War Z$2,415-4%75-85$32$202,356,82316Paramount
11The Grandmaster$2,051-33%35-108$59$6,574,8537Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,53418%86$192$29,8992eOne Films US
13You're Next$612-35%45-67$14$18,428,9237Lionsgate
14The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$481--10$481$16,8602Rialto Pictures
15C.O.G.$4184%4-5$105$54,6943Screen Media / Focus World
16Stories We Tell$37187%2-2$186$1,599,91322Roadside Attractions
17Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3613%6-2$60$4,328,52718Roadside Attractions
18The Ultimate Life$348-7%9-38$39$1,327,1495High Top Releasing
19The Last Day of August$22126%1--$221$2,3361Striped Entertainment