'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, Oct. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,601,068136%3,66085$3,443$91,735,9872Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$8,488,587--3,020--$2,811$8,488,5871Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,553,759262%3,874-127$917$67,390,4363Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$1,442,747--2,538--$568$1,442,7471Open Road
5Runner Runner$1,165,888112%3,0260$385$11,554,8462Fox
6Prisoners$1,052,594130%2,855-381$369$51,007,4734Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$805,302224%2,156-451$374$76,602,3195FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$763,22899%1,996-426$382$18,564,3783Relativity Media
9Rush (2013)$713,55082%2,130-178$335$20,550,8194Universal
10Baggage Claim$572,783150%1,320-710$434$16,770,2613Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$329,689169%1,150-456$287$145,753,57610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$167,17133%1,050-973$159$35,391,5205Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$538,321166%606169$888$6,789,9204Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$251,532134%42841$588$3,226,0002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$213,073140%711-147$300$41,887,5617Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$192,609--461--$418$192,6091Relativity Media
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$168,47136%980-583$172$113,089,2429Weinstein Company
6Grace Unplugged$153,374177%502-9$306$1,377,4822Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$134,540326%434-51$310$362,689,05515Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,679166%404-109$252$66,222,73210Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$78,208--147--$532$78,2081Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Grown Ups 2$73,620--261-74$282$132,630,64914Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$67,440--268112$252$70,150,14811Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$51,715172%227-14$228$131,717,69012Fox
14Turbo$43,086128%187-35$230$82,328,38013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$36,413-8%210-697$173$8,686,8964Sony / Screen Gems
16Red 2$33,24993%168-35$198$53,143,55813Lionsgate / Summit
172 Guns$33,185138%166-34$200$75,339,68511Universal
18The Heat$28,070153%139-43$202$159,211,24416Fox
19Elysium$27,061--140-82$193$92,309,31410Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$19,51983%126-91$155$582,0602Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$19,25265%145-57$133$137,225,71313Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$17,2186%167$1,076$149,9032Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$13,80074%54-24$256$2,749,51610Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$11,8731961%8742$136$18,441,3728Lionsgate
4Pacific Rim$9,72139%52-40$187$101,761,80014Warner Bros.
5The World's End$9,48217%73-58$130$25,880,2608Focus
6A.C.O.D.$9,266--1815$515$35,7052The Film Arcade
7Haute Cuisine$7,1503%30-30$238$135,6114Weinstein Company
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$6,971-54%50-196$139$5,469,9274Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$6,733144%63-68$107$21,408,87115Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$6,73047%33-25$204$6,765,29611A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$5,205289%135$400$36,4433eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$2,9612%41-35$72$16,064,54214Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,82213%16-5$176$569,0876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,273-19%16-19$142$6,579,9168Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,770-34%21-37$84$163,3216Weinstein Company
16Thanks for Sharing$1,662-55%16-49$104$1,026,9644Roadside Attractions
17Cassadaga$1,430--3--$477$1,4301Archstone Distribution
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3139%20$157$17,4603Rialto Pictures