'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, Oct. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$13,609,19351%3,820160$3,563$162,161,3963Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$7,378,39945%3,0200$2,443$48,491,5362Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$6,264,952-4%3,157--$1,984$12,780,4381Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,553,81479%3,602-272$1,264$90,131,5884Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$3,949,02516%2,883--$1,370$7,347,3551Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$940,14151%2,160-695$435$56,757,2605Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$738,25259%1,665-491$443$80,593,8596FilmDistrict
8Runner Runner$726,64540%2,011-1015$361$17,157,8883Fox
9The Fifth Estate$685,04016%1,769--$387$1,274,3411Disney / DreamWorks
10Rush (2013)$567,99049%1,197-933$475$24,312,6445Universal
11Machete Kills$508,12345%2,5380$200$6,057,3732Open Road
12Don Jon$506,76732%1,114-882$455$22,189,2854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$817,52860%757151$1,080$10,315,5355Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$551,20178%865-455$637$19,760,7784Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$397,01313%457--$869$746,8621High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$363,90165%881-269$413$147,551,13811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$236,46862%43810$540$4,938,4383Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$231,07583%395-39$585$363,612,70516Universal
7Instructions Not Included$219,60774%475-236$462$43,349,3578Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$178,34660%602-378$296$114,185,00310Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$141,22269%350-54$403$66,846,91711Fox
10The Family (2013)$99,17055%483-567$205$36,243,1986Relativity Media
11Grown Ups 2$99,13069%223-38$445$133,072,69415Sony / Columbia
12Grace Unplugged$98,80229%313-189$316$2,118,5373Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$98,54545%4610$214$883,6552Relativity Media
14The Smurfs 2$91,96774%242-26$380$70,576,13412Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$70,10559%207-20$339$132,040,29213Fox
16Turbo$54,37171%149-38$365$82,594,92214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$40,56554%135-31$300$75,549,06012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$36,51055%1470$248$416,9262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$35,74642%103-36$347$159,386,90217Fox
21The Conjuring$20,34557%113-32$180$137,334,69714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$381,71239%19--$20,090$655,5941Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$40,22961%6--$6,705$65,1751Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$24,59643%93-47$264$92,454,23911Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$20,80494%86-124$242$8,876,4755Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$20,25145%4224$482$109,5963The Film Arcade
6In a World...$15,83644%47-7$337$2,827,71311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$9,29031%5421$172$6,805,39812A24
8Haute Cuisine$9,09673%21-9$433$184,9455Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$7,601105%9-7$845$222,5173Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$6,40233%40-33$160$25,931,3229Focus
11Shahid$4,95230%16--$310$8,7691UTV Motion Pictures
12Fruitvale Station$4,799238%20-21$240$16,085,27315Weinstein Company
13Thanks for Sharing$3,92265%14-2$280$1,041,9685Roadside Attractions
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,76892%12-1$314$61,8624eOne Films US
15Populaire$1,77332%14-7$127$174,0237Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,605104%9-7$178$6,592,9449Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,563-31%1--$1,563$3,8151The Film Collective
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,087-15%31$362$22,1834Rialto Pictures
19Cassadaga$16632%30$55$2,1362Archstone Distribution