'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Oct. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$7,401,895-46%3,820160$1,938$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$3,951,792-46%3,0200$1,309$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$3,321,114-47%3,157--$1,052$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,577,971-43%3,602-272$716$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$2,538,377-36%2,883--$880$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$501,133-47%2,160-695$232$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$418,672-42%2,011-1015$208$17,576,5603Fox
8The Fifth Estate$399,010-42%1,769--$226$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$345,001-32%2,5380$136$6,402,3742Open Road
10Rush (2013)$310,650-45%1,197-933$260$24,623,2945Universal
11Insidious Chapter 2$296,224-60%1,665-491$178$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$290,292-43%1,114-882$261$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$422,431-48%757151$558$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$240,251-56%865-455$278$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3Pulling Strings$225,314-5%43810$514$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$224,964-43%457--$492$971,8261High Top Releasing
5Instructions Not Included$192,781-12%475-236$406$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
6We're the Millers$159,278-56%881-269$181$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
7Despicable Me 2$128,375-44%395-39$325$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$97,697-45%602-378$162$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,010-47%350-54$214$66,921,92711Fox
10Grace Unplugged$59,193-40%313-189$189$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$54,546-45%4610$118$938,2012Relativity Media
12The Smurfs 2$54,452-41%242-26$225$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
13The Family (2013)$52,247-47%483-567$108$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$51,126-48%223-38$229$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$38,359-45%207-20$185$132,078,65113Fox
16Turbo$33,886-38%149-38$227$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$24,240-40%135-31$180$75,573,30012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$24,147-34%1470$164$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$16,342-54%103-36$159$159,403,24417Fox
21The Conjuring$9,744-52%113-32$86$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$268,121-30%19--$14,112$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$28,408-29%6--$4,735$93,5831Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$13,827-44%93-47$149$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$11,880-43%86-124$138$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$11,744-42%4224$280$121,3403The Film Arcade
6In a World...$9,940-37%47-7$211$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$6,047-35%5421$112$6,811,44512A24
8Haute Cuisine$5,811-36%21-9$277$190,7565Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$5,391-29%9-7$599$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
10Shahid$3,384-32%16--$212$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
11Thanks for Sharing$3,070-22%14-2$219$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$3,003-53%40-33$75$25,934,3259Focus
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,181-42%12-1$182$64,0434eOne Films US
14Fruitvale Station$1,650-66%20-21$83$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,233-30%14-7$88$175,2567Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,192-26%9-7$132$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,066-32%1--$1,066$4,8811The Film Collective
18Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
19The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$167-85%31$56$22,3504Rialto Pictures
20Cassadaga$105-37%30$35$2,2412Archstone Distribution