'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, Oct. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,277,175-2%3,820160$596$179,514,3613Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,329,508-3%3,0200$440$58,274,0432Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$843,393-3%3,157--$267$20,121,3551Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$634,922-10%2,883--$220$13,083,5821Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$489,82830%3,602-272$136$94,511,2544Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$174,357-10%2,160-695$81$58,059,0625Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$137,544-14%2,011-1015$68$18,259,4203Fox
8The Fifth Estate$126,372-12%1,769--$71$2,277,4661Disney / DreamWorks
9Rush (2013)$125,0900%1,197-933$105$25,155,8395Universal
10Machete Kills$120,004-8%2,5380$47$6,963,3912Open Road
11Don Jon$112,120-12%1,114-882$101$23,005,6234Relativity Media
12Insidious Chapter 2$90,2477%1,665-491$54$81,253,3856FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$173,881-7%757151$230$11,466,0925Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$60,361-4%865-455$70$20,277,7684Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$59,015-17%881-269$67$147,979,23311Warner Bros. / New Line
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,80310%457--$124$1,210,1721High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$50,5027%602-378$84$114,473,10310Weinstein Company
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31,83050%4610$69$1,034,8952Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$31,79523%395-39$80$363,858,26016Universal
8Instructions Not Included$27,010-9%475-236$57$43,672,6168Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Pulling Strings$26,889-17%43810$61$5,305,6733Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$24,063-3%483-567$50$36,396,7526Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$19,77739%313-189$63$2,246,1133Roadside Attractions
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,14620%350-54$52$66,993,97411Fox
13The Wolverine$15,3916%207-20$74$132,141,34713Fox
152 Guns$9,5151%135-31$70$75,612,46012Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$7,246-10%1470$49$473,6262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,8387%103-36$66$159,429,82817Fox
18Turbo$6,67110%149-38$45$82,654,95014Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$4,44436%113-32$39$137,359,66714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$77,848-7%19--$4,097$1,259,9431Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$10,102-14%6--$1,684$138,1871Roadside Attractions
3Linsanity$7,691511%9-7$855$239,9463Ketchup Entertainment
4In a World...$5,37516%47-7$114$2,856,18511Roadside Attractions
5The Spectacular Now$3,58426%5421$66$6,823,35512A24
6Haute Cuisine$3,4866%21-9$166$203,4735Weinstein Company
7The World's End$2,491-5%40-33$62$25,943,7699Focus
8Fruitvale Station$1,20127%20-21$60$16,090,61715Weinstein Company
9We Are What We Are (2013)$1,1237%12-1$94$68,4464eOne Films US
10Thanks for Sharing$858-28%14-2$61$1,049,7955Roadside Attractions
11Populaire$841-35%14-7$60$179,0917Weinstein Company
12Torn$772-22%1--$772$8,3081The Film Collective
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$43445%53$87$23,4714Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$291111%9-7$32$6,594,9599Weinstein Company