'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 Sun, Oct. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,980,462-31%3,336--$2,392$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$5,035,958-44%3,707-113$1,358$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$2,839,171-45%3,143123$903$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$1,772,755-40%3,044--$582$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,764,020-39%3,111-491$567$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$1,479,515-42%3,1570$469$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,306,143-33%2,8830$453$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$259,962-47%1,347-813$193$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$180,129-57%1,229-436$147$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$157,772-34%1,7690$89$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$91,119-23%1,253-1285$73$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$585,887-37%123104$4,763$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$389,979-47%83578$467$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$182,790-41%677-520$270$25,856,5346Universal
4Runner Runner$147,430-38%969-1042$152$18,819,5384Fox
5We're the Millers$138,264-47%786-95$176$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don Jon$130,475-37%540-574$242$23,501,6225Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$129,225-43%4581$282$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$125,080-55%594-271$211$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me 2$111,805-37%379-16$295$364,248,63017Universal
10Pulling Strings$102,074-1%315-123$324$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Instructions Not Included$101,578-13%301-174$337$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$68,884-44%444-158$155$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$62,049-41%303-47$205$67,221,11412Fox
14Grown Ups 2$37,800-40%188-35$201$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$32,538-29%205-37$159$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
16Grace Unplugged$31,693-37%208-105$152$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
17The Wolverine$27,520-41%164-43$168$132,244,11914Fox
18Turbo$24,739-24%108-41$229$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Family (2013)$23,414-40%218-265$107$36,485,5407Relativity Media
21The Conjuring$6,174-53%100-13$62$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$146,138-31%8276$1,782$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2Elysium$9,193-43%61-32$151$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$7,758-46%91-370$85$1,070,7083Relativity Media
4The Heat$7,711-57%80-23$96$159,469,28818Fox
5Spinning Plates$6,9901%0----$20,7181The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,320-37%32-15$198$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$4,736-32%19-23$249$157,1214The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$4,429-30%49-98$90$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Linsanity$3,626-11%8-1$453$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$2,743-49%26-14$106$25,955,72910Focus
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,736-19%1411$195$31,7575Rialto Pictures
12Haute Cuisine$2,625-32%14-7$188$212,0726Weinstein Company
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,480-23%175$146$76,6335eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$2,365-17%24-30$99$6,830,53113A24
15Thanks for Sharing$2,325-45%11-3$211$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
16Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,582-42%1--$1,582$7,0061Cinepix
17Fruitvale Station$1,324-36%16-4$83$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
18Torn$1,226-59%54$245$16,5962The Film Collective