'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 Wed, Nov. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,503,661-29%3,407--$441$32,501,6121Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,415,350-26%3,065--$462$21,033,9431CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,317,244-25%3,3459$394$66,180,0192Paramount
4Gravity$894,262-23%3,024-683$296$221,833,6955Warner Bros.
5Captain Phillips$646,378-21%3,021-122$214$84,545,5794Sony / Columbia
6Free Birds$560,112-54%3,736--$150$18,295,3711Relativity Media
7The Counselor$311,549-24%3,0440$102$14,798,5202Fox
8Carrie (2013)$209,798-29%2,252-905$93$32,581,6273Sony / Screen Gems
9Escape Plan$183,685-29%1,966-917$93$22,220,0503Lionsgate / Summit
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$165,839-60%2,430-681$68$106,934,1936Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$425,757-18%410287$1,038$10,349,2343Fox Searchlight
2About Time$110,250-10%175--$630$1,402,1181Universal
3Enough Said$100,344-9%662-173$152$15,105,3377Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$59,224-2%13048$456$1,606,8453Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$42,577-20%555-231$77$149,365,15013Warner Bros. / New Line
6Machete Kills$40,890-5%263-990$155$7,748,1694Open Road
7Rush (2013)$34,845-15%303-374$115$26,596,4547Universal
8Prisoners$31,733-33%465-882$68$60,060,7177Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,175-29%309-70$75$364,856,21018Universal
10Don Jon$22,169-6%181-359$122$23,954,1066Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$21,965-17%312-132$70$115,137,66612Weinstein Company
12Insidious Chapter 2$20,234-22%553-676$37$82,891,9278FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$14,260-26%294-300$49$21,272,9496Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,048-36%243-215$45$2,098,5653High Top Releasing
15Runner Runner$10,970-21%237-732$46$19,192,0385Fox
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,989-32%251-52$40$67,527,97013Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,612-10%136-165$49$44,152,94510Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,348-16%119-45$45$132,374,21715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,761-19%109-206$44$5,728,4325Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$22,498-18%9--$2,500$332,6231Focus
2Diana$8,946-10%38--$235$95,0201eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$5,262-23%87-131$60$36,595,4068Relativity Media
4Turbo$2,784-18%69-39$40$82,815,89816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$2,586-10%42-38$62$159,519,23519Fox
6In a World...$2,58037%22-10$117$2,912,77213Roadside Attractions
7Grace Unplugged$2,215-28%81-127$27$2,459,1475Roadside Attractions
8Big Sur$2,21210%13--$170$23,4991Ketchup Entertainment
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,078-44%22-69$94$1,115,0504Relativity Media
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,607149%5-9$321$48,8446Rialto Pictures
11Linsanity$1,4371023%4-4$359$261,5135Ketchup Entertainment
12The World's End$1,28315%16-10$80$25,974,92411Focus
13The Spectacular Now$849106%18-6$47$6,838,46914A24
14Torn$273190%2--$137$17,9843The Film Collective
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$28-96%10$28$18,7702Cinepix