'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 Fri, Nov. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Man Holiday$10,686,720--2,024--$5,280$10,686,7201Universal
2Thor: The Dark World$10,524,470197%3,8410$2,740$119,035,5842Disney
3Last Vegas$2,513,389171%3,237155$776$40,606,3723CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,285,441217%3,1903$716$84,817,0794Paramount
5Free Birds$1,776,682345%3,510-226$506$35,694,8873Relativity Media
6Ender's Game$1,730,693168%3,236-171$535$49,307,2773Lionsgate / Summit
7Gravity$1,713,665200%2,560-160$669$235,989,2797Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$1,338,504163%1,411267$949$21,587,2895Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$1,281,440202%2,626-20$488$94,398,8986Sony / Columbia
10About Time$1,068,800183%1,28080$835$9,174,4483Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$381,861281%1,645-191$232$111,448,3598Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$501,194735%184149$2,724$1,762,1303Focus
2All Is Lost$271,045159%48384$561$3,573,6495Roadside Attractions
3Carrie (2013)$172,861113%933-579$185$34,643,7725Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$152,670108%687-362$222$23,726,2235Lionsgate / Summit
5Enough Said$138,524165%393-36$352$16,221,2389Fox Searchlight
6The Counselor$106,14247%481-541$221$16,338,3934Fox
7Despicable Me 2$100,650333%305-5$330$365,626,32020Universal
8Prisoners$70,505372%355130$199$60,412,5749Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$64,902117%303-55$214$149,869,82115Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$36,200342%215-1$168$67,807,41415Fox
11Elysium$33,397--181-11$185$92,863,61515Sony / TriStar
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,20097%176-38$166$115,402,14814Weinstein Company
13Insidious Chapter 2$28,484270%167-62$171$83,118,78010FilmDistrict
14Rush (2013)$28,165129%131-33$215$26,836,8999Universal
15Baggage Claim$16,709314%108-27$155$21,427,5368Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$101,4641086%2925$3,499$244,9822Fox
2Nebraska$35,536--4--$8,884$35,5361Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$32,337905%55-19$588$2,218,1895High Top Releasing
4Don Jon$18,96255%48-44$395$24,152,4848Relativity Media
5Diana$16,64151%83-17$200$259,7833eOne Films US
6Grown Ups 2$14,391--91-20$158$133,628,25119Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$9,709155%65-12$149$132,454,19517Fox
8The Smurfs 2$8,950--88-6$102$70,978,88116Sony / Columbia
9Turbo$7,492224%53-9$141$82,899,06118Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Runner Runner$7,36060%76-43$97$19,269,3037Fox
11Pulling Strings$6,888157%760$91$5,808,2667Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$6,506198%47-5$138$44,214,76612Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,533117%298$191$1,137,8216Relativity Media
14The Family (2013)$4,21748%30-27$141$36,639,40610Relativity Media
15Grace Unplugged$3,523216%29-8$121$2,490,3247Roadside Attractions
16In a World...$3,227150%9-9$359$2,934,95515Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$2,807166%27-1$104$159,538,76021Fox
18Reaching for the Moon$2,29713%20$1,149$24,8002Wolfe Releasing
19The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,465380%30$488$54,9638Rialto Pictures
20The World's End$1,1744%8-1$147$25,987,11213Focus
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$715-42%2-1$358$26,3624Cinepix
22The Spectacular Now$539-8%8-4$67$6,849,23716A24
23Big Sur$355-64%1-4$355$33,1503Ketchup Entertainment