'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, Nov. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,505,044-34%4,163--$8,289$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$3,776,482-41%3,713-128$1,017$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,020,680-47%2,04117$1,480$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$1,826,736-45%3,036--$602$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$1,693,247-34%3,071-439$551$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,084,690-45%2,926-311$371$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$832,544-46%2,625-565$317$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$826,965-45%1,845-715$448$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$760,682-40%1,47463$516$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$539,450-39%2,035-1201$265$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$440,572-48%1,656-970$266$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$320,250-41%1,050-230$305$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,227-29%1,121-524$266$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$696,560-43%666482$1,046$6,374,0584Focus
2All Is Lost$100,462-39%347-136$290$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$94,420-44%295-10$320$366,375,65021Universal
4Enough Said$57,597-53%233-160$247$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$53,502-36%112--$478$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$34,138-42%267-420$128$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$33,422-41%255-100$131$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$31,384-39%185-30$170$68,062,80716Fox
9Insidious Chapter 2$28,939-41%18518$156$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
10We're the Millers$27,458-48%195-108$141$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Family (2013)$16,910-38%12696$134$36,719,25311Relativity Media
12The Counselor$16,840-40%129-352$131$16,797,9195Fox
13Carrie (2013)$16,666-47%210-723$79$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
14Elysium$15,642-30%114-67$137$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$13,722-47%124-52$111$115,570,23415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$180,497-35%7041$2,579$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$88,721-41%2824$3,169$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$84,194-9%1--$84,194$243,3901Disney
4Philomena$37,834-34%4--$9,459$128,4351Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$22,714-4%8033$284$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$12,465-46%17-38$733$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$7,745-45%36-12$215$24,257,0909Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$4,567-60%46-62$99$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
9Diana$2,735-17%26-57$105$331,6354eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$1,739-34%38-38$46$19,303,8398Fox
11In a World...$1,503-46%90$167$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
12Grace Unplugged$1,189-27%10-19$119$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
14The World's End$840-63%6-2$140$25,996,22514Focus
15Reaching for the Moon$528-47%108$53$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$472-47%1--$472$58,3419Rialto Pictures
17Romeo and Juliet (2013)$81-79%12-17$7$1,153,9387Relativity Media
18Big Sur$70-64%10$70$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment