'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 Tue, Dec. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,463,61920%3,7420$658$138,768,4373Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,372,67522%4,1630$570$340,167,1593Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$588,58718%2,101--$280$6,336,7711Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$509,96628%3,074-212$166$194,618,6315Disney
5Homefront$463,42135%2,5700$180$16,135,4952Open Road
6Delivery Man$416,47830%2,905-131$143$25,503,4653Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$359,52833%1,31682$273$12,631,3475Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$220,7808%1,577-140$140$67,601,2954Universal
9Last Vegas$170,41733%1,539-315$111$60,885,4246CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$165,20327%1,082-83$153$35,314,6568Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$99,00721%1,5259$65$6,585,7772Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$77,2848%1,157-346$67$100,169,6217Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$41,73824%1,007936$41$115,997,52517Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$28,0508%1,202-1085$23$53,843,3966Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$300,32729%8350$360$8,701,9913Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$189,53323%73438$258$12,797,0056Focus
3Gravity$159,33335%900-116$177$251,764,18410Warner Bros.
4Captain Phillips$62,11225%640-167$97$103,612,5539Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$55,5568%11311$492$2,345,7404Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$52,69117%608-235$87$60,217,3166Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$52,29917%5830$90$2,053,5462FilmDistrict
8About Time$29,26029%266-65$110$15,053,2486Universal
9Despicable Me 2$15,1209%252-19$60$367,186,93523Universal
10All Is Lost$14,7017%147-7$100$5,514,6098Roadside Attractions
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$12,50523%312-395$40$115,291,93811Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$8,51917%12599$68$24,376,57611Relativity Media
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,598-5%140-23$33$68,325,58218Fox
14Insidious Chapter 2$4,2915%122-18$35$83,537,77613FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$36,497-8%4--$9,124$481,5101CBS Films
2Enough Said$7,76417%94-27$83$17,307,23312Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,615-15%40$1,404$193,3252Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$5,36753%81-60$66$24,619,0308Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$4,25236%96-34$44$36,866,36013Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,63441%71-7$51$16,900,3447Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,8865%46-22$63$44,462,14815Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Linsanity$1,872--1-2$1,872$295,15910Ketchup Entertainment
9Twice Born$77710%10--$78$16,4301eOne Films US
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$29380%6-50$49$341,8603Reliance Entertainment