'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, Dec. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,855,493-22%4,1630$446$342,022,6523Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,720,122-30%3,7420$460$140,488,5593Disney
3Out of the Furnace$437,117-26%2,1012097$208$6,773,8881Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$401,237-21%3,074-212$131$195,019,8685Disney
5Homefront$347,188-25%2,5700$135$16,482,6832Open Road
6Delivery Man$318,162-24%2,905-131$110$25,821,6273Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$290,642-19%1,31682$221$12,921,9895Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$189,240-14%1,577-140$120$67,790,5354Universal
912 Years a Slave$140,972-15%1,082-83$130$35,455,6288Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$132,736-22%1,539-315$86$61,018,1606CBS Films
11Black Nativity$77,673-22%1,5259$51$6,663,4502Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$68,256-12%1,157-346$59$100,237,8777Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$36,979-11%1,007936$37$116,034,50417Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$19,789-29%1,202-1085$16$53,863,1856Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$270,887-10%8350$324$8,972,8783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$165,318-13%73438$225$12,962,3236Focus
3Gravity$130,234-18%900-116$145$251,894,41810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$56,3861%11311$499$2,402,1264Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$55,926-10%640-167$87$103,668,4799Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$46,742-11%608-235$77$60,264,0586Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$40,927-22%5830$70$2,094,4732FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,595-23%266-65$85$15,075,8436Universal
9All Is Lost$14,6780%147-7$100$5,529,2878Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$13,775-9%252-19$55$367,200,71023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,269-26%312-395$30$115,301,20711Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,851-8%12599$63$24,384,42711Relativity Media
13Insidious Chapter 2$4,107-4%122-18$34$83,541,88313FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,951-14%140-23$28$68,329,53318Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$37,4783%4--$9,370$518,9881CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,0027%40$1,501$199,3272Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$5,916-24%94-27$63$17,313,14912Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$4,028-25%81-60$50$24,623,0588Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,676-14%96-34$38$36,870,03613Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,290-9%71-7$46$16,903,6347Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,735-5%46-22$59$44,464,88315Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Linsanity$2,56037%1-2$2,560$297,71910Ketchup Entertainment
9Twice Born$1,02632%10--$103$17,4561eOne Films US
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$131-55%6-50$22$341,9913Reliance Entertainment