'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 Thu, Dec. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,809,345-2%4,1630$435$343,831,9973Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,715,5140%3,7420$458$142,204,0733Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$405,8211%3,074-212$132$195,425,6895Disney
4Out of the Furnace$374,574-14%2,1012097$178$7,148,4621Relativity Media
5Homefront$318,186-8%2,5700$124$16,800,8692Open Road
6Delivery Man$301,057-5%2,905-131$104$26,122,6843Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$279,779-4%1,31682$213$13,201,7685Fox
812 Years a Slave$176,06025%1,082-83$163$35,631,6888Fox Searchlight
9The Best Man Holiday$173,470-8%1,577-140$110$67,964,0054Universal
10Last Vegas$133,0620%1,539-315$86$61,151,2226CBS Films
11Black Nativity$71,036-9%1,5259$47$6,734,4862Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,715-15%1,157-346$50$100,295,5927Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$38,1213%1,007936$38$116,072,62517Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$17,848-10%1,202-1085$15$53,881,0336Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$290,1007%8350$347$9,262,9783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$164,5420%73438$224$13,126,8656Focus
3Gravity$139,1907%900-116$155$252,033,60810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$63,87313%11311$565$2,465,9994Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$58,3794%640-167$91$103,726,8589Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$42,534-9%608-235$70$60,306,5926Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$34,540-16%5830$59$2,129,0132FilmDistrict
8About Time$25,27012%266-65$95$15,101,1136Universal
9All Is Lost$17,78221%147-7$121$5,547,0698Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$11,340-18%252-19$45$367,212,05023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,139-1%312-395$29$115,310,34611Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,257-8%12599$58$24,391,68411Relativity Media
13Insidious Chapter 2$4,1361%122-18$34$83,546,01913FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,785-4%140-23$27$68,333,31818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$34,544-8%4--$8,636$553,5321CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,74214%94-27$72$17,319,89112Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,66811%40$1,667$205,9952Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$4,0370%81-60$50$24,627,0958Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,6810%96-34$38$36,873,71713Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,026-8%71-7$43$16,906,6607Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,323-15%46-22$51$44,467,20615Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Twice Born$839-18%10--$84$18,2951eOne Films US
9Linsanity$459-82%1-2$459$298,17810Ketchup Entertainment
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$19247%6-50$32$342,1833Reliance Entertainment