'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 Mon, Dec. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,202,204-66%3,903--$1,589$79,847,4011Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$1,598,740-78%3,716-26$430$166,370,9514Disney
3The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,319,589-65%3,563-600$370$358,823,2524Lionsgate
4Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$984,079-75%2,194--$449$16,991,7131Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$301,519-63%2,264-810$133$198,547,2636Disney
6Out of the Furnace$291,454-58%2,1010$139$9,865,8942Relativity Media
7The Book Thief$221,750-56%1,158-158$191$15,158,1976Fox
8Delivery Man$208,518-60%2,041-864$102$28,300,0934Disney / DreamWorks
9Homefront$208,345-59%2,102-468$99$18,715,5003Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$239,087-57%8350$286$11,322,5444Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$125,951-63%574-160$219$14,427,0857Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$114,790-61%922-655$125$69,134,4855Universal
4Nebraska$104,464-62%250137$418$3,482,9155Paramount Vantage
512 Years a Slave$93,801-58%497-585$189$36,458,3149Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$92,130-57%503-397$183$252,871,19511Warner Bros.
7Last Vegas$67,726-61%726-813$93$61,825,7017CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$34,200-57%323-317$106$104,051,23410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,183-56%456-701$71$100,595,6338Paramount
10Ender's Game$26,846-56%331-277$81$60,547,6777Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$21,652-55%263116$82$5,728,0839Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$15,427-66%260-1265$59$6,893,5243Fox Searchlight
13About Time$12,870-55%143-123$90$15,209,7487Universal
14Escape Plan$11,200-61%16786$67$24,732,7829Lionsgate / Summit
15Despicable Me 2$9,930-76%223-29$45$367,365,81524Universal
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,511-79%175-137$37$115,418,87912Sony / Columbia
17Free Birds$5,529-82%283-919$20$53,988,1217Relativity Media
18Oldboy (2013)$5,099-55%151-432$34$2,167,6923FilmDistrict
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,011-77%123-17$24$68,381,14419Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$109,294-58%6--$18,216$849,7491Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$56,296-55%15--$3,753$469,6691Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$38,023-68%1511$2,535$948,3402CBS Films
4Don Jon$5,160-52%92-33$56$24,428,30112Relativity Media
5Enough Said$4,398-63%72-22$61$17,368,30513Fox Searchlight
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,811-69%40$953$244,8903Weinstein Company
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,158-57%61-946$52$116,102,06518Weinstein Company
8Insidious Chapter 2$2,557-67%99-23$26$83,577,38814FilmDistrict
9The Counselor$2,243-54%60-11$37$16,925,2858Fox
10The Family (2013)$1,802-59%56-40$32$36,889,75214Relativity Media
11Linsanity$1,1373690%2--$569$299,38711Ketchup Entertainment
12Big Sur$164-46%2--$82$36,0917Ketchup Entertainment