'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 Sat, Dec. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$12,270,56042%3,92825$3,124$116,942,0362Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$9,601,32710%3,507--$2,738$31,562,2841Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$7,705,55351%3,540-176$2,177$185,201,8555Disney
4American Hustle$7,106,5169%2,5072501$2,835$14,744,9162Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$3,427,16411%2,1102095$1,624$7,140,0912Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,401,48936%2,949-614$1,153$368,860,2575Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,398,00840%2,1940$1,549$25,596,3202Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,802,46729%3,231--$867$4,966,9661Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$522,66844%1,116-1148$468$200,322,6237Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,304,67921%239--$5,459$2,386,2541Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$501,32155%738-97$679$12,935,5495Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$432,77942%148133$2,924$1,788,8663CBS Films
4The Book Thief$295,37939%680-478$434$16,350,7307Fox
5Nebraska$237,39059%31060$766$4,192,5106Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$207,13648%675-1427$307$19,604,4844Open Road
7Delivery Man$185,48434%663-1378$280$29,116,9405Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$171,80160%302-201$569$253,414,77812Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$166,72548%351-571$475$69,680,3606Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$158,02165%330-244$479$15,027,2858Focus
1112 Years a Slave$152,22365%301-196$506$36,954,77710Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$133,17048%728-1373$183$10,824,3223Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$126,07376%313138$403$115,641,54013Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$102,79649%333-393$309$62,165,4408CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$75,87047%278-178$273$100,784,4339Paramount
16Captain Phillips$59,19866%172-151$344$104,242,06111Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$44,03151%187-144$235$60,691,8528Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$41,37062%197-26$210$367,472,64025Universal
19Free Birds$28,11749%184-99$153$54,068,8458Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$25,76255%138-29$187$24,812,44910Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$100,32239%6--$16,720$276,7991Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$20,09454%83-180$242$5,825,17710Roadside Attractions
3About Time$15,52033%97-46$160$15,280,4888Universal
4Black Nativity$13,28442%63-197$211$6,955,2394Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,08662%85-38$130$68,411,04120Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$10,49916%40$2,625$283,3104Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$10,45752%42-30$249$17,402,22014Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,65265%43-18$155$116,124,54619Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$4,07911%32-60$127$24,452,19913Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,93639%29-27$67$36,900,26615Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$80034%21-130$38$2,180,4774FilmDistrict