'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, Feb. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$14,479,03399%3,890115$3,722$173,464,8683Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$5,176,79428%2,872--$1,803$9,211,0021Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$4,380,24169%3,3720$1,299$41,170,3362Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$4,259,12226%2,658--$1,602$7,626,2531Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$3,673,68564%3,064-19$1,199$55,862,1363Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$3,359,88547%2,2530$1,491$36,384,3422Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$2,207,86066%2,186-331$1,010$122,047,1206Universal
8Frozen (2013)$2,031,01298%1,891-210$1,074$382,758,78514Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$1,737,60019%2,8960$600$19,041,3352Universal
10Winter's Tale$970,50444%2,9650$327$10,738,7282Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$924,76069%1,516-497$610$121,201,4269Universal
12That Awkward Moment$605,94327%1,208-714$502$23,751,5634Focus
13Philomena$536,26880%1,004-221$534$32,358,16414Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$488,122130%1,235-683$395$59,539,8046Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$840,55183%903-169$931$143,681,90411Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$603,07677%627-124$962$112,463,1499Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$388,06359%807-471$481$49,105,2916Paramount
4Gravity$387,68876%348-7$1,114$269,036,25321Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$241,35899%349-37$692$48,917,19719Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$200,907100%210-114$957$16,390,02815Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$188,35478%250-5$753$23,865,07510Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$179,22977%525-485$341$36,495,8029Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$151,89572%240-86$633$423,547,71614Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$139,83887%266-19$526$256,558,49511Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dallas Buyers Club$131,11083%175-48$749$24,652,22417Focus
12Vampire Academy$123,52170%536-2140$230$7,540,8793Weinstein Company
13In Secret$113,58545%266--$427$192,0491Roadside Attractions
14Gloria (2014)$106,79680%11012$971$1,277,0845Roadside Attractions
15Labor Day (2013)$104,02650%418-1246$249$13,052,9684Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,01748%2087$385$57,681,3439Fox
17I, Frankenstein$67,91270%217-251$313$18,620,0085Lionsgate
18Walking With Dinosaurs$63,053115%214-34$295$35,588,24510Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$43,64274%11020$397$18,614,5977Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$40,076120%1810$221$119,519,59722Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$33,18878%10721$310$13,050,93512CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$32,86699%18954$174$106,942,12220Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$22,55363%108-183$209$29,736,6449Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$145,97356%97--$1,505$239,4071UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$129,21158%21--$6,153$352,8871Disney
3Devil's Due$31,94080%84-39$380$15,705,6556Fox
4The Book Thief$29,39861%84-10$350$21,175,44816Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$16,55257%33-44$502$624,7593Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$12,611132%56-19$225$55,643,92317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$4,51815%18--$251$8,4521Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,65051%33-1$111$8,239,55613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$2,55432%54$511$9,6783Dada Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$94771%5-10$189$1,359,0785Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$8363%5-4$167$6,262,27619Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$58420%10$584$19,5683Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$434244%31$145$114,0915eOne Films US