'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Mar. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$2,023,950-68%3,090--$655$30,899,5851Universal
2Son of God$1,471,015-78%3,260--$451$27,072,8801Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,268,495-79%3,770-120$336$210,406,9354Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$410,688-65%2,8720$143$21,162,3842Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$401,703-63%3,002-62$134$66,034,8744Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$396,415-66%2,6580$149$18,163,5302Sony / TriStar
7RoboCop (2014)$376,506-71%2,885-487$131$51,596,5593Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$338,298-70%1,746-145$194$389,095,08115Disney
9About Last Night$284,655-64%1,804-449$158$44,019,2563Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$214,935-69%1,869-317$115$127,376,0157Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$138,502-57%1,317--$105$126,665,70311Paramount
12Philomena$130,068-53%1,09793$119$34,741,57715Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$121,810-54%1,874-1022$65$22,311,4203Universal
14Lone Survivor$96,615-62%1,017-499$95$123,438,23110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$153,924-62%94542$163$146,864,29912Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$150,781-34%41162$367$50,487,07720Fox Searchlight
3Gravity$122,116-45%340-8$359$270,600,94722Warner Bros.
4The Wind Rises$115,181-71%496475$232$2,211,1782Disney
5The Wolf of Wall Street$111,583-60%505-122$221$114,681,87510Paramount
6The Nut Job$73,643-68%752-483$98$60,865,8247Open Road
7Dallas Buyers Club$63,517-31%21641$294$25,388,61118Focus
8Stalingrad (2014)$62,686-59%308--$204$573,5321Sony / Columbia
9That Awkward Moment$58,891-49%608-600$97$25,140,1555Focus
10Her (2013)$37,210-57%2500$149$24,631,55411Warner Bros.
11Nebraska$34,786-57%28979$120$17,153,53316Paramount Vantage
12Repentance$29,846-73%152--$196$531,1361Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Winter's Tale$28,409-48%705-2260$40$12,342,6513Warner Bros.
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$24,966-57%367-440$68$49,887,7677Paramount
15August: Osage County$22,490-57%346-179$65$37,088,90110Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$21,106-65%215-51$98$256,982,29112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$15,814-65%198-42$80$423,921,28015Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$14,953-51%102-8$147$1,605,3296Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$12,800-67%169-48$76$18,863,2256Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,158-61%163-45$62$57,911,72110Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$7,340-81%195-19$38$35,791,33611Fox
22In Secret$4,849-50%109-157$44$425,1582Roadside Attractions
23Labor Day (2013)$4,535-58%107-311$42$13,255,0575Paramount
24Vampire Academy$3,484-62%111-425$31$7,728,2884Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$8,123-19%73-11$111$21,285,54017Fox
2The Legend Of Hercules$7,234-67%89-21$81$18,762,2378Lionsgate / Summit
3Inside Llewyn Davis$4,340-44%65-42$67$13,163,45413CBS Films
4Highway$4,119-79%80-17$51$494,7042UTV Motion Pictures
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,997-35%9158$33$8,274,23414Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$2,943-63%48-36$61$15,776,3427Fox
7Free Birds$2,407-72%48-8$50$55,684,92518Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,298-50%75-33$31$29,786,35710Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$500-83%1--$500$13,5781GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$307-49%9-24$34$645,4334Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1818%10$181$21,7414Rialto Pictures