'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 Tue, Mar. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$2,563,94027%3,090--$830$33,463,5251Universal
2Son of God$1,790,14922%3,260--$549$28,863,0291Fox
3The LEGO Movie$1,547,12222%3,770-120$410$211,954,0574Warner Bros.
4Pompeii$557,57541%2,6580$210$18,721,1052Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$529,46332%3,002-62$176$66,564,3374Sony / Columbia
63 Days to Kill$508,06424%2,8720$177$21,670,4482Relativity Media
7RoboCop (2014)$480,88828%2,885-487$167$52,077,4473Sony / Columbia
8Frozen (2013)$387,23214%1,746-145$222$389,482,31315Disney
9About Last Night$326,66315%1,804-449$181$44,345,9193Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$233,6259%1,869-317$125$127,609,6407Universal
11Philomena$171,27732%1,09793$156$34,912,85415Weinstein Company
12Endless Love (2014)$159,29031%1,874-1022$85$22,470,7103Universal
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$154,47912%1,317--$117$126,820,18211Paramount
14Lone Survivor$101,5955%1,017-499$100$123,539,82610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$170,27511%94542$180$147,034,57412Sony / Columbia
212 Years a Slave$169,38312%41162$412$50,656,46020Fox Searchlight
3The Wind Rises$144,30125%496475$291$2,355,4792Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$120,5678%505-122$239$114,802,44210Paramount
5Gravity$120,050-2%340-8$353$270,720,99722Warner Bros.
6That Awkward Moment$97,18065%608-600$160$25,237,3355Focus
7The Nut Job$89,14621%752-483$119$60,954,9707Open Road
8Stalingrad (2014)$75,20620%308--$244$648,7381Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$64,5392%21641$299$25,453,15018Focus
10Nebraska$43,86426%28979$152$17,197,39716Paramount Vantage
11Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$38,71655%367-440$105$49,926,4837Paramount
12Her (2013)$38,2003%2500$153$24,669,75411Warner Bros.
13Winter's Tale$34,35421%705-2260$49$12,377,0053Warner Bros.
14Repentance$33,90414%152--$223$565,0401Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
15August: Osage County$29,21630%346-179$84$37,118,11710Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$28,46935%215-51$132$257,010,76012Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$17,98414%198-42$91$423,939,26415Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$17,97120%102-8$176$1,623,3006Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$15,44321%169-48$91$18,878,6686Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$10,9238%163-45$67$57,922,64410Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$10,89648%195-19$56$35,802,23211Fox
22Labor Day (2013)$7,08856%107-311$66$13,262,1455Paramount
23In Secret$5,50514%109-157$51$430,6632Roadside Attractions
24Vampire Academy$3,83210%111-425$35$7,732,1204Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$8,531107%80-17$107$503,2352UTV Motion Pictures
2The Legend Of Hercules$6,762-7%89-21$76$18,768,9998Lionsgate / Summit
3The Book Thief$6,296-22%73-11$86$21,291,83617Fox
4Inside Llewyn Davis$6,14242%65-42$94$13,169,59613CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67323%9158$40$8,277,90714Weinstein Company
6Devil's Due$3,29912%48-36$69$15,779,6417Fox
7Free Birds$2,88320%48-8$60$55,687,80818Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$2,4436%75-33$33$29,788,80010Warner Bros.
9Ernest & Celestine$425-15%1--$425$14,0031GKIDS
10Hasee Toh Phasee$201-35%9-24$22$645,6344Reliance Entertainment
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$122-33%10$122$21,8634Rialto Pictures