'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, Mar. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$16,089,450-8%3,470--$4,637$33,543,7591Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$14,374,77179%3,934--$3,654$22,393,6941Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$7,113,20551%3,11323$2,285$48,552,7602Universal
4The LEGO Movie$5,113,832102%3,290-480$1,554$221,606,9835Warner Bros.
5Son of God$4,187,14756%3,27111$1,280$38,370,6752Fox
6The Monuments Men$1,460,67069%2,001-1001$730$69,828,8155Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$1,389,988120%1,660-86$837$392,063,22316Disney
83 Days to Kill$1,374,37457%2,348-524$585$24,742,7233Relativity Media
912 Years a Slave$972,50967%1,065654$913$52,488,62921Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$972,40567%1,323-546$735$129,518,6058Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$917,96279%1,714-1171$536$54,176,7734Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$739,84851%1,074-730$689$46,079,0714Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$695,95549%1,658-1000$420$20,630,3383Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$521,70874%605-340$862$148,152,22813Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$431,73080%38444$1,124$271,584,35023Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$399,46567%4960$805$3,226,5973Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$327,13766%359-146$911$115,526,47311Paramount
5Philomena$311,45762%670-427$465$35,887,58316Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$293,55771%31296$941$26,034,84019Focus
7Lone Survivor$198,24071%472-545$420$124,021,13611Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$182,16521%536-1338$340$23,027,0354Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$156,31179%333118$469$257,296,92713Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$143,064101%490-262$292$61,297,7928Open Road
11Repentance$135,29669%1575$862$837,6282Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$118,63861%155-95$765$24,928,57312Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$94,41021%188-420$502$25,541,2046Focus
14Nebraska$88,99082%180-109$494$17,420,32217Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$65,64223%304-1013$216$127,220,49612Paramount
16August: Osage County$58,06965%196-150$296$37,272,70611Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$56,41963%133-65$424$424,060,95416Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$54,34448%107-260$508$50,079,1588Paramount
19Stalingrad (2014)$43,63439%143-165$305$832,6852Sony / Columbia
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$37,65646%133-30$283$58,005,00711Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$34,887139%164-31$213$35,866,49312Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$19,77851%111-52$178$119,699,68824Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$298,15914%4--$74,540$558,6061Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$51,37072%76-26$676$1,743,5237Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$29,01962%92-77$315$18,946,9777Lionsgate
4Labor Day (2013)$18,58035%84-23$221$13,307,9476Paramount
5Free Birds$17,144300%7426$232$55,713,84919Relativity Media
6The Book Thief$16,97535%49-24$346$21,338,40118Fox
7The Legend Of Hercules$16,34683%61-28$268$18,806,0629Lionsgate / Summit
8Winter's Tale$15,51547%82-623$189$12,463,9474Warner Bros.
9Inside Llewyn Davis$14,757110%52-13$284$13,206,26914CBS Films
10Grudge Match$4,768109%45-30$106$29,799,88011Warner Bros.
11Highway$4,76149%9-71$529$522,1033UTV Motion Pictures
12Vampire Academy$4,64780%32-79$145$7,746,9585Weinstein Company
13Ernest & Celestine$4,49956%65$750$22,3942GKIDS
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,93697%42-49$94$8,291,57315Weinstein Company