'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 Sun, Mar. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Divergent$5,941,364-49%3,9360$1,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$3,304,976-38%3,1940$1,035$33,116,8172Disney
4God's Not Dead$2,811,012-23%1,178398$2,386$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,562,789-40%3,299-308$777$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$1,361,244-35%2,486--$548$5,272,4441Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$1,138,146-40%2,601-484$438$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$1,088,531-44%2,705-410$402$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$929,890-51%2,515-430$370$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$870,878-39%2,001-500$435$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Son of God$358,732-19%1,277-862$281$57,854,9435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$262,244-51%1,139-757$230$14,999,9353Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,227,395-43%977673$2,280$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$854,295-13%664--$1,287$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$644,441-44%842755$765$3,478,8763Focus
4Frozen (2013)$102,256-35%387-682$264$398,391,61119Disney
5The Monuments Men$96,901-53%501-437$193$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
6The Nut Job$84,121-42%294-41$286$63,106,25511Open Road
7Ride Along$68,270-55%360-290$190$133,659,26511Universal
83 Days to Kill$48,569-52%340-412$143$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$39,777-42%210-137$189$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$33,861-46%228-294$149$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$30,777-45%135-67$228$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
12Philomena$27,866-44%202-95$138$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
13RoboCop (2014)$26,935-40%168-160$160$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$26,869-44%185-39$145$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Pompeii$24,908-40%162-39$154$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
16American Hustle$23,282-55%188-93$124$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
17Lone Survivor$22,275-47%165-46$135$124,964,47614Universal
18The Wolf of Wall Street$19,816-52%134-81$148$116,866,72714Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$16,591-42%158-53$105$424,645,57719Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,186-52%107-21$151$50,549,10711Paramount
21Her (2013)$13,736-33%11037$125$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$16,575-53%91-123$182$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$12,547-55%99-79$127$27,191,66622Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$11,028-19%125$919$128,8695GKIDS
4August: Osage County$8,970-37%81-60$111$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
5That Awkward Moment$8,310-56%68-25$122$26,049,0829Focus
6Walking With Dinosaurs$6,299-19%42-17$150$36,051,81715Fox
7Gloria (2014)$5,962-35%36-14$166$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
8Stalingrad (2014)$4,034-7%6653$61$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
9Winter's Tale$3,278-40%85-59$39$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
10Vampire Academy$1,494-52%24-11$62$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$75616%5-23$151$41,2292Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$149-79%21$75$26,0048Rialto Pictures