'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 Thu, Apr. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,317,70923%3,9380$1,096$174,914,4542Disney
2Rio 2$3,597,28219%3,948--$911$52,885,3801Fox
3Heaven is for Real$3,331,052-10%2,417--$1,378$7,034,1930Sony / TriStar
4Oculus$1,020,35117%2,648--$385$15,989,3911Relativity Media
5Divergent$955,27423%3,110-521$307$128,164,8674Lionsgate / Summit
6Draft Day$912,90110%2,781--$328$13,647,7871Lionsgate / Summit
8God's Not Dead$678,17011%1,860102$365$43,525,3134Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$539,9096%1,467204$368$41,549,4016Fox Searchlight
10Muppets Most Wanted$380,2456%2,026-1026$188$47,250,5534Disney
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$263,8041%1,577-1354$167$106,376,5816Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$79,91816%610-740$131$251,859,59010Warner Bros.
2Need For Speed$78,40339%558-1221$141$42,354,8835Disney / DreamWorks
3Non-Stop (2014)$70,7155%640-1084$110$89,767,8607Universal
4300: Rise of an Empire$54,89610%525-1030$105$105,249,5776Warner Bros.
5Bad Words$51,877-9%763-311$68$7,398,3185Focus
6Son of God$48,6624%808327$60$59,166,3377Fox
7Frozen (2013)$47,46914%34423$138$399,619,07321Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$44,003-12%751-1735$59$10,272,2613Open Road
9The Nut Job$31,26815%261-24$120$63,904,97613Open Road
10Cesar Chavez$26,482-3%305-359$87$5,308,0473Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Gravity$19,82023%202-53$98$273,908,68528Warner Bros.
12Ride Along$16,89519%177-59$95$134,202,56513Universal
13Philomena$8,9713%157-40$57$37,608,66421Weinstein Company
14Frankie & Alice$8,841-22%1710$52$644,2812Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,402-5%135-290$47$15,879,7275Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,75133%101-29$37$258,366,85518Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,37015%370$1,578$632,0012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Unknown Known$10,9762%80--$137$191,9722RADiUS-TWC
3Joe (2014)$10,965-6%48--$228$152,4941Roadside Attractions
4Dom Hemingway$9,37912%4238$223$155,3392Fox Searchlight
512 Years a Slave$6,74444%64-64$105$56,588,66126Fox Searchlight
6The Railway Man$6,451-8%4--$1,613$88,1501Weinstein Company
7Cuban Fury$5,491-17%79--$70$82,8171eOne Films US
8Ernest & Celestine$5,18316%3915$133$228,0847GKIDS
93 Days to Kill$4,387-3%83-48$53$30,472,4768Relativity Media
10Her (2013)$3,61223%38-47$95$25,568,25117Warner Bros.
11Dallas Buyers Club$2,37422%33-19$72$27,280,48224Focus
12Gloria (2014)$2,020-52%247$84$2,076,19612Roadside Attractions
13Watermark$1,1495%31$383$24,0582eOne Films US
14Veronica Mars$9696%23-51$42$3,314,3605Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$90816%27-15$34$37,723,26016Weinstein Company
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$13877%10$138$29,79310Rialto Pictures