'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. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,764,7780%3,825-113$461$208,840,2163Disney
2Heaven is for Real$1,760,730-6%2,4170$728$38,110,9161Sony / TriStar
3Rio 2$1,352,373-10%3,97527$340$82,508,4432Fox
4Transcendence$687,462-10%3,455--$199$14,366,9661Warner Bros.
6Draft Day$444,159-8%2,7810$160$21,377,8512Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$425,390-8%2,486-624$171$135,862,8915Lionsgate / Summit
8A Haunted House 2$405,414-10%2,310--$176$10,980,6561Open Road
9God's Not Dead$396,916-1%1,796-64$221$49,899,8275Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Oculus$382,457-12%2,6480$144$23,039,2862Relativity Media
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$326,809-6%1,280-187$255$46,343,9817Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$106,358-18%929-1097$114$48,845,0275Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$64,420-15%780-797$83$107,495,5957Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$44,013-17%135--$326$1,307,8621UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$37,246-7%340-270$110$252,442,47811Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$30,600-6%360-280$85$90,287,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$25,2241%290-54$87$399,985,43922Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$23,207-1%265-260$88$105,582,9697Warner Bros.
8Dom Hemingway$15,427-16%12987$120$370,5683Fox Searchlight
9Cesar Chavez$13,5280%117-188$116$5,439,6264Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Son of God$13,447-4%503-305$27$59,499,8408Fox
11Bad Words$13,437-16%223-540$60$7,630,5296Focus
12The Nut Job$12,25611%201-60$61$64,063,79814Open Road
13Sabotage (2014)$8,501-8%130-621$65$10,395,5534Open Road
14Gravity$8,092-4%145-57$56$274,012,74329Warner Bros.
15Make Your Move$7,792-12%142--$55$117,6331High Top Releasing
163 Days to Kill$7,2383%11027$66$30,569,1279Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,406-3%114-21$56$15,952,3436Lionsgate
18Philomena$6,097-1%101-56$60$37,661,04622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,0187%370$1,082$959,3013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,858-3%2622$610$316,8392Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,034-12%480$167$260,0372Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$7,49992%49-31$153$245,6493RADiUS-TWC
512 Years a Slave$5,28413%53-11$100$56,634,80227Fox Searchlight
6Frankie & Alice$3,0834%43-128$72$688,1143Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,03319%1--$3,033$20,9381Rialto Pictures
8Ernest & Celestine$2,42586%31-8$78$248,9708GKIDS
9Watermark$2,044-16%96$227$52,9023eOne Films US
1013 Sins$971-13%45--$22$13,8091RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$812-21%13-11$62$2,086,80413Roadside Attractions
12Veronica Mars$75220%15-8$50$3,322,1276Warner Bros.
13Dallas Buyers Club$746-20%14-19$53$27,292,53625Focus
14Cuban Fury$5123%8-71$64$92,3842eOne Films US
15August: Osage County$296-49%16-11$19$37,729,03317Weinstein Company
16Gabrielle (2014)$27371%1--$273$3,9121eOne Films US