'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, Apr. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$9,664,3244%3,205--$3,015$18,952,1281Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$7,318,40866%3,620-205$2,022$220,574,1454Disney
3Rio 2$6,264,52290%3,703-272$1,692$92,067,8053Fox
4Heaven is for Real$5,841,59844%2,705288$2,160$48,008,6212Sony / TriStar
5Brick Mansions$3,616,6452%2,647--$1,366$7,170,4141Relativity Media
6Transcendence$1,844,99146%3,4550$534$17,476,8362Warner Bros.
7Divergent$1,651,78653%2,066-420$800$138,595,1536Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$1,584,9944%2,027--$782$3,113,3391Lionsgate
10A Haunted House 2$1,391,28743%2,3100$602$13,342,1292Open Road
11Draft Day$1,244,97052%2,080-701$599$23,441,4723Lionsgate / Summit
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,149,33773%1,021-259$1,126$48,156,0958Fox Searchlight
13God's Not Dead$1,097,90733%1,600-196$686$51,826,2456Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Oculus$940,54032%1,881-767$500$24,691,0183Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$265,55271%156130$1,702$737,5323Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,71993%468-312$559$107,893,1258Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$185,87837%1372$1,357$1,629,4022UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$168,742102%303-37$557$252,694,69812Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$95,99245%32560$295$105,745,1438Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$94,59063%252-108$375$90,440,1909Universal
7Frozen (2013)$85,630100%227-63$377$400,113,81123Disney
8The Monuments Men$51,86749%166-55$312$77,656,70012Sony / Columbia
9The Nut Job$46,860109%160-41$293$64,133,11115Open Road
10RoboCop (2014)$41,03372%147-28$279$57,853,66711Sony / Columbia
11Dom Hemingway$27,65847%119-10$232$417,0224Fox Searchlight
12Son of God$27,43345%211-292$130$59,546,2299Fox
13Bad Words$21,77745%114-109$191$7,667,3427Focus
14Gravity$18,10767%105-40$172$274,041,70630Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,716-9%370$1,344$1,063,3844Warner Bros. / IMAX
23 Days to Kill$17,66141%85-25$208$30,599,34210Relativity Media
3Joe (2014)$16,77659%41-7$409$287,3403Roadside Attractions
4About Last Night$15,68151%67-42$234$48,630,21111Sony / Screen Gems
5Sabotage (2014)$15,31950%75-55$204$10,421,0585Open Road
6Cesar Chavez$11,312-44%45-72$251$5,471,3135Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,08975%87-27$81$15,963,4787Lionsgate
8Philomena$7,06895%33-68$214$37,671,73823Weinstein Company
9Watermark$4,98253%168$311$61,1334eOne Films US
10Ernest & Celestine$4,19798%20-11$210$255,2829GKIDS
11The Unknown Known$3,47847%22-27$158$251,4994RADiUS-TWC
12Gloria (2014)$3,183178%9-4$354$2,091,13114Roadside Attractions
13August: Osage County$2,39036%7-9$341$37,733,17418Weinstein Company
14Frankie & Alice$2,24654%24-19$94$691,8224Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15Make Your Move$2,19375%40-102$55$121,0802High Top Releasing
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,99772%2--$999$32,94812Rialto Pictures
17Dallas Buyers Club$1,96877%12-2$164$27,295,61926Focus
18Godzilla: The Japanese Original$36816%10$368$21,6222Rialto Pictures
19Gabrielle (2014)$35039%10$350$4,5142eOne Films US