'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 Mon, May. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$5,168,281-78%4,324--$1,195$96,776,6181Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,040,816-70%3,23833$321$48,593,5522Fox
3Heaven is for Real$600,279-77%2,930225$205$66,104,1973Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$511,100-76%3,179-441$161$237,666,5805Disney
5Rio 2$338,056-86%3,314-389$102$106,920,2844Fox
6Brick Mansions$294,614-72%2,6470$111$15,923,6022Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$153,899-71%1,330-270$116$55,715,2077Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$145,690-74%1,639-427$89$142,814,6997Lionsgate / Summit
9The Quiet Ones$131,171-70%2,0270$65$6,886,8732Lionsgate
11Transcendence$116,131-65%1,775-1680$65$21,482,3613Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$107,093-71%1,354-726$79$26,533,1404Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$98,424-68%1,328-982$74$16,222,8873Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$157,131-68%884-137$178$51,706,0769Fox Searchlight
3Oculus$69,371-62%884-997$78$26,771,7364Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$42,767-69%1648$261$1,672,1214Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,049-85%410-58$44$108,566,1119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$14,673-79%220-83$67$253,121,54813Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$12,975-67%218-34$60$90,729,17510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$12,958-66%235-90$55$106,049,1389Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-65%126-85$28$59,635,13310Fox
10The Nut Job$2,828-83%101-59$28$64,241,59516Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$17,970-62%370$486$1,344,5055Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Decoding Annie Parker$9,59168%13--$738$26,3721eOne Films US
3Belle$9,493-72%4--$2,373$116,0711Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,247-62%60--$137$129,7332RADiUS-TWC
52 States$8,145-83%96-41$85$2,031,5313UTV Motion Pictures
6Cesar Chavez$4,980-66%9752$51$5,555,8466Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$4,393-63%51--$86$44,1441Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,030-63%60-15$51$10,474,7186Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$2,918-59%47-72$62$499,2205Fox Searchlight
10Joe (2014)$2,515-68%39-2$64$344,3154Roadside Attractions
113 Days to Kill$2,153-69%64-21$34$30,657,69111Relativity Media
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,857-68%1211$155$42,7443Rialto Pictures
13Gravity$1,664-66%65-40$26$274,086,61531Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$1,639-67%40-74$41$7,720,7968Focus
15Philomena$919-73%22-11$42$37,692,93224Weinstein Company
16The Unknown Known$651-21%15-7$43$263,2645RADiUS-TWC
17Watermark$629-75%11-5$57$77,4275eOne Films US
18Gloria (2014)$279-81%90$31$2,099,97115Roadside Attractions
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$240-69%1-1$240$40,74413Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$103-63%3-4$34$37,738,50319Weinstein Company