'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, May. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,560,737-14%4,324--$823$110,700,7221Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,105,850-11%3,23833$342$52,480,0432Fox
3Heaven is for Real$611,388-7%2,930225$209$68,220,0393Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$509,053-5%3,179-441$160$239,377,7455Disney
5Rio 2$341,2601%3,314-389$103$108,040,2444Fox
6Brick Mansions$231,446-23%2,6470$87$16,847,8182Relativity Media
8God's Not Dead$168,692-6%1,330-270$127$56,262,8167Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$143,746-16%1,639-427$88$143,323,9197Lionsgate / Summit
10Draft Day$110,256-20%1,354-726$81$26,914,7914Lionsgate / Summit
11Transcendence$98,157-21%1,775-1680$55$21,856,0733Warner Bros.
12The Quiet Ones$98,081-25%2,0270$48$7,276,3892Lionsgate
13A Haunted House 2$75,433-21%1,328-982$57$16,499,7863Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$184,571-1%884-137$209$52,281,1289Fox Searchlight
3Oculus$57,027-23%884-997$65$26,985,9574Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$46,774-9%1648$285$1,822,7964Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,756-2%410-58$43$108,620,6919Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,5491%220-83$80$253,178,10613Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$14,065-7%218-34$65$90,775,93510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$13,108-9%235-90$56$106,091,5029Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,5871%126-85$28$59,646,23610Fox
10The Nut Job$3,43818%101-59$34$64,251,53816Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$33,04431%370$893$1,424,8205Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Belle$11,01316%4--$2,753$147,1011Fox Searchlight
3Blue Ruin$9,93216%60--$166$156,7582RADiUS-TWC
42 States$8,740-26%96-41$91$2,068,6003UTV Motion Pictures
5Decoding Annie Parker$6,60861%13--$508$38,2641eOne Films US
6Cesar Chavez$4,625-22%9752$48$5,571,4976Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Walk of Shame$3,481-38%51--$68$59,2091Focus World
8Sabotage (2014)$3,22413%60-15$54$10,484,1636Open Road
9Dom Hemingway$3,210-2%47-72$68$509,5305Fox Searchlight
10Bad Words$3,19025%40-74$80$7,729,6118Focus
11Joe (2014)$2,936-7%39-2$75$354,1914Roadside Attractions
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,664144%1210$222$48,6213Rialto Pictures
133 Days to Kill$2,6132%64-21$41$30,665,66211Relativity Media
14Gravity$2,10910%65-40$32$274,092,70531Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,100-33%22-11$50$37,697,01824Weinstein Company
16Watermark$1,02933%11-5$94$79,9485eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$46710%1-1$467$41,89413Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$35812%15-7$24$264,8235RADiUS-TWC
19Gloria (2014)$252-26%90$28$2,103,54315Roadside Attractions
20August: Osage County$77-29%3-4$26$37,738,81019Weinstein Company