'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. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,556,110-3%3,279--$1,085$65,525,2051Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,936,763-6%4,3240$448$155,366,6372Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$810,4144%3,30668$245$65,364,1933Fox
4Heaven is for Real$512,403-1%3,048118$168$77,848,5414Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$403,386-4%2,701-478$149$246,868,2466Disney
6Rio 2$311,83712%2,973-341$105$114,251,3255Fox
7Moms' Night Out$293,86432%1,044--$281$5,427,4321Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222,9197%2,658--$84$4,607,0211Clarius Entertainment
9God's Not Dead$125,2321%1,000-330$125$58,186,3528Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Divergent$119,205-14%1,233-406$97$145,625,0008Lionsgate / Summit
12Brick Mansions$118,016-20%1,954-693$60$19,103,8463Relativity Media
13The Quiet Ones$33,740-33%1,133-894$30$8,196,3393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$159,8503%770-114$208$54,436,80610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$62,057-5%820-534$76$28,023,6195Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$47,1700%18117$261$2,444,3785Weinstein Company
5The LEGO Movie$37,6063%401181$94$253,817,65214Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$29,820-13%515-1260$58$22,355,8894Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$24,196-21%526-802$46$16,967,2244Open Road
8Oculus$22,402-18%410-474$55$27,349,8705Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,7378%357-53$58$108,998,30010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,4500%23618$70$91,171,10511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$9,1213%191-44$48$106,206,84610Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$52,0354%4541$1,156$827,2982Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,71237%36-1$1,353$1,690,6156Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$22,7139%6--$3,786$282,8731Open Road
4Blue Ruin$7,4167%611$122$229,8163RADiUS-TWC
52 States$4,486-37%59-37$76$2,185,7274UTV Motion Pictures
6Decoding Annie Parker$3,700-11%2-11$1,850$48,3902eOne Films US
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,506-58%2917$121$110,4384Rialto Pictures
83 Days to Kill$2,54611%42-22$61$30,697,99912Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,32911%51-9$46$10,508,5187Open Road
10Son of God$1,90335%68-58$28$59,673,27411Fox
11Bad Words$1,326-9%29-11$46$7,742,9959Focus
12Joe (2014)$1,170-7%23-16$51$369,5635Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$690-38%4--$173$30,4871Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$61428%13-9$47$37,704,00325Weinstein Company
15Watermark$368-20%5-6$74$84,4646eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$287-17%7-2$41$2,107,92516Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2513%10$251$44,80614Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$172-12%6-9$29$266,2116RADiUS-TWC