'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, Jun. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,163,908-66%4,0015$791$165,184,1092Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,627,855-62%3,158--$515$18,425,2401Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,152,979-66%3,501-451$329$175,592,6653Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$911,525-57%2,939-327$310$129,877,8904Universal
6Blended$709,031-64%3,5550$199$30,059,8702Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$378,342-65%2,152-1008$176$193,114,2445Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$344,767-64%2,329-690$148$28,329,8203Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$158,352-53%1,114-1040$142$81,234,3866Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,211-61%624126$330$7,032,6414Open Road
2Belle$135,197-62%52572$258$6,324,0955Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$124,577-65%983-718$127$124,445,3148Fox
4Heaven is for Real$95,443-62%722-998$132$88,108,7907Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$64,584-59%539-834$120$255,241,1349Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$45,655-51%249-111$183$57,384,42613Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$40,548-52%373-271$109$148,681,10311Lionsgate / Summit
8Moms' Night Out$39,019-46%383-478$102$9,629,2424Sony / TriStar
9The Immigrant$33,086-60%1503$221$1,118,4263Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$32,252-62%302-21$107$255,469,24917Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$26,988-58%496-104$54$4,076,4598Weinstein Company
12Fed Up$22,395-57%1042$215$1,047,6414RADiUS-TWC
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,174-62%254-32$87$110,071,85613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15God's Not Dead$16,545-55%155-90$107$59,813,72111Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$16,150-45%180-494$90$8,173,4424Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$9,804-55%17328$57$28,708,1628Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$5,697-58%128-74$45$22,936,1857Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$36,104-57%94--$384$359,8471eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$27,551-2%390$706$2,420,8349Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$8,495-62%133$653$226,1742Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$6,074-64%74-14$82$17,269,8417Open Road
5The Hornet's Nest$5,161-60%42-15$123$260,9894Freestyle Releasing
6Oculus$5,044-61%83-22$61$27,608,0748Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$3,398-54%72-20$47$8,499,5106Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,596-57%45-123$58$20,033,9706Relativity Media
9Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,000307%40$250$135,1207Rialto Pictures
10Heropanti$813-64%11-5$74$57,9632UTV Motion Pictures
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$180-68%2--$90$46,76517Rialto Pictures
12Blue Ruin$154-73%61$26$250,1686RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$3559%1-4$35$269,1869RADiUS-TWC