'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 Tue, Jun. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$5,002,851-2%3,173--$1,577$58,100,8621Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$3,482,26310%3,490--$998$35,409,9691Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,021,62915%3,639-362$556$193,343,0163Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,058,44015%3,1602$335$32,314,8402Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$855,13214%3,110-391$275$186,821,4834Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$800,8709%2,674-265$300$139,463,2005Universal
8Blended$611,11221%2,928-627$209$37,697,5443Warner Bros.
9Chef$403,10123%1,298674$311$11,113,1095Open Road
10The Amazing Spider-Man 2$315,89717%1,481-671$213$196,937,1946Sony / Columbia
11Million Dollar Arm$309,42317%1,643-686$188$32,125,1444Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$148,83923%702-281$212$125,951,9889Fox
2Belle$125,61521%476-49$264$7,821,8066Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$75,26113%489-625$154$82,363,7827Fox
4Heaven is for Real$70,93720%446-276$159$88,937,6118Sony / TriStar
5The Grand Seduction$66,444105%10713$621$921,7002eOne Films US
6The LEGO Movie$55,75318%274-28$203$255,981,54918Warner Bros.
7Holiday (2014)$50,17049%144--$348$478,7251Reliance Entertainment
8Divergent$45,10110%298-75$151$149,149,30312Lionsgate / Summit
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$37,87037%224-30$169$110,405,69114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,37412%185-64$191$57,844,54514Fox Searchlight
11Moms' Night Out$32,99832%292-91$113$9,973,4925Sony / TriStar
12God's Not Dead$32,42213%20045$162$60,105,95412Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Immigrant$32,14734%145-5$222$1,478,0284Weinstein Company
15The Railway Man$14,30353%177-319$81$4,256,5479Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$6,90920%113-60$61$28,798,7929Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,9004%105-23$37$22,989,7198Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$38,696-9%390$992$2,731,53710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$34,98415%9885$357$602,2393Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$18,77735%88-16$213$1,248,3805RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$11,7734%9954$119$20,143,1287Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$10,089-7%84-96$120$8,300,1435Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$3,667-11%44-30$83$17,322,2718Open Road
7Oculus$3,637-5%47-36$77$27,655,2689Relativity Media
8Filmistaan$2,140-5%24--$89$35,5131UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$1,388-10%16-26$87$291,1465Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$574126%3-3$191$254,6337RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$364-36%32$121$272,11110RADiUS-TWC
12Heropanti$25--3-8$8$62,2703UTV Motion Pictures