'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,920,000-11%4,1000$8,029$222,620,8143Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,688,000--3,010--$10,195$64,008,2651Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$28,027,000--2,814--$9,960$67,465,4251Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,800,000--3,367--$4,396$29,588,6921Fox
5Jack Reacher$14,010,000-8%3,3520$4,180$44,563,1582Paramount
6This is 40$13,186,00014%2,9141$4,525$37,116,2902Universal
7Lincoln$7,509,00036%1,966-327$3,819$132,038,7978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,700,00027%2,4310$2,756$21,110,3562Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,363,00033%2,6180$2,430$18,489,4642Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,900,000-15%2,055-976$2,384$90,147,1306Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,600,000-5%1,637-728$2,810$289,627,3788Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,825,000-5%1,178-572$3,247$84,695,1846Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,450,000-7%1,191-809$2,057$286,129,7767Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$4,110,000131%745374$5,517$27,360,7227Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,00011%8400$2,857$7,426,6612Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$2,005,00010%913-531$2,196$175,655,1199Disney
4Argo$1,075,00019%345-105$3,116$108,497,11112Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$526,659-21%218-113$2,416$10,706,7357Focus
7Hitchcock$400,000-31%349-186$1,146$5,006,9346Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,5166FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$271,00032%232-43$1,168$138,925,36713Fox
10Pitch Perfect$158,00021%183-31$863$64,403,28314Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,000-71%268-583$466$12,687,6304FilmDistrict
12End of Watch$92,00027%162-10$568$40,754,60315Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,50013%125-16$700$17,306,34115Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,41911%84-2$5,112$1,737,7214Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$315,000-24%50$63,000$1,367,5712Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$190,150--25--$7,606$190,1501Focus
4The Impossible$184,50028%150$12,300$484,8472Lionsgate / Summit
5Rust and Bone$121,434-4%26-1$4,671$594,4576Sony Pictures Classics
6Amour$60,016-12%30$20,005$217,7912Sony Pictures Classics
7Not Fade Away$56,000192%1916$2,947$97,0122Paramount Vantage
8Chasing Ice$47,967--40--$1,199$780,1388Submarine Deluxe
9Sinister$40,00042%82-11$488$48,056,78412Lionsgate / Summit
10Alex Cross$37,00036%77-17$481$25,863,97011Lionsgate / Summit
11Searching For Sugar Man$29,86790%283$1,067$3,007,34123Sony Pictures Classics
12Holy Motors$24,177--14--$1,727$511,23111Indomina Releasing
13Paranormal Activity 4$21,00073%500$420$53,885,06911Paramount
14The Other Son$20,704--17--$1,218$1,160,00610Cohen Media Group
15West of Memphis$13,856--5--$2,771$22,8521Sony Pictures Classics