'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, Jun. 7 - Sun, Jun. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The Purge$36,400,000--2,536--$14,353$36,400,0001Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$19,800,000-44%3,77185$5,251$202,985,6953Universal
3Now You See Me$19,500,000-34%3,02095$6,457$61,374,0242Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$18,100,000--3,366--$5,377$18,100,0001Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$11,700,000-30%3,152-433$3,712$200,140,4394Paramount
7After Earth$11,200,000-59%3,4010$3,293$46,591,5692Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$7,380,000-55%3,242-323$2,276$102,373,9563Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$5,787,000-31%2,351-544$2,462$394,316,6656Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,230,000-35%2,160-475$1,958$136,175,1185Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$1,209,400-1%5823$2,078$18,636,8957Roadside Attractions
2Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$890,410-43%1610$5,530$2,942,8352Eros International
3The Croods$775,00016%414-92$1,872$181,699,03812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$589,68011%233101$2,531$2,377,2464IFC Films
542 (2013)$375,000-27%370-131$1,014$92,935,7799Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$355,000-15%322-8$1,102$233,651,86814Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$246,000-38%298-59$826$88,472,4508Universal
8Love Is All You Need$221,87732%10130$2,197$998,0806Sony Pictures Classics
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$165,000-40%236-50$699$121,884,02711Paramount
10What Maisie Knew$161,369-16%12221$1,323$783,4556Millenium Entertainment
11Escape From Planet Earth$105,000-46%182-86$577$56,546,21117Weinstein Company
12Pain and Gain$90,000-44%175-32$514$49,205,7387Paramount
13The Place Beyond the Pines$73,255-13%13431$547$21,256,08911Focus
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$65,000-4%1309$500$9,128,8085Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Before Midnight$584,64845%5221$11,243$1,518,3323Sony Pictures Classics
2The East$247,000221%4137$6,024$354,4112Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$220,000273%4440$5,000$301,6082CBS Films
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$183,400--5--$36,680$183,4001Roadside Attractions
5Stories We Tell$156,52037%7031$2,236$1,105,9235Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$113,000-20%751$1,507$1,076,4837Weinstein Company
7Fill the Void$78,04858%137$6,004$259,7593Sony Pictures Classics
8The Iceman$67,848-45%67-56$1,013$1,852,9096Millennium Entertainment
9Dirty Wars$66,000--4--$16,500$66,0001IFC Films
10The Big Wedding$47,000-37%92-34$511$21,370,4157Lionsgate
11The Sapphires$39,500-30%55-3$718$2,275,71012Weinstein Company
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$35,35015%2413$1,473$127,8003Focus World
13Hannah Arendt$30,000-4%54$6,000$97,6272Zeitgeist Films
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$25,723--11--$2,338$25,7231eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$25,516-42%29-9$880$442,1446eOne Films US
16Violet & Daisy$10,250--17--$603$10,2501Cinedigm
17The Prey$6,310--5--$1,262$6,3101Cohen Media Group
18In the House$3,129-72%8-5$391$387,8698Cohen Media Group