'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. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Man of Steel$113,080,000--4,207--$26,879$125,142,1241Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,500,000--3,055--$6,710$32,808,1351Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$10,320,000-46%3,08262$3,348$80,009,4433Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,433,000-52%3,375-396$2,795$219,573,6254Universal
5The Purge$8,200,000-76%2,59155$3,165$51,844,8502Universal
6The Internship$7,000,000-60%3,39933$2,059$30,951,3612Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$5,660,000-50%2,331-821$2,428$210,490,6945Paramount
9After Earth$3,750,000-65%2,432-969$1,542$54,214,0153Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,908,000-49%1,649-702$1,763$399,610,2397Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,735,000-63%1,901-1341$1,439$107,985,5524Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,605,000-62%1,175-985$1,366$139,908,5416Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Before Midnight$1,525,912190%897845$1,701$3,198,1614Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$639,00075%44474$1,439$93,734,36810Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,000-21%368-46$1,549$182,651,09713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$492,500-58%405-175$1,216$19,568,1628Roadside Attractions
5Frances Ha$321,000-41%214-19$1,500$2,904,1665IFC Films
6The East$285,00025%11574$2,478$706,3053Fox Searchlight
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$216,000-42%259-63$834$234,148,53715Disney
8Oblivion (2013)$170,000-31%258-40$659$88,764,7109Universal
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$103,000-43%170-66$606$122,100,92712Paramount
10Scary Movie 5$81,000469%14190$574$31,524,25710Weinstein / Dimension
11Escape From Planet Earth$64,000-40%151-31$424$56,693,34718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Bling Ring$210,001--5--$42,000$210,0011A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$162,580-5%2318$7,069$389,6142Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$142,000-33%6319$2,254$533,9443CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$104,578-50%72-29$1,452$1,173,3877Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$87,23211%185$4,846$389,6304Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$79,500-44%63-7$1,262$1,240,3036Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$69,000-39%70-5$986$1,204,4878Weinstein Company
8What Maisie Knew$52,941-65%51-71$1,038$899,9527Millenium Entertainment
920 Feet from Stardom$52,211--3--$17,404$52,2111RADiUS-TWC
10Dirty Wars$50,400-21%1410$3,600$139,1782IFC Films
11Pain and Gain$37,000-63%70-105$529$49,290,2918Paramount
12The Place Beyond the Pines$30,922-57%78-56$396$21,318,71712Focus
13Hannah Arendt$26,509-27%61$4,418$153,0143Zeitgeist Films
14Pandora's Promise$20,421--16--$1,276$21,3451Abramorama
15The Iceman$16,089-76%30-37$536$1,901,0157Millennium Entertainment
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,624-54%14-15$830$472,4997eOne Films US
17We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,884-70%11-14$989$159,3004Focus World
18Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,444-79%6-5$907$41,1892eOne Films US
19So Young$5,000--3--$1,667$5,0001China Lion Film
20Call Me Kuchu$3,200--1--$3,200$3,2001Cinedigm