'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, Aug. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,010,000--2,933--$8,527$25,010,0001Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,780,000-33%3,32565$5,347$69,513,4852Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,600,000-54%3,2840$4,141$55,914,3062Sony / TriStar
4Kick-Ass 2$13,568,000--2,940--$4,615$13,568,0001Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,375,000-42%3,08049$2,719$38,903,6582Fox
7Jobs$6,700,000--2,381--$2,814$6,700,0001Open Road
82 Guns$5,572,000-50%2,471-557$2,255$59,221,3453Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,600,000-51%2,349-1518$1,958$56,912,1893Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,425,000-45%2,058-809$2,150$120,458,1564Fox
11The Conjuring$3,910,000-41%2,001-649$1,954$127,862,8705Warner Bros. / New Line
12Despicable Me 2$3,781,000-36%1,818-577$2,080$345,987,1207Universal
13Paranoia$3,500,000--2,459--$1,423$3,500,0001Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,750,000-52%1,241-861$1,410$127,435,4306Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Blue Jasmine$2,359,3951%229110$10,303$9,489,9764Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,025,000-56%759-1012$1,350$77,604,2805Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$880,000-55%691-660$1,274$155,471,6328Fox
4Chennai Express$842,000-62%190-6$4,432$3,963,2002UTV Motion Pictures
5Pacific Rim$725,000-53%444-536$1,633$98,401,4676Warner Bros.
6Red 2$720,000-63%715-859$1,007$50,994,8915Lionsgate / Summit
7The Way, Way Back$680,000-54%457-323$1,488$17,793,2407Fox Searchlight
8Fruitvale Station$513,000-64%477-351$1,075$14,632,5776Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$444,000-35%281-124$1,580$261,117,6049Disney
10World War Z$434,000-34%307-198$1,414$198,300,1339Paramount
12The Lone Ranger$228,000-22%184-77$1,239$87,712,9717Disney
13Star Trek Into Darkness$194,000-33%210-46$924$227,161,53214Paramount
14Now You See Me$150,0004%134-9$1,119$115,996,02712Lionsgate / Summit
15Fast & Furious 6$88,800-40%141-50$630$238,447,06513Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Spectacular Now$418,98957%5536$7,618$1,080,9163A24
2In a World...$230,510227%3734$6,230$334,0672Roadside Attractions
320 Feet from Stardom$115,983-40%95-17$1,221$4,078,72810RADiUS-TWC
4Austenland$42,633--4--$10,658$42,6331Sony Pictures Classics
6The Attack$34,510-61%30-15$1,150$1,441,1439Cohen Media Group
7Ain't Them Bodies Saints$28,800--3--$9,600$28,8001IFC Films
8I'm So Excited$23,642-54%31-21$763$1,274,0808Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,575-44%36-17$627$4,219,47211Roadside Attractions
10Tiny Times 2$22,000--6--$3,667$22,0001China Lion Film
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$21,500-65%32-45$672$32,219,1757Lionsgate / Summit
12Cutie and the Boxer$21,093--3--$7,031$21,0931RADiUS-TWC
13You Will Be My Son$15,469--1--$15,469$15,4691Cohen Media Group
14Mud$14,600-55%28-16$521$21,567,39517Roadside Attractions
15The Artist and the Model$9,406-49%50$1,881$67,0883Cohen Media Group
16Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,100--2--$4,550$9,1001Paladin / Film Buff
17Only God Forgives$8,698-41%16-1$544$765,3685RADiUS-TWC
18The Patience Stone$7,363--2--$3,682$9,7371Sony Pictures Classics
19The Bling Ring$5,296-69%18-22$294$5,824,03610A24
20Stuck in Love$3,066--5--$613$76,4057Millennium Entertainment
21Inch'Allah$3,000--1--$3,000$454,7901eOne Films US