'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, Sep. 27 - Sun, Sep. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$35,000,000--4,001--$8,748$35,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$11,270,000-46%3,29030$3,426$38,953,9322Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$10,314,0005407%2,2972292$4,490$10,574,9092Universal
4Baggage Claim$9,300,000--2,027--$4,588$9,300,0001Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$9,000,000--2,422--$3,716$9,000,0001Relativity Media
6Insidious Chapter 2$6,747,000-51%3,120-35$2,163$69,544,3953FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$3,674,000-48%2,894-197$1,270$31,696,1703Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$2,865,000-37%2,405-598$1,191$142,418,4528Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,417,000-42%2,062-869$1,172$110,281,0697Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$2,000,000-57%2,0080$996$7,468,2922Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$775,000-56%1,007-466$770$65,353,7518Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$3,380,000-37%948-30$3,565$38,567,4885Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,115,000809%227223$9,317$2,482,4792Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$1,672,075--305--$5,482$1,672,0751Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$774,000-43%748-256$1,035$361,755,82013Universal
5Blue Jasmine$708,003-42%528-319$1,341$30,771,99410Sony Pictures Classics
6Elysium$500,000-66%562-830$890$91,849,0628Sony / TriStar
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$500,000-84%305-13$1,639$5,023,8162Warner Bros.
82 Guns$280,000-57%403-349$695$74,996,4109Universal
9The Wolverine$265,000-42%329-133$805$131,300,17310Fox
10Turbo$225,000-45%282-51$798$81,938,41211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The World's End$199,827-72%281-552$711$25,702,3996Focus
12Thanks for Sharing$162,500-70%251-18$647$901,0912Roadside Attractions
13In a World...$122,600-48%121-23$1,013$2,607,2578Roadside Attractions
14Austenland$117,775-49%107-127$1,101$1,754,4097Sony Pictures Classics
15The Spectacular Now$115,461-70%142-429$813$6,657,2409A24
16The Grandmaster$107,000-55%143-330$748$6,507,5266Weinstein Company
17World War Z$90,000-52%160-43$563$202,280,72815Paramount
18Red 2$83,000-15%110-68$755$52,887,87711Lionsgate / Summit
19Salinger$60,000-67%134-4$448$499,9924Weinstein Company
20You're Next$40,000-80%112-420$357$18,419,2146Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inequality for All$140,000--28--$5,000$140,0001RADiUS-TWC
2Wadjda$78,67018%167$4,917$313,3063Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$59,000-54%55-20$1,073$812,2056Cinedigm
4Haute Cuisine$31,458104%1411$2,247$54,5612Weinstein Company
5Jobs$27,648-69%84-68$329$16,117,7077Open Road
6Snake and Mongoose$18,386-12%142$1,313$152,2238Rocky Mountain Pictures
7Mother of George$17,531--7--$2,504$82,3703Oscilloscope
8Populaire$13,100-53%244$546$130,2034Weinstein Company
9GMO OMG$10,030--8--$1,254$39,9013Submarine Deluxe