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GLOBAL: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Invades China with $47M Debut; 'Guardians' Conquers $500M Mark; 'Lucy' Stays Hot Overseas on August 31, 2014

apes.pngA $47 million opening weekend in China boosted the latest overseas tally for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to $51.2 million. The Chinese opening weekend brings the overseas cume for the film up to $408.1 million and its global total to $613.3 million. Japan and Venezuela are still left on the schedule as Apes looks to hold on in the coming weeks to cross $700 million worldwide.

Guardians of the Galaxy took a $7 million debut from Germany as it posted a $36 million haul in its fifth weekend of overseas release. The film has grossed a total of $273.1 million outside of North America and is reporting a $547.7 million global total. Top markets for the film include the UK ($41.2m), Russia ($35.8M), and Australia ($21.1M).

Lucy crossed the $150 million mark overseas after adding $31.2 million in its latest frame outside of North America. The film’s overseas cume now stands at $151.6 million, with a global total of $270 million.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finished the weekend with $13 million from 13 territories, including a $2.6 million debut from 500 locations in South Korea. The film has now grossed a total of $112.1 million outside of North America and $278.2 million worldwide.

Into the Storm expanded to four key markets and brought in a total of $12.7 million in its latest frame overseas. The cumulative total for the natural disaster flick now stands at $47.7 million across 51 overseas markets. New releases were led by a #1 finish in South Korea with a $5.2 million haul from 566 screens. Upcoming key markets for the film include Mexico, Australia, and China as it looks to improve its $89.6 million global total. Russia continues to lead all overseas markets with a $6.6 million cume.

A strong hold in China helped How to Train Your Dragon 2 bring in $10.5 million from 23 markets this weekend. Its third frame in China was responsible for $6.3 million, lifting the market total to $57.3 million. The film has grossed a total of $420.2 million overseas and $593.6 million worldwide.

A $9.8 million weekend overseas put Hercules over the $100 million mark outside of North America. The action flick has grossed a total of $103.8 million overseas and $174.8 million worldwide.

Let’s Be Cops took in $6.5 million from 23 markets, including a $2.7 million opening weekend in the UK. The film also opened in Russia over the weekend, where it earned $1.8 million in its debut. Let’s Be Cops has grossed a total of $9.7 million in its run overseas and $67 million worldwide.

If I Stay took a $4.6 million start from its first 10 markets, taking its global cume to $34.4 million. Key openers included a $1.2 million haul from Russia, $1.1 million take from Australia, and $867k from Mexico.

The Fault in our Stars earned $3.5 million form 13 markets, bringing its overseas cume up to $162.7 million. The film has grossed $287.2 million worldwide.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is up to $828.1 million overseas after adding $2.6 million from its latest frame outside of North America. The film has grossed a total of $1.072 billion globally.

As Above/So Below added 5 more territories this weekend as it registered a $1.4 million frame overseas. The horror movie has now grossed $2.4 million outside of North America from a total of 8 territories. The film’s global total stands at $10.7 million.

NORTH AMERICA: 4-Day Studio Estimates: '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 $10.2M on August 30, 2014

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Monday Update: 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.

Sunday Update: Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $16.31 million over the three-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 $274.61 million through 31 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the three-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was down a very slim 5 percent from last weekend. Disney is currently estimating a four-day take of $21.19 million for the film.

While it didn't hold up all that well this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the three-day frame with an estimated $11.75 million. Over the three-day frame, the successful franchise re-launch was down 30 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 24-day take of $162.41 million. Paramount is currently estimating a four-day take of $15.5 million for the film.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated three-day take of $9.26 million. That represented a respectable 41 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $29.82 million in ten days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 14 percent ahead of the $26.11 million ten-day take of last year's Carrie (which fell 63 percent in its second weekend to gross $5.99 million). BoxOffice is currently estimating a four-day take of $11.6 million for If I Stay.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fourth place over the three-day frame with an estimated $8.3 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 an $8.70 million 3-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below opened with $3.2 million on Friday, fell 12.5 percent on Saturday to take in $2.8 million and is estimated to decline 18 percent on Sunday to gross $2.34 million. That places the film's estimated 3-day weekend to Friday ratio at 2.61 to 1. The film received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. Universal is currently estimating a four-day take of $10.0 million for the film.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated three-day take of $7.66 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 five-day total for The November Man stands at $9.35 million, which gives the film a five-day to three-day ratio of just 1.22 to 1. The November Man is currently running 21 percent behind the $11.81 million five-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. Relativity is currently estimating a four-day take of $9.8 million for the film.

Let's Be Cops placed in fifth with an estimated three-day gross of $8.2 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 24 percent. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now quickly approaching the $60 million mark with a 19-day take of $57.32 million. BoxOffice is currently estimating a four-day take of $10.4 million for Let's Be Cops.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated three-day take of $2.63 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $6,872 from 382 locations. Lionsgate is currently estimating a four-day gross of $3.28 million for the film.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $1.65 million over the three-day frame from 784 locations. Sony is currently estimating a four-day take of $2.00 million for the re-issue.

Saturday Update: Disney reports that Guardians of the Galaxy officially became the year's top domestic grosser on Friday with another $3.85 million added to its haul, off just 20 percent from last Friday, as it again claimed first place. That gives the film $262.1 million overall so far, surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier's final tally of $259.8 million. Through the same point in release (29 days), Guardians is now 13 percent ahead of the pace of Winter Soldier and just 1.6 percent behind that of 2008's original Iron Man. BoxOffice projects a $16.3 million 3-day weekend and a $21.8 million 4-day holiday frame.

Universal opened As Above So Below to a healthy $3.2 million yesterday after Thursday night's $470,000 preview grosses. The horror/thriller pic bowed 48 percent lower than 2012's The Possession (which also opened Labor Day weekend) and 36 percent under Oculus, however, As Above's modest $5 million production budget gives it a pass on that front. BoxOffice projects a $9.3 million 3-day and $11.2 million 4-day.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grabbed $2.66 million yesterday, down 41 percent from the same day last week. The reboot has amassed $153.3 million through 22 days of release, 21 percent more than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra through the same point. BoxOffice projects an $11.3 million 3-day weekend and $14.7 million 4-day.

Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay added $2.6 million yesterday, off 62 percent from opening day last week. The young adult drama has earned $23.2 million thus far, 42 percent more than The Host at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $9.4 million 3-day frame and $11.9 million 4-day.

Rounding out Friday's top five, Relativity Media's The November Man posted $2.2 million in its third day of release for a $3.89 million total so far. The film is pacing 14 percent behind 2011's The Debt, which also opened on Wednesday before Labor Day. BoxOffice projects The November Man will take in $8 million for the 3-day and $10.2 million for the 4-day.

On the limited release front, Sony's 30th anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters took in $490,000 from 784 locations on Friday. That's a per-theater average of $625. The performance is noticeably lower than that of 2012's Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX re-release ($1,648 opening day PTA) and 2012's Top Gun 3D ($1,757), although it should be noted that Ghostbusters doesn't have the advantage of premium priced tickets that those flicks carried. BoxOffice projects a $1.3 million 3-day and $1.7 million 4-day weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday morning for official 3- and 4-day weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Early reports indicate that Guardians of the Galaxy is on pace for a $19 million 4-day Labor Day weekend, and possibly a bit more as the holiday frame unfolds. The Disney/Marvel pic will overtake Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the year's top grossing domestic release today (Friday).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is pacing for a $16 million extended weekend. The film remains a solid choice for families, a perfect recipe for the holiday.

Universal's As Above So Below is on track for a $12 million 4-day opening after its $470,000 Thursday night start.

Meanwhile, The November Man will likely end up around $11.5 million Friday through Monday. The Pierce Brosnan flick earned $1.7 million in its first two days this week, setting it up for a 6-day bow around $13.2 million.

Friday Update #1: Sources report that As Above So Below conjured up an estimated $470,000 from Thursday, a decent start considering the film's modest $5 million production budget. The opening night performance is in line with Oculus' $480,000 Thursday night start back in April. That film went on to earn $12 million over opening weekend. With Labor Day extending As Above's frame into four days, the Universal horror/thriller should land around a similar mark.

More to come.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on the Verge of becoming 2014’s #1 Film; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Surpasses $150M Mark on August 29, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy grossed $1.56 million on Thursday to continue to claim first place at the daily box office. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel surpassed the $257.75 million take of The LEGO Movie to become the second highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. With a four-week total of $258.29 million, Guardians of the Galaxy will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today, to move into first place for 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down a healthy 39 percent from last Thursday. The film claimed first place for the week with $24.04 million, which represented a 34.5 percent decline from the previous frame.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $1.08 million. In the process, Paramount's successful franchise re-launch surpassed the $150 million domestic mark on Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was down 1 percent from Wednesday and down 54 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $21.85 million. That was a 45 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to an impressive $150.66 million.

Warner's If I Stay took in an estimated $1.04 million to remain in third. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday. If I Stay placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $20.56 million. That was towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 2 percent ahead of the $20.12 million seven-day take of last year's Carrie.

Let's Be Cops followed in fourth place with $0.85 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 4 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in fourth for the week with $14.88 million. That represented a 42 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's 16-day total to a very solid $49.12 million. Let's Be Cops is set to surpass the $50 million mark today.

Relativity's The November Man rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.83 million. The action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan was down 4 percent from Wednesday. The November Man has grossed $1.69 million in two days. That is just below the $1.90 million two-day Pre-Labor Day weekend start of The Debt back in 2011.

Sony's When the Game Stands Tall and The Weinstein Company's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For rounded out their first weeks of release with respective grosses of $0.52 million and $0.42 million on Thursday. When the Game Stands Tall increased 2 percent over Wednesday, while Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was down a troubling 11 percent. For the week, When the Game Stands Tall performed just below expectations with a modest seven-day start of $10.67 million and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For disappointed in a very big way with a seven-day start of just $8.59 million.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Guardians' Maintains Hold on First Place with $1.5M; 'Turtles' & 'If I Stay' Neck-and-Neck; 'The November Man' Bows to $0.86M on August 28, 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy retained first place on Wednesday with a gross of $1.51 million, off 42.5 percent from the same day last week. That brings the Disney/Marvel flick's domestic sum to $256.7 million and counting as it heads into Labor Day weekend. Guardians is now 12 percent ahead of the pace of Captain America: The Winter Soldier--which, along with The LEGO Movie's $257.75 million, it will overtake as the year's top grosser before the end of Friday--and just 2 percent behind the pace of 2008's original Iron Man.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grabbed another $1.09 million yesterday for a 55 percent week-to-week drop. The reboot has earned $149.6 million domestically in its first 20 days, 21 percent more than 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

If I Stay added $1.04 million yesterday, giving it $19.5 million in the bank through 6 days of release. The drama is currently pacing 43 percent ahead of the 6-day take of The Host and 23 percent behind The Time Traveler's Wife.

Let's Be Cops brought in $0.88 million on Wednesday for a 50 percent week-to-week decline. The comedy's total haul stands at $48.3 million through 15 days, 28 percent less than Pineapple Express at the same point.

Relativity reports that The November Man posted $0.86 million in its first day of release Wednesday. By comparison, that's 49 percent behind the $1.67 million pre-Labor Day Wednesday bow of The American in 2010 and 11 percent behind the $0.97 million Wednesday opening of 2011's The Debt.

When the Game Stands Tall pulled $0.5 million yesterday to give it a 6-day cume of $10.1 million. The football drama is running 20 percent behind the pace of Draft Day.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For took in $0.47 million yesterday, giving it a 6-day start of $8.2 million. Unfortunately, the sequel isn't finding its feet as it trails last year's Kick-Ass 2 by 53 percent through the same point.


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