Sunday Update: Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy claimed first place this weekend with an estimated $17.63 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel returned to first place after finishing in second each of the past two weekends. Guardians of the Galaxy held up extremely well this weekend, as it was down just 30 percent from last weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed the $250 million mark this weekend and has grossed $251.88 million in 24 days. That currently ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically (behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Lego Movie). Guardians of the Galaxy is set to move into first place for the year within the next week.
After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell to second with an estimated $16.8 million. Paramount's successful franchise re-launch was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $145.61 million through 17 days of release. The film will zoom past the $150 million domestic mark within the next week and should continue to further stabilize next weekend with help from the Labor Day holiday.
Warner's If I Stay debuted in third with an estimated $16.36 million. The low-budget drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and performed well with its cost in mind. If I Stay opened slightly ahead of the $16.10 million debut of last year's Carrie, which also starred Moretz. Due in part to its different genre and in part to the limited amount of new wide releases over the next few weeks, If I Stay will hope to hold up better going forward than Carrie did. If I Stay opened with $6.82 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in $5.61 million and is estimated to fall 30 percent on Sunday to gross $3.93 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.40 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (77 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (61 percent). If I Stay received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.
Let's Be Cops followed in fourth with an estimated $11.0 million. Fox's low-budget action-comedy held up well in its second weekend, as it was down 38 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops has grossed $45.25 million in twelve days. That is in line with the lower end of expectations and places the film 21 percent behind the recent $56.99 million twelve-day take of Tammy. Let's Be Cops will likely continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to no new comedies entering the marketplace the next few weeks.
Sony's When the Game Stands Tall rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.0 million. The low-budget drama from TriStar and AFFIRM Films opened on the low end of expectations. When the Game Stands Tall opened just below the $9.78 million start of Draft Day earlier this year. The film opened with $3.00 million on Friday, increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $3.60 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.40 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 to 1. When the Game Stands Tall received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore and will have a good chance of holding up well going forward.
Meanwhile, fellow new release Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely stumbled out the gate this weekend with an extremely disappointing estimated eighth place start of just $6.48 million. The graphic novel adaptation sequel opened well below all expectations and a massive 78 percent below the $29.12 million start of 2005's Sin City (which didn't the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions). Unlike 300: Rise of an Empire earlier this year, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was unable to overcome the long gap in time between it and its predecessor. The film opened with $2.62 million on Friday, fell 18 percent on Saturday to take in $2.14 million and is estimated to decline 20 percent on Sunday to gross $1.71 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.47 to 1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore.
The Giver and The Expendables 3 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $6.73 million and $6.6 million. The Weinstein Company's The Giver was down a reasonable 45 percent from last weekend, while The Expendables 3 fell a sharp 58 percent. Respective ten-day totals stand at a solid $24.10 million for The Giver and at a very disappointing $27.52 million for The Expendables 3.
Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay grabbed $6.83 million on Friday, including Thursday's $1.1 million sneaks. That's a healthy start for the young adult adaptation and sets it up nicely for a weekend around $17 million. If I Stay's opening day was 44 percent higher than The Giver's last week, and just 12 percent behind August 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife. The film's CinemaScore was a solid "A-", while Flixster users are more middling at 75 percent.
The race for first place could be a close one, though. Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy slipped just 30 percent from last Friday to $4.83 million yesterday, taking second place. The flick boasts $239.1 million in the domestic bank so far, and it will overtake Transformers: Age of Extinction on Saturday to become the summer's highest grossing film. The pic is also an impressive 12 percent ahead of the pace of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. BoxOffice projects a $17.2 million return to first place for Guardians' fourth weekend.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was no slouch itself on its third Friday, dropping a healthy 43 percent from last Friday to $4.54 million. The reboot has claimed $133.35 million to date, 19 percent ahead of the pace of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. BoxOffice projects $16.1 million for its third frame.
When the Game Stands Tall earned $3 million yesterday, 44 percent behind the opening day take of 2006's Invincible. BoxOffice projects a $9.5 million opening weekend.
Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was dead on arrival Friday. The nine-years-in-the-making sequel took in $2.62 million on Friday after an already disappointing $480,000 Thursday night start. The opening day figure is 55 percent lower than last year's Kick-Ass 2, and puts the film on course for an opening frame around $6 million. For reference, the original Sin City took in $11.8 million on opening day alone in its April 2005 debut. Early fan word of mouth appears mixed with a 76 percent Flixster score, comparable to 300: Rise of an Empire's 73 percent one day after release.
Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that If I Stay is pacing for an opening day around $5 million. If that holds, an opening weekend in the $13-14 million range is likely.
Meanwhile, When the Game Stands Tall is performing on par with expectations around a $3.5 million Friday. That would likely get the film over $10 million for the weekend.
The news isn't improving for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. After alarmingly low Thursday night numbers, sources report that the sequel may net around $4 million today. If that holds, a sub-$10 million weekend remains very likely (possibly closer to $9 million).
Friday Report #1: Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay bowed to a healthy $1.1 million gross from Thursday shows starting at 7pm. Previously, Fandango reported the adaptation was leading all films in pre-weekend ticket sales in what's shaping up to be a chase for first place.
Appropriate comparisons would seem to be The Fault In Our Stars ($8.2 million Thursday opening) and Divergent ($4.9 million), however, those films were more likely to be front-loaded given their dedicated fan base and pre-release hype. A fair comparison may be that of the Carrie remake, also starring Chloe Grace Moretz, which opened to $0.73 million on Thursday as part of its $16.1 million opening weekend. Additionally, last week's The Giver earned $0.75 million as part of a $12.3 million frame.
Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opened soft last night with $0.48 million. The nine-year wait for the sequel undoubtedly tempered excitement outside the fanboy crowd. By comparison, last August's Kick-Ass 2 pulled $1.3 million from Thursday 8pm shows and went on to a disappointing $13.3 million weekend. A sub-$10 million weekend for the Sin City sequel looks likely.
When the Game Stands Tall earned $0.425 million last night, slightly more than Draft Day's $0.31 million earlier this year. The film could end up around $10 million this weekend.
By Daniel Garris
Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.
Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.
The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.
Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.
LOS ANGELES - August 21, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the Chloe Grace Moretz romantic drama, "If I Stay," tops the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator this week, scoring a strong 75 out of 100 points. The film has also led Fandango's weekend ticket sales since Monday, and is currently outpacing the Nicholas Sparks romance, "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron, at the same point in that film's sales cycle on Fandango.
Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 "If I Stay" ticket-buyers on its site and found that:
· 84% are familiar with the novel by Gayle Forman;
· 82% already hope to see the book's sequel, "Where She Went," adapted for the screen;
· 77% have seen "The Hunger Games" movies; 58% have seen "Divergent;" 57% have seen "The Fault in Our Stars;"
· 73% plan to see the movie as part of a girls' night out.
"'If I Stay' is that young adult movie rarity," says Fandango correspondent Tara McNamara. "Like ‘The Fault in Our Stars,' it's a heart-wrenching romance portraying a teenager with an amazing connection to her parents, and its wide-ranging appeal is translating into top weekend ticket sales." Tara breaks down the film for parents on Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Mom's Movie Minute," concluding that the movie is most appropriate for kids "ages 15 and up." The full episode can be seen at http://www.fandango.com/video-galleries/moms-movie-minute/92.
As a special gift-with-purchase, "If I Stay" ticket-buyers on Fandango will receive two free song downloads from the film's soundtrack with their ticket purchase. For more details, see http://www.fandango.com/ifistay_171309/movieoverview.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
Guardians of the Galaxy pushed across the $230 million threshold yesterday with a 46 percent Wednesday-to-Wednesday decline for $2.6 million. The eventual summer box office champion has earned $231.7 million through 20 days of release, or 12 percent more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 8 percent more than Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Paramount reports that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles added $2.41 million on Wednesday, down 53 percent from the same day last week. That gives the reboot a 13-day domestic haul of $126.5 million--19 percent ahead of where G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra stood at the same point five years ago.
Fox's Let's Be Cops earned $1.77 million on Wednesday, down 66 percent from its opening day one week ago. The comedy has tallied $32.6 million to date and trails the pace of 2008's Pineapple Express by 36 percent.
The Giver took in $1.12 million on Wednesday, pushing its 6-day haul up to $16.3 million. The young adult adaptation is running 20 percent ahead of the pace of The Host.
Rounding out the top five, The Expendables 3 posted $1.085 million yesterday, giving it a 6-day domestic cume of $19.9 million. Unfortunately, the three-quel trails the pace of its predecessor by 46 percent at the same point in the release cycle.
By Daniel Garris
In what was an extremely close race for first place on Tuesday, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned to the top spot for the day with $3.514 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch outpaced Guardians of the Galaxy by a very slim $2,303 for the day. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was up 25 percent over Monday and down 54 percent from last Tuesday. The film continues to outpace expectations in a big way with $124.08 million through twelve days of release. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently running 20 percent ahead of the $103.78 million twelve-day gross of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy was down one spot from Monday to place in a very close second with $3.511 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel increased 22 percent over Monday and was down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a stronger than expected $229.06 million in 19 days. That currently ranks the film as the sixth highest grossing release of 2014 thus far and the film will soon surpass X-Men: Days of Future Past to move into fifth place for the year.
Fox's Let's Be Cops held steady in third with $2.51 million. The low-budget action-comedy was up 19 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's smaller daily increases among wide releases. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $30 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed a very solid $30.83 million in its first seven days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the recent $39.45 million seven-day take of Tammy.
Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 took in $1.62 million to remain in fourth place. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was up a solid 23 percent over Monday, but still continues to disappoint in the bigger picture. The Expendables 3 has grossed $18.82 million in five days, which places it a sizable 46 percent behind the $34.61 million five-day start of 2012's The Expendables 2.
The Giver rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.57 million. The young adult sci-fi adaptation from The Weinstein Company increased 20 percent over Monday's performance. With a five-day start of $15.19 million, The Giver is running towards the low end of expectations and 18 percent ahead of the $12.83 million five-day take of last year's The Host.