Grosses

'Guardians' Adds $3.85M in First Place on Friday; 'As Above' Bows to $3.2M in Second Place; 'November Man' Takes $2.2M in FifthAugust 30, 2014 03:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hook$15,217,53558%2,23814$6,800$57,312,2323TriStar
2Beauty and the Beast (1991)$10,670,669119%1,94015$5,500$48,104,4256Disney
3Father of the Bride (1991)$10,507,03349%1,57918$6,654$17,538,1792Disney
4The Prince of Tides$10,035,412--1,405--$7,143$10,035,4121Columbia
5The Last Boy Scout$8,354,04049%1,8230$4,583$21,894,0963Warner Bros.
6JFK$7,445,90443%1,1640$6,397$12,669,5622Warner Bros.
7Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country$6,824,89925%2,1470$3,179$38,232,4414Paramount
8The Addams Family$6,201,49179%2,122225$2,922$67,323,7616Paramount
9Bugsy$5,738,57224%1,24425$4,613$10,490,4073TriStar
10My Girl$4,316,12659%1,620-231$2,664$30,154,5506Columbia