Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Leads with $16.3M and is now 2014’s #1 Film; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fourth with $8.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $7.7MAugust 31, 2014 08:50 AM

by Daniel Garris

Four-Day Estimates:

Guardians of the Galaxy -- $21.19M
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- $15.5M
If I Stay -- $11.6M*
Let's Be Cops -- $10.4M*
As Above/So Below -- $10.0M
The November Man -- $9.8M
When the Game Stands Tall -- $7.3M
The Giver -- $6.9M*
The Hundred-Foot Journey -- $6.06M
The Expendables 3 -- $4.4M*
Lucy -- $3.3M
Cantinflas -- $3.28M
Into the Storm -- $3.2M*
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For -- $2.7M*
Ghostbusters -- $2.0M

* Indicates an unofficial estimate from BoxOffice.

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 $8.34 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 16 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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jul. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$23,420,629-17%4,468--$5,242$144,318,9231Summit
2The Last Airbender$14,388,363-13%3,169--$4,540$48,513,5721Paramount
3Toy Story 3$11,433,4519%4,0280$2,838$280,796,7143Disney
4Grown Ups$7,055,9053%3,5340$1,997$72,503,6902Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,962,81818%3,1046$1,277$42,632,0442Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$3,087,22715%3,109-631$993$149,298,3924Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,197,50910%2,153-1089$556$68,377,4104Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$464,0856%884-1305$525$17,143,2605Universal
2Shrek Forever After$328,50512%957-1383$343$232,009,6347Paramount / DreamWorks
3Letters to Juliet$307,561-13%340-169$905$50,782,5958Summit
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$266,6817%600-1251$444$87,968,9946Disney
5Iron Man 2$243,16313%522-647$466$308,112,7059Paramount
6Solitary Man$205,48952%176-1$1,168$2,599,7487Anchor Bay
7Killers$186,09310%727-1544$256$45,050,2195Lionsgate
8Sex and the City 2$150,1249%355-546$423$93,982,2096Warner Bros. / New Line
9Marmaduke$138,3573%475-635$291$30,729,1465Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$130,5501%303-30$431$216,075,16715Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$126,63020%378-291$335$103,817,5458Universal
12Date Night$73,4189%242-44$303$97,588,34013Fox
13Splice$69,5974%140-200$497$16,507,6785Warner Bros
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$48,56720%136-20$357$42,683,38112Sony / Screen Gems
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$42,5160%175-51$243$162,886,24914Warner Bros.
16Jonah Hex$41,687-15%350-2475$119$9,904,5793Warner Bros.
17Furry Vengeance$35,278-13%107-50$330$17,446,28410Summit
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$15,233-1%110-62$138$62,983,02210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$313,12033%7760$4,066$1,267,2403Fox Searchlight
2Winter's Bone$180,59453%8313$2,176$1,580,4184Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$90,98021%522$1,750$9,596,57416Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$43,80085%81-24$541$6,283,31116Anchor Bay
5The Bounty Hunter$26,05543%67-37$389$67,038,43016Sony / Columbia
6Just Wright$22,61226%95-16$238$21,297,0748Fox Searchlight
7The Back-up Plan$20,0006%97-50$206$37,345,59911CBS Films
8Under the Sea 3D$15,66613%130$1,205$22,668,49773Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,102-12%70-35$216$63,779,10016Fox
10Babies$12,630-3%42-22$301$7,266,9019Focus
11Avatar$12,00571%9-6$1,334$749,587,18729Fox
12Raavan$5,248109%28-87$187$698,1963Reliance Big Pictures
13The Secret of Kells$4,04532%14-1$289$652,30418GKIDS
14Princess Kaiulani$2,19154%5-3$438$834,5468Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$2,10231%5-3$420$390,98513Apparition
16The Joneses$1,00684%1-2$1,006$1,468,54212Roadside Attractions
17Racing Dreams$50573%2-1$253$47,6477Hanover House