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 Thu, Jul. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$8,563,251-3%3,792--$2,258$100,158,4121Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$4,584,6252%3,50125$1,310$137,600,8452Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,893,6670%3,504119$540$32,957,5251Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,888,2073%4,001-467$472$272,641,0923Summit
5Toy Story 3$1,816,8463%3,177-195$572$370,499,0395Disney
6Grown Ups$1,368,8112%3,074-263$445$134,812,0864Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$900,051-2%2,805-398$321$119,091,7693Paramount
8Predators$773,992-3%2,6690$290$43,718,4252Fox
9Knight and Day$455,4680%1,925-312$237$70,981,7214Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$323,7013%1,532-583$211$170,612,8586Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$125,924-6%446246$282$5,619,9375Fox Searchlight
2Robin Hood$106,275309%226-42$470$104,945,30510Universal
3Iron Man 2$92,5492%36229$256$310,401,84911Paramount
4Marmaduke$61,3132%274-201$224$32,331,9607Fox
5The A-Team$58,8184%428-368$137$75,448,4306Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$50,2297%228-26$220$217,581,23117Paramount / DreamWorks
7Shrek Forever After$50,060-9%240-221$209$234,620,1509Paramount / DreamWorks
8Letters to Juliet$48,0631%27231$177$52,319,97210Summit
9Get Him to the Greek$45,795-3%287-67$160$60,327,8357Universal
10Winter's Bone$43,3032%12115$358$3,233,9866Roadside Attractions
11Date Night$22,4414%166-76$135$98,344,36915Fox
12Solitary Man$19,550-1%146-26$134$3,933,7529Anchor Bay
13Killers$18,292-2%166-103$110$46,164,9517Lionsgate
14Splice$9,5914%117-87$82$16,959,1167Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$122,508-4%3831$3,224$2,315,1912Focus
2Hubble 3D$86,4600%530$1,631$11,189,60918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$25,1287%130$1,933$23,234,48475Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$19,64823%97-59$203$95,007,4448Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$11,3438%46-19$247$10,238,2625Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$6,26010%67-63$93$163,214,88816Warner Bros.
7Avatar$4,207194%4-5$1,052$749,710,17631Fox
8Just Wright$4,2065%56-24$75$21,493,70010Fox Searchlight
9City Island$3,914-19%49-16$80$6,594,79918Anchor Bay
10The Back-up Plan$2,35627%25-36$94$37,490,00713CBS Films
11I Hate Luv Storys$2,300-41%35--$66$839,2483UTV
12Grease Sing-a-Long$1,191--3-18$397$226,9542Paramount
13The Square (2010)$44915%4-1$112$406,21615Apparition
14Princess Kaiulani$196-64%1-5$196$856,95710Roadside Attractions
15The Secret of Kells$154-53%6-4$26$687,70020GKIDS