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 Sun, Aug. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$9,910,142-21%3,651--$2,714$35,543,1621Sony / Columbia
2Inception$5,570,626-25%3,418-127$1,630$227,637,5694Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$3,992,366-23%2,435--$1,640$15,812,3111Disney
4Salt$3,169,507-29%3,317-295$956$91,788,3453Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$3,072,839-22%3,00493$1,023$46,620,9492Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$2,798,660-23%3,413-189$820$209,287,3455Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,019,231-26%3,7050$545$26,428,2662Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$1,294,565-23%2,7257$475$23,496,6202Universal
9Toy Story 3$1,029,619-15%1,714-391$601$396,387,3428Disney
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$704,646-27%1,766-758$399$57,062,8454Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$666,745-26%1,704-630$391$293,101,8706Summit
12Grown Ups$621,138-38%1,769-500$351$155,670,6037Sony / Columbia
13Ramona and Beezus$495,353-17%1,478-1241$335$21,068,7833Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$773,668-30%994147$778$14,040,1825Focus
2The Last Airbender$216,089-25%639-599$338$128,971,0206Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$188,301-22%442-19$426$173,883,7029Sony / Columbia
4Predators$135,483-23%454-419$298$50,497,6435Fox
5Shrek Forever After$131,955-23%308-22$428$236,554,02512Paramount / DreamWorks
6Middle Men$104,408-11%252--$414$325,6411Paramount
7Winter's Bone$91,184-27%1412$647$4,479,0039Roadside Attractions
8Knight and Day$81,123-38%336-495$241$74,855,0467Fox
9Iron Man 2$55,829-31%224-62$249$311,806,18114Paramount
10The A-Team$55,197-27%241-41$229$76,524,1689Fox
11Cyrus$31,530-25%132-84$239$7,138,8978Fox Searchlight
12Twelve$31,355-28%231--$136$110,2381Hannover House
13Marmaduke$31,338-27%170-60$184$33,153,65210Fox
14Killers$30,681-26%172-47$178$46,859,80310Lionsgate
15Sex and the City 2$25,024-18%200158$125$95,239,39711Warner Bros. / New Line
16Get Him to the Greek$22,020-17%110-45$200$60,923,32510Universal
17Letters to Juliet$16,402-33%103-70$159$52,897,30313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$93,180-10%530$1,758$12,802,28521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$62,845-29%45--$1,397$224,2331Warner Bros.
3The Concert$21,201-23%1917$1,116$102,4933Weinstein Company
4Under the Sea 3D$18,477-20%130$1,421$23,487,05878Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Solitary Man$15,527-19%45-18$345$4,211,85612Anchor Bay
6The Disappearance of Alice Creed$11,601-27%10--$1,160$40,2581Anchor Bay
7Date Night$8,674-28%46-30$189$98,608,43018Fox
8Avatar$3,9984%1-1$3,998$749,766,13934Fox
9Jonah Hex$3,355-53%25-58$134$10,539,4148Warner Bros.
10Grease Sing-a-Long$2,344-38%21-12$112$305,2605Paramount
11City Island$1,572-27%7-8$225$6,655,82921Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$355-22%1-1$355$861,54713Roadside Attractions