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 Fri, Aug. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$4,932,86181%3,2700$1,509$53,321,9462Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$4,450,18290%3,233--$1,376$10,814,0841Fox
3Lottery Ticket$3,860,890--1,973--$1,957$3,860,8901Warner Bros.
4Eat Pray Love$3,745,78140%3,0820$1,215$38,848,6972Sony / Columbia
5Piranha 3D$3,600,707--2,470--$1,458$3,600,7071Weinstein Company
6The Other Guys$3,027,10277%3,472-179$872$81,117,2473Sony / Columbia
7The Switch (2010)$2,701,800--2,012--$1,343$2,701,8001Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$2,672,640--2,784--$960$2,672,6401Universal
9Inception$2,176,57470%2,401-719$907$256,369,9896Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,649,40558%2,8202$585$17,345,6902Universal
11Despicable Me$1,218,62038%2,236-687$545$227,613,5457Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$1,088,51145%2,149-897$507$63,368,6254Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$961,11325%1,592-847$604$34,679,6633Disney
14Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$415,991-25%1,580-1148$263$38,375,4684Warner Bros.
15Salt$100,677-85%1,794-1040$56$107,485,7705Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$368,72511%730-489$505$402,649,24310Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$206,93324%404-426$512$17,628,4457Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$175,179-8%557-655$315$296,825,1138Summit
4Charlie St. Cloud$161,750-23%647-1436$250$30,032,3454Universal
5Grown Ups$132,92537%424-544$314$158,657,1219Sony / Columbia
6Ramona and Beezus$111,81111%388-244$288$23,997,5815Fox
7The Karate Kid (2010)$104,686--314-58$333$175,241,00711Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$86,409172%277-33$312$75,505,5669Fox
9Hubble 3D$84,81020%15197$562$13,765,98223Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Shrek Forever After$74,08748%232-22$319$237,533,33314Paramount / DreamWorks
11Predators$71,564131%234-109$306$51,268,8077Fox
12Winter's Bone$53,82489%130-6$414$5,022,54911Roadside Attractions
13The Last Airbender$51,60416%223-141$231$129,948,6518Paramount
14The A-Team$32,87369%151-53$218$76,905,26811Fox
15Marmaduke$20,07312%122-29$165$33,432,46212Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$43,825144%706$626$481,5382UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$19,719-17%160$1,232$23,790,51280Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$14,9860%29-15$517$535,8543Warner Bros.
4Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$14,580--27--$540$348,7345NeoClassics
5The Tillman Story$13,832--4--$3,458$13,8321Weinstein Company
6The Concert$10,5306%201$527$245,8025Weinstein Company
7La Soga$10,013100%209$501$84,65127-57 Releasing
8Cyrus$9,50727%56-28$170$7,293,82710Fox Searchlight
9Letters to Juliet$5,760-7%35-26$165$53,010,11215Summit
10Solitary Man$4,99840%19-9$263$4,275,61314Anchor Bay
11Middle Men$4,331-66%16-236$271$712,9773Paramount
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,00511%8-4$501$98,8743Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$3,11622%50$623$34,2052Disney
14City Island$4106%4-4$103$6,667,77623Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$410-26%1-2$410$869,08515Roadside Attractions