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 Wed, Sep. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,674,363--2,721--$615$1,674,3630Focus
2Takers$1,247,008-29%2,206--$565$25,261,0061Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$941,797-25%2,874--$328$23,919,6551Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$865,586-18%3,023-59$286$63,258,8283Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$794,627-25%3,398128$234$84,803,4933Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$551,237-24%3,004-468$184$100,934,8824Sony / Columbia
7Inception$473,331-19%1,923-478$246$272,091,8447Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$447,179-28%2,0175$222$17,931,2332Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$433,225-26%2,79814$155$18,446,3102Universal
10Piranha 3D$406,485-27%2,49121$163$19,694,9362Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$311,924-31%3,2330$96$28,995,3902Fox
12Despicable Me$262,105-28%1,691-545$155$237,197,3008Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,455-23%1,269-1551$195$27,040,8003Universal
14Lottery Ticket$244,156-25%1,818-155$134$18,135,0842Warner Bros.
15Dinner for Schmucks$151,330-25%1,501-648$101$69,743,0715Paramount / DreamWorks
16Salt$150,835-29%1,012-782$149$113,806,5596Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$349,947-16%812--$431$754,962,42137Fox
2Step Up 3D$124,493-34%757-835$164$40,160,7514Disney
3Toy Story 3$109,230-27%600-130$182$406,040,34211Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$63,279-31%719-861$88$41,503,7585Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$56,649-26%342-62$166$19,339,0988Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$53,347-11%476-81$112$298,200,5979Summit
7Hubble 3D$38,525-8%1510$255$14,682,25924Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$33,290-20%30683$109$130,704,7959Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,923-16%354-34$79$24,911,5576Fox
10Knight and Day$17,333-34%229-48$76$76,049,32710Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,129-20%207-25$78$238,107,36315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$13,445-27%270-377$50$30,798,2855Universal
13Predators$13,438-11%187-47$72$51,661,6538Fox
14Winter's Bone$12,276-27%119-12$103$5,477,45312Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,2464%160$640$24,016,19681Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$7,37833%200$369$387,8736Weinstein Company
3Flipped$5,799-36%26-3$223$693,9944Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$5,720-16%92-59$62$77,114,30912Fox
5Marmaduke$4,020-9%66-56$61$33,579,13013Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,943-12%51$789$120,5732Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$3,652-12%45-25$81$715,5533UTV Communications
8Solitary Man$2,674-22%190$141$4,324,90415Anchor Bay
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,651-18%21-6$126$456,6136NeoClassics
10Cyrus$2,430-29%32-24$76$7,361,59011Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,688-13%12-8$141$149,35437-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,241-47%7-1$177$134,3674Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$32055%10$320$872,70116Roadside Attractions
14The People I've Slept With$237-13%1--$237$11,7523People Pictures
15Tales From Earthsea$146-22%1-4$146$48,4613Disney
16City Island$60-29%1-3$60$6,670,91224Anchor Bay