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. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,563,125-24%3,203--$488$32,321,2861Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$465,198-22%2,83310$164$29,612,1052Focus
3Machete$400,639-19%2,6788$150$22,234,4222Fox
4Takers$390,892-18%2,191-15$178$48,943,0673Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$344,391-24%3,0300$114$15,055,9162Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$321,816-15%2,339-324$138$75,639,2535Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$281,895-13%3,058-340$92$99,340,8575Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$238,265-13%2,246-361$106$113,170,4796Sony / Columbia
9Inception$229,416-11%1,583-121$145$282,910,6449Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$198,651-14%2,731-143$73$38,694,8753Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$162,225-16%1,595-290$102$25,496,3284Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$82,740-23%2,364-344$35$26,554,0354Universal
13Despicable Me$68,225-18%1,375-225$50$243,752,35510Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$61,125-6%1,187791$51$299,823,33911Summit
15Vampires Suck$51,056-9%1,670-764$31$35,245,0544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$70,5146%436-376$162$759,763,60539Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$67,945-9%619-188$110$30,645,5355Universal
3Lottery Ticket$62,202-16%905-405$69$22,815,4804Warner Bros.
4Piranha 3D$54,047-24%825-964$66$24,516,5774Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$45,825-10%712-808$64$410,115,97913Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$37,204-9%536-268$69$71,943,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$32,835-10%442414$74$1,361,3266Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$27,142-9%218-21$125$20,320,59810Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$16,446-22%425-30$39$42,729,6267Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,5762%11623$126$5,849,95014Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$11,484-16%220-37$52$131,434,05511Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$7,032-6%275-30$26$25,545,4978Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,555-1%190-30$35$31,155,9307Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Never Let Me Go$25,120--4--$6,280$25,1200Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$24,8462%60-63$414$15,457,34626Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tillman Story$8,397-17%251$336$449,1674Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$4,964-7%93-49$53$76,322,28712Fox
5The Concert$4,66941%19-1$246$514,2148Weinstein Company
6Predators$4,567-15%86-25$53$51,870,50110Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$4,40717%0-16--$24,172,99083Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Romantics$2,420-13%2--$1,210$53,0281Four of a Kind
9Bran Nue Dae$2,296-26%16--$144$30,8541Freestyle Releasing
10Cyrus$2,205-15%260$85$7,406,82813Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,169-61%72$167$199,06257-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$91112%9-15$101$4,349,97817Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$413-39%4-2$103$155,4846Anchor Bay
14White Wedding (2009)$25816%2-2$129$11,5492Dada Films
15Princess Kaiulani$235-25%30$78$881,68418Roadside Attractions