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 Tue, Sep. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,615,09014%2,861--$914$28,711,2961Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,236,69615%2,856--$433$20,044,9451Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$905,8068%3,2096$282$45,638,7512Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$856,4057%2,809--$305$13,946,3451Universal
5Alpha and Omega$364,66013%2,625--$139$9,795,6301Lionsgate
6The American$272,48131%2,457-376$111$33,252,5863Focus
7Takers$243,24913%2,139-52$114$52,830,1114Sony / Screen Gems
8Eat Pray Love$203,94630%1,668-671$122$77,961,4036Sony / Columbia
9Machete$187,9389%1,704-974$110$24,751,9413Fox
10Inception$178,13214%1,305-278$136$285,464,11310Warner Bros.
11The Other Guys$150,66515%1,827-419$82$115,685,3457Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$144,39723%2,007-1023$72$17,032,9313Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$128,82112%1,854-1204$69$101,264,1866Lionsgate
14The Switch (2010)$86,70929%1,158-437$75$26,754,0465Miramax
15The Last Exorcism$79,6211%2,013-718$40$40,272,0374Lionsgate
16Nanny McPhee Returns$55,55517%1,588-776$35$27,721,1355Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$51,98510%944-431$55$244,838,18511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$34,3699%677-228$51$23,571,2615Warner Bros.
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,8851%384-235$80$31,136,7306Universal
4Avatar$30,04425%129-307$233$760,137,07040Fox
5Vampires Suck$24,4503%964-706$25$35,913,7355Fox
6Dinner for Schmucks$19,72211%313-223$63$72,242,0918Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Kids Are All Right$17,27618%169-49$102$20,539,78211Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17,089-1%339-848$50$300,137,50012Summit
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$15,58016%360-65$43$43,048,5878Warner Bros.
10Piranha 3D$14,40310%264-561$55$24,758,2155Weinstein Company
11Flipped$13,1138%375-67$35$1,600,3387Warner Bros.
12Ramona and Beezus$10,502387%260-15$40$25,738,2709Fox
13The Last Airbender$9,85611%174-46$57$131,583,43612Paramount
14Winter's Bone$9,4448%103-13$92$5,972,37815Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$29,70912%633$472$15,698,87227Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$24,787-5%12--$2,066$308,1601Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$9,625-8%4--$2,406$176,8311Fox Searchlight
4The Romantics$7,257134%1412$518$91,8592Four of a Kind
5The Tillman Story$7,09218%283$253$532,4535Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$6,44010%16--$403$24,231,41884Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Predators$4,72244%55-31$86$51,916,57011Fox
8We Are Family$4,352101%78--$56$604,4863UTV Communications
9Jack Goes Boating$3,250-4%4--$813$35,5381Relativity / Overture
10The Concert$3,05445%201$153$547,3439Weinstein Company
11Knight and Day$2,551-16%64-29$40$76,370,46913Fox
12Bran Nue Dae$2,0758%171$122$55,1072Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$1,735-7%19-7$91$7,422,66814Fox Searchlight
14Solitary Man$56996%7-2$81$4,354,27018Anchor Bay
15La Soga$549138%4-3$137$207,50767-57 Releasing
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$115195%3-1$38$156,6267Anchor Bay