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, Sep. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,701,201-32%3,575--$1,315$16,112,2111Warner Bros.
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,466,052-41%3,565--$1,253$19,011,1881Fox
3The Town$3,952,872-41%2,88524$1,370$48,692,0722Warner Bros.
4Easy A$2,371,268-49%2,8560$830$32,714,2152Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$2,101,137-41%2,548--$825$8,407,5131Disney
6Devil$1,560,535-47%2,8112$555$21,859,4252Universal
7Alpha and Omega$1,491,417-31%2,6250$568$15,164,9442Lionsgate
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,420,801-34%2,642-567$538$52,073,5883Sony / Screen Gems
9Takers$367,924-52%1,413-726$260$54,885,1755Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$226,482-52%1,047-780$216$116,966,9818Sony / Columbia
11The American$219,585-46%1,315-1142$167$34,607,3814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$301,069-47%907-398$332$287,053,29211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$201,676-31%855-813$236$79,040,3087Sony / Columbia
3Machete$188,721-29%682-1022$277$25,733,6774Fox
4Despicable Me$170,810-36%610-329$280$245,514,66512Universal
5The Expendables$142,020-45%852-1002$167$102,070,0477Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$115,050-37%765-813$150$28,226,2256Universal
7The Virginity Hit$80,559-32%700--$115$332,4633Sony / Columbia
8The Last Exorcism$73,501-55%707-1306$104$40,773,3015Lionsgate
9Dinner for Schmucks$69,222-38%32310$214$72,539,2009Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$61,617-43%265-39$233$161,417,72614Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$59,386-33%267-93$222$43,274,6239Warner Bros.
12Going the Distance (2010)$56,461-47%475-1532$119$17,538,7204Warner Bros. / New Line
13Vampires Suck$49,095-53%415-549$118$36,171,1166Fox
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$39,610-42%233-150$170$31,356,4257Universal
15Salt$33,855-49%186-149$182$117,223,00310Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$33,411-39%224-115$149$300,298,74013Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$33,056-35%191-69$173$25,870,97810Fox
18The Kids Are All Right$22,293-42%107-62$208$20,654,03112Focus
19Flipped$14,019-62%106-269$132$1,704,6618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$128,411-27%5745$2,253$811,2802Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$70,973-31%2622$2,730$438,5352Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$47,361-32%61-2$776$15,916,59328Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Waiting for 'Superman'$37,778-22%4--$9,445$139,0331Paramount Vantage
5Buried$26,786-27%11--$2,435$100,2681Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$23,865-31%3733$645$120,5592Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$16,424-32%79-22$208$6,049,87116Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$12,156-33%27-1$450$587,5676Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$12,144-31%182$675$24,279,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Bran Nue Dae$9,905-29%5538$180$88,8543Freestyle Releasing
11Avatar$8,243-46%29-100$284$760,237,55141Fox
12Piranha 3D$7,421-55%66-198$112$24,820,2716Weinstein Company
13The Concert$6,254-40%18-2$347$577,65610Weinstein Company
14We Are Family$5,322-50%24-54$222$631,2764UTV Communications
15Knight and Day$4,446-62%45-19$99$76,401,92314Fox
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,76460%10$2,764$19,9322Collective Eye
17Cyrus$2,576-19%14-5$184$7,437,01415Fox Searchlight
18The Romantics$1,645-40%6-8$274$103,2803Four of a Kind
19La Soga$658-23%2-2$329$210,62577-57 Releasing
20Solitary Man$380-62%6-1$63$4,357,53319Anchor Bay
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$343-42%2-1$172$158,1268Anchor Bay
22Princess Kaiulani$25949%1-1$259$883,88720Roadside Attractions