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, Oct. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,338,61514%2,771--$844$26,840,9041Sony / Columbia
2The Town$964,14418%2,93550$328$65,835,9823Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$963,59925%3,59732$268$37,515,9702Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$615,2727%3,5750$172$31,268,6802Warner Bros.
5Easy A$483,79919%2,974118$163$43,067,3203Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$477,15133%2,5480$187$17,442,6112Disney
7Case 39$457,1294%2,211--$207$6,247,5681Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$449,5497%2,021--$222$6,015,6661Relativity / Overture
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$265,8165%1,907-735$139$57,134,2694Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$250,9850%2,392-419$105$27,793,6053Universal
11Alpha and Omega$143,0223%2,303-322$62$19,231,3153Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$74,0098%625-282$118$288,547,70112Warner Bros.
2Takers$58,0651%773-640$75$56,277,1376Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$56,118-3%13679$413$1,735,2823Universal / Rogue
4Eat Pray Love$44,32839%398-457$111$79,786,2818Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$33,3487%566-481$59$117,761,7799Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$30,1100%463-147$65$246,151,97513Universal
7The American$25,46328%374-941$68$35,247,8485Focus
8The Expendables$25,18317%410-442$61$102,563,4438Lionsgate
9Machete$23,37521%314-368$74$26,247,8265Fox
10Dinner for Schmucks$18,01812%261-62$69$72,844,28610Paramount / DreamWorks
11Lottery Ticket$16,243-2%302-68$54$24,278,2577Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$14,225-1%481-284$30$28,549,6157Universal
13The Last Exorcism$11,63012%307-400$38$41,012,0696Lionsgate
14Vampires Suck$11,27516%261-154$43$36,386,3757Fox
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$8,96433%188-79$48$43,448,65310Warner Bros.
16Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,8109%120-113$65$31,509,2758Universal
17The Virginity Hit$7,4322%434-266$17$549,9334Sony / Columbia
18The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,9961%141-83$43$300,424,14114Summit
19Ramona and Beezus$4,5590%161-30$28$25,981,44811Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$4,14213%121-354$34$17,674,2225Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$45,41740%3430$1,336$679,4592Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$30,75519%58--$530$16,216,94529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$21,95220%4317$511$764,1733Fox Searchlight
4Buried$13,3119%3322$403$262,0122Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$12,47628%7942$158$293,4553Relativity / Overture
6Piranha 3D$5,608-1%9529$59$24,911,0457Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$5,34810%78-4$69$6,132,52217Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$4,814-21%64-43$75$20,742,71713Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$4,638-40%180$258$24,347,59286Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$4,29115%270$159$641,3987Weinstein Company
11Avatar$4,18052%19-10$220$760,284,60242Fox
12The Concert$2,34213%213$112$616,78311Weinstein Company
13Flipped$1,5835%35-71$45$1,742,2339Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$99846%13-42$77$111,7094Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$41637%31$139$162,2519Anchor Bay