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 Mon, Dec. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$8,415,680-26%3,536--$2,380$53,499,4801Universal
2True Grit (2010)$7,145,360-26%3,047--$2,345$43,186,4221Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$6,333,441-16%3,4510$1,835$93,707,1442Disney
4Yogi Bear$3,634,65011%3,5150$1,034$39,546,8312Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,485,140-4%3,350-205$1,040$66,082,1703Fox
6Tangled$3,238,43323%2,582-619$1,254$146,933,7565Disney
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,690,583-7%2,546--$1,057$8,998,2741Fox
8Black Swan$2,451,056-8%1,466507$1,672$31,140,1164Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,433,385-17%2,5118$969$29,093,0993Paramount
10The Tourist$1,806,980-17%2,7560$656$42,657,3203Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,437,6713%1,732-1128$830$274,432,3066Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,362,536-8%2,4830$549$16,364,1232Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,706,653-17%700657$2,438$10,036,3885Weinstein Company
2Megamind$181,56532%764-261$238$142,867,9238Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$132,970-4%330-1180$403$36,871,4785Sony / Screen Gems
4Due Date$128,637-21%404-753$318$98,449,2068Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$99,963-7%24921$401$92,438,79013Sony / Columbia
6Unstoppable (2010)$96,616-20%393-1481$246$78,608,4757Fox
7Red (2010)$76,081-16%330-109$231$88,967,63411Summit
8127 Hours$72,587-9%115-192$631$9,934,7458Fox Searchlight
9Life As We Know It$52,085-10%248173$210$52,509,65812Warner Bros.
10Tees Maar Khan$48,440-52%108--$449$789,6021UTV Communications
11Despicable Me$47,2859%193-40$245$250,838,93525Universal
12Love and Other Drugs$45,461-2%144-949$316$30,908,5935Fox
13Fair Game (2010)$31,277-20%161-107$194$8,927,1448Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,1369%158-52$146$55,368,72714Warner Bros.
15Jackass 3D$20,312-22%13787$148$116,982,38511Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$16,102-24%145-29$111$84,553,94510Paramount
17Faster (2010)$15,906-41%123-537$129$22,742,6135CBS Films
18Morning Glory (2010)$11,995-10%126-137$95$30,675,0667Paramount
19The Next Three Days$9,185-15%111-250$83$21,061,4786Lionsgate
20Hereafter$7,430-27%128-104$58$32,649,24911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$96,18050%47-9$2,046$19,717,56341Warner Bros. / IMAX
2I Love You Phillip Morris$40,427-36%6919$586$802,7354Roadside Attractions
3Rabbit Hole$28,514-21%3429$839$195,2842Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$27,683-18%7--$3,955$200,6801Focus
5Under the Sea 3D$20,913100%121$1,743$25,160,66098Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Tempest$8,156-3%14-7$583$197,1223Disney
7Country Strong$8,126-32%2--$4,063$51,9911Sony / Screen Gems
8The Town$6,174-15%62-82$100$92,129,86915Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$3,490-4%39-40$89$37,654,3848Lionsgate
10Inception$3,437-2%28-34$123$292,541,08624Warner Bros.
11The Warrior's Way$1,646-5%34-183$48$5,551,3784Relativity Media
12Winter's Bone$333-21%51$67$6,241,94529Roadside Attractions