'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, May. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$6,158,360-1%3,644--$1,690$98,588,3651Universal
2Water for Elephants$1,056,32135%2,8203$375$34,320,6352Fox
3Rio (2011)$770,07812%3,708-134$208$105,473,4693Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$574,7015%2,2880$251$42,010,6782Lionsgate
5African Cats$321,67752%1,2244$263$11,202,1612Disneynature
6Source Code$239,02731%1,645-718$145$49,308,6415Summit
8Scream 4$225,41729%2,221-1093$101$35,896,4753Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$211,31627%2,010-230$105$34,220,3884Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$210,06220%2,505--$84$4,493,8761Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$106,07826%1,251-1519$85$31,862,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$133,10241%838-525$159$76,317,7537Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$109,95422%695-154$158$8,965,0513Roadside Attractions
3The Lincoln Lawyer$82,22832%719-501$114$54,944,2287Lionsgate
4Jane Eyre (2011)$70,20524%294-25$239$8,866,5328Focus
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$69,1679%875--$79$887,3961Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$60,15237%302-86$199$7,715,7187Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$40,20011%402-1208$100$21,178,4504Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$26,31527%27714$95$61,729,9759Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,566-5%503-425$35$51,037,7756Fox
12The King's Speech$15,30939%185-49$83$138,563,57323Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$12,42811%209-99$59$37,418,9008Warner Bros.
14Beastly$11,8704%126-11$94$27,754,4089CBS Films
15Hall Pass$7,79522%116-86$67$45,000,22410Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,70715%109-57$52$72,955,71212Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,74720%101-61$47$63,649,04511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,42326%69-139$731$3,837,1864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$17,23610%320$539$24,490,62159Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$8,08949%93-8$87$497,4952Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$7,41819%74-170$100$36,075,7276Warner Bros.
5Kill the Irishman$4,5484%307$152$1,073,4138Anchor Bay Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,72830%69-23$54$37,821,02711Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,97111%45-44$66$1,280,7874Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Biutiful$2,56950%221$117$5,060,37818Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,52011%26-10$58$6,803,32012Fox Searchlight
10Meet Monica Velour$1,373277%21$687$25,5704Anchor Bay Films
11The Company Men$1,01022%150$67$4,414,94615Weinstein Company
12Miral$83819%10-10$84$361,7816Weinstein Company
13Sympathy For Delicious$553-23%2--$277$10,7211Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$454173%7--$65$463,2294UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$94-12%4-2$24$234,9017Roadside Attractions