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 Wed, May. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,705,903-22%4,155--$1,133$109,053,6771Disney
2Bridesmaids$2,085,270-11%2,93719$710$66,478,2202Universal
3Thor$1,085,331-16%3,924-39$277$149,410,5253Paramount
4Fast Five$723,425-15%3,622-171$200$188,789,1804Universal
5Priest (2011)$412,916-18%2,8640$144$25,325,3142Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$331,486-21%2,606-298$127$32,690,0583Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$321,987-6%2,593-336$124$132,886,0046Fox
8Water for Elephants$232,348-7%1,894-531$123$53,201,7035Fox
9Jumping the Broom$221,373-20%1,472-563$150$32,121,9693Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$80,4894%984-484$82$40,854,5157Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$62,606-14%912-537$69$51,929,5255Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$49,018-18%24527$200$1,793,8132Roadside Attractions
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$37,7137%642-634$59$9,364,5374Weinstein Company
5Source Code$35,380-12%377-249$94$53,090,2648Summit
6Insidious$35,297-13%501-261$70$52,556,1428FilmDistrict
7Rango$34,052-4%30286$113$121,319,48312Paramount
8Limitless$33,817-18%35759$95$78,206,44310Relativity Media
9Hanna$32,665-10%279-146$117$39,280,4907Focus
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,3170%208-40$151$10,467,78011Focus
11Win Win$24,852-3%202-46$123$9,429,47710Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,6522%269-101$92$10,984,2596Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$20,872-10%258-87$81$56,581,79710Lionsgate
14The Beaver$20,625-3%16863$123$644,2593Summit
15HOP$17,7801%354-105$50$107,262,5208Universal
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,09620%253-58$56$51,930,3529Fox
17Arthur (2011)$11,973-17%237-107$51$32,842,7977Warner Bros.
18The Adjustment Bureau$11,0050%116-48$95$62,486,33512Universal
19Scream 4$9,175-17%205-221$45$37,750,7056Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$70,82011%50-7$1,416$5,560,7187Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,7233%340$698$25,106,95162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$2,745-12%45-94$61$36,390,4119Warner Bros.
4Red Riding Hood$2,48419%50-50$50$37,659,45711Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$2,2432%40-31$56$138,759,51626Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$1,637-11%6--$273$36,1811Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,48721%64-154$23$176,5072Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,080-1%12-1$90$1,157,15311Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$597-5%119$54$16,9882Freestyle Releasing
10Biutiful$527-37%0-11--$5,097,15921Roadside Attractions
11Meet Monica Velour$33368%21$167$32,7397Anchor Bay Films
12Dum Maaro Dum$227-43%11-9$21$560,5425Fox Searchlight
13The Music Never Stopped$1043%5--$2$242,93510Roadside Attractions