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 Sat, Aug. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,305,174-1%3,648--$5,292$38,839,8731Fox
2The Smurfs$8,058,98035%3,3950$2,374$69,223,5022Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$6,363,03036%3,7544$1,695$62,656,8252Universal
4Captain America: The First Avenger$5,183,68537%3,620-95$1,432$139,160,4683Paramount
5The Change-Up$4,995,7955%2,913--$1,715$9,773,3451Universal
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,834,99943%3,175-970$1,523$338,850,1244Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,711,59826%3,0200$1,560$38,527,4702Warner Bros.
8Horrible Bosses$1,868,84138%2,025-485$923$103,763,9645Warner Bros. / New Line
9Friends With Benefits$1,800,91222%2,398-528$751$47,115,9413Sony / Screen Gems
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,252,03146%1,854-750$675$343,270,5936Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$877,48532%1,724-694$509$72,985,9515Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$480,34658%926-837$519$184,369,5777Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$303,60863%716-916$424$24,123,3844Disney
3Bridesmaids$230,01540%374-110$615$166,338,24013Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$199,74134%290-29$689$162,544,41411Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$166,77730%327-85$510$65,314,7888Fox
6X-Men: First Class$149,88017%236-18$635$145,200,48110Fox
7Bad Teacher$139,44521%350-415$398$97,427,1447Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$116,13727%303-43$383$253,503,32311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$106,24465%170-26$625$12,073,97011Fox Searchlight
10Beginners$81,57488%126-21$647$5,285,80510Focus
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$72,58962%11623$626$955,0224Fox Searchlight
12Larry Crowne$69,84542%229-106$305$35,356,1206Universal
13Super 8$68,79529%174-151$395$125,268,7599Paramount
14Rio (2011)$54,56933%139-35$393$143,279,93017Fox
15Monte Carlo$51,78219%141-27$367$22,482,6506Fox
16Thor$44,22337%141-49$314$180,793,01214Paramount
17Green Lantern$42,30314%108-27$392$114,539,5038Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$229,83580%6734$3,430$1,089,2533Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,20236%490$1,718$10,715,87118Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$74,78929%3328$2,266$276,3192Lionsgate
4Another Earth$66,54544%5535$1,210$394,8323Fox Searchlight
5The Future$34,54657%1817$1,919$101,0152Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$29,87931%80$3,735$270,7122Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$23,65045%86-39$275$209,786,94015Universal
8A Better Life$18,12675%74-34$245$1,651,8557Summit
9Gun Hill Road$12,436-14%3--$4,145$26,8261Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$10,27314%88-73$117$14,950,3459Relativity Media
11Project Nim$9,10354%210$433$261,6365Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$4,97143%26-15$191$53,963,17319FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$4,2204%53$844$103,35912Image Entertainment
14Delhi Belly$2,280126%6-1$380$1,530,4796UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,528126%80$191$2,698,90313Roadside Attractions
16Singham$1,36345%9-30$151$343,4923Reliance Big Pictures
17Submarine$1,19668%10-9$120$458,32310Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$866-55%31$289$115,46310Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$201-34%20$101$233,61847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$54-36%2-1$27$11,531,90117Roadside Attractions