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. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$10,927,86235%3,69143$2,961$96,411,7712Fox
2The Help$9,996,88731%2,534--$3,945$27,515,3211Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$6,275,966-14%3,155--$1,989$13,615,5271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$5,297,42340%3,42732$1,546$97,124,6973Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$4,500,705-7%2,888--$1,558$9,345,9521Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$3,177,60044%3,310-444$960$79,241,4603Universal
7Captain America: The First Avenger$2,879,09340%2,835-785$1,016$154,695,4664Paramount
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,761,87848%2,414-761$1,144$354,708,0505Warner Bros.
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,736,10328%2,635-385$1,038$53,348,5293Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$2,476,05028%2,9130$850$23,945,4002Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,715,728-37%2,040--$841$4,450,3191Fox
12Horrible Bosses$1,003,55042%1,338-687$750$109,274,3146Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$718,42323%1,294-1104$555$52,533,4244Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$574,52149%886-968$648$346,843,8217Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$407,08329%748-976$544$75,519,3246Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$256,84857%494-432$520$185,956,6068Disney
4Sarah's Key$205,31492%10134$2,033$1,850,2464Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern$159,82835%242134$660$114,909,2839Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$152,60626%294-33$519$65,980,8089Fox
7Bridesmaids$148,21037%285-89$520$167,065,87014Universal
8Kung Fu Panda 2$139,37939%252-38$553$163,321,94112Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$89,42711%149-201$600$97,867,6978Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$76,89231%183-53$420$145,636,14011Fox
11The Hangover Part II$73,19536%232-71$315$253,886,76912Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$65,20462%118-52$553$12,419,13012Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$44,02945%108-66$408$125,486,17410Paramount
14Beginners$41,35272%103-23$401$5,490,52511Focus
15Larry Crowne$39,01038%166-63$235$35,540,2457Universal
16Monte Carlo$34,32522%124-17$277$22,664,6477Fox
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,83747%104-12$297$1,165,5585Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$137,23327%91--$1,508$245,5701Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$96,38032%8956$1,083$608,1073Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$80,21425%490$1,637$11,229,26019Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$59,51545%8227$726$635,2134Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$39,85931%4032$996$416,3463Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$28,60549%99-40$289$143,456,42018Fox
7The Future$25,70047%202$1,285$213,9813Roadside Attractions
8Thor$22,80443%81-60$282$180,936,50815Paramount
9Project Nim$8,70222%18-3$483$300,4276Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$6,41325%51-23$126$1,692,0888Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,0705%55-33$74$14,996,09410Relativity Media
12Insidious$2,10849%13-13$162$53,976,20520FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$1,526-1%50$305$113,17013Image Entertainment
14Submarine$1,51774%7-3$217$465,89511Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$1,22858%52$246$118,59411Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$598-6%31$199$236,56748Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$427-7%3-5$142$2,702,23514Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$282-7%20$141$11,533,18318Roadside Attractions