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 Sun, Aug. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,251,768-28%2,77888$1,531$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$2,938,504-22%2,614--$1,124$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,571,386-30%3,346-125$768$148,674,0184Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$2,027,616-22%2,555--$794$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,908,419-37%2,760--$691$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,776,220-32%3,30510$537$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$1,427,998-30%2,861-196$499$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,019,377-16%3,0150$338$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Fright Night (2011)$863,679-30%3,1140$277$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$846,049-18%1,328-410$637$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$823,166-36%1,577-363$522$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
1230 Minutes or Less$815,976-21%2,071-817$394$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$693,755-32%1,559-654$445$93,523,9505Universal
14Final Destination 5$688,629-34%2,085-1070$330$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
15One Day$683,696-31%1,7254$396$9,789,5232Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$664,105-31%1,424-564$466$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$320,920-35%904-729$355$34,495,5754Universal
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,624-34%51834$354$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
3Sarah's Key$179,485-32%27271$660$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$176,210-32%465-290$379$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Super 8$87,540-33%242156$362$126,049,18712Paramount
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$75,306-36%239-35$315$67,029,42711Fox
7Green Lantern$68,991-32%222-20$311$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
8Kung Fu Panda 2$65,910-29%194-43$340$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$61,050-35%222-22$275$168,048,76016Universal
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$54,695-26%223-1759$245$11,686,3613Fox
11Zookeeper$53,051-54%225-145$236$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
12Friends With Benefits$50,685-44%214-199$237$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
13X-Men: First Class$30,467-38%110-36$277$146,123,66713Fox
14The Hangover Part II$17,014-41%128-65$133$254,302,05614Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$54,566-16%490$1,114$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$32,518-4%78-5$417$1,178,0565Lionsgate
3Another Earth$29,451-25%947$313$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$26,042-16%971$268$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$17,892-10%30-14$596$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$16,142-67%75-25$215$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
7Circumstance$11,843-16%7--$1,692$43,3181Roadside Attractions
8Monte Carlo$11,488-57%91-16$126$22,900,5359Fox
9The Future$10,16117%22-9$462$398,8295Roadside Attractions
10Beginners$9,580-23%50-19$192$5,707,60013Focus
11Rio (2011)$7,071-39%39-29$181$143,597,19920Fox
12Redemption Road$5,234-35%26--$201$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$4,7002%15-22$313$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
14A Better Life$3,604-18%31-34$116$1,754,31910Summit
15Project Nim$2,627-6%164$164$347,1648Roadside Attractions
16Insidious$996-67%7-2$142$53,991,13722FilmDistrict
175 Days of War$54959%1-1$549$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$4778%3-1$159$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$227-45%3-1$76$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions