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 Mon, Oct. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,882,100-68%3,321--$868$55,450,2831Paramount
2The Three Musketeers (2011)$659,262-70%3,017--$219$9,333,7141Summit
3Real Steel$604,589-79%3,412-28$177$67,336,7413Disney / DreamWorks
4Footloose (2011)$584,279-75%3,5556$164$30,948,5172Paramount
5The Ides of March$356,083-67%2,042-157$174$29,468,4603Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$284,525-63%2,995-1$95$14,333,7452Universal
7Moneyball$279,284-67%2,353-487$119$63,920,0305Sony / Columbia
850/50$246,185-64%1,932-459$127$29,066,9334Summit
9Dolphin Tale$231,371-79%2,828-458$82$64,639,3065Warner Bros.
10Johnny English Reborn$209,575-80%1,552--$135$4,042,8751Universal
11Courageous$202,368-71%1,195-19$169$25,177,5544Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$131,028-66%2,1500$61$6,131,4462Fox
13The Lion King 3D$85,051-78%1,091-879$78$92,693,5886Disney
14Dream House$61,185-72%1,224-948$50$20,241,0354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$68,937-65%901-783$77$73,543,2917Warner Bros.
2The Help$68,488-62%776-491$88$166,258,75311Disney / DreamWorks
3Drive (2011)$65,435-61%367-336$178$33,254,4186FilmDistrict
4The Mighty Macs$64,625-75%975--$66$1,027,8461Quaker Media
5The Way$53,993--283--$191$1,063,8303Producers Distribution Agency
6Abduction$40,317-70%753-954$54$26,832,9375Lionsgate
7Killer Elite$40,100-62%751-680$53$24,660,7355Open Road
8What's Your Number?$26,729-62%343-939$78$13,717,9344Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$23,245-60%308146$75$83,667,73413Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,985-69%249-24$76$175,650,25012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,977-68%240-90$62$380,546,40415Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$11,670-70%184-62$63$176,435,06514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$9,100-63%103-85$88$7,566,6537CodeBlack Entertainment
14The Debt$8,474-65%119-81$71$31,061,0988Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$7,860-68%131-77$60$100,125,81613Universal
16Shark Night 3D$5,487-72%102-13$54$18,737,8008Relativity Media
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,347-84%178-133$30$38,203,12410Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$48,233-69%56--$861$610,1391Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,729-64%4--$3,932$153,3801Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$11,264-59%490$230$13,682,18329Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Our Idiot Brother$4,193-55%7938$53$24,737,1379Weinstein Company
5Sarah's Key$4,061-35%48-38$85$7,029,73114Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,597-63%25-18$144$479,6755Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$2,535-67%65-70$39$13,635,0527Lionsgate
8Labios Rojos$2,526-72%43-24$59$124,5742Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Horrible Bosses$2,168-53%50-35$43$117,530,81416Warner Bros. / New Line
10Project Nim$2,054341%129$171$203,96216Roadside Attractions
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,935-68%53-27$37$23,927,3999FilmDistrict
12Munger Road$1,352-73%16-16$85$220,4054Freestyle Releasing
13Texas Killing Fields$1,348-54%41$337$24,1142Anchor Bay Films
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,078-70%21--$51$475,8328Indomina Media
15Circumstance$823-74%10-9$82$419,7169Roadside Attractions
16The Future$565-72%14--$40$560,89313Roadside Attractions
17Apollo 18$461-49%13-5$35$17,552,5018Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$439-69%5-5$88$48,3703Weinstein Company
19I Don't Know How She Does It$419-81%29-78$14$9,595,9236Weinstein Company
20Thunder Soul$88-78%4-8$22$143,1295Roadside Attractions