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, Nov. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,450,532-34%4,061--$6,513$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$6,116,802-34%3,606--$1,696$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,447,012-32%3,1208$1,105$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$3,308,209-33%3,415-488$969$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$3,039,261-42%3,4380$884$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$1,691,650-48%2,942-428$575$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$1,519,746-42%1,94737$781$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$774,257-36%1,808-1067$428$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$447,629-40%1,367-1224$327$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$223,225-50%1,402-1374$159$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$208,208-46%1,218-997$171$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$160,266-38%702-1056$228$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$147,835-33%10939$1,356$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$134,452-25%517-388$260$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$119,436-52%409-404$292$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$111,994-50%298-398$376$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
6Margin Call$107,452-48%173-26$621$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,833-39%180-3$588$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8Dolphin Tale$83,291-30%388-317$215$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs$65,064-36%252-17$258$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
1050/50$56,250-44%185-239$304$34,244,2638Summit
11Contagion$53,200-38%301-54$177$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$53,135-28%179-303$297$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$45,892-23%152-795$302$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,269-58%170-499$219$19,548,5505Summit
15Abduction$35,610-33%18154$197$27,626,7199Lionsgate
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,102-35%131-33$192$176,454,88516Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$24,300-38%108-102$225$8,269,1055Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$377,753-23%29--$13,026$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,552-15%490$521$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,350-35%46-29$377$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,130-28%70-2$188$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$10,737-49%91-39$118$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$8,942-35%52-110$172$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$7,839-36%59-24$133$7,121,2456Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,433-28%78-7$95$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
9The Mighty Macs$5,904-29%28-33$211$1,864,9525Quaker Media
10What's Your Number?$3,029-36%25-38$121$14,008,1938Fox
11Shark Night 3D$2,713-27%27-2$100$18,872,52212Relativity Media
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,154-41%38-45$57$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,856-35%11-2$169$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,306-3%197$69$531,5959Relativity Media
15Our Idiot Brother$657-37%6-6$110$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
16Inni$536-71%4--$134$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
17Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$310-40%87$39$489,08412Indomina Media
18Circumstance$283201%2-3$142$441,40413Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$266-32%5-13$53$17,686,92912Weinstein Company