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 Fri, Nov. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,689,211116%4,0665$4,105$195,837,6462Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$12,123,246110%3,440--$3,524$24,400,9111Disney
3Happy Feet Two$5,106,761149%3,6115$1,414$35,464,7722Warner Bros.
4Hugo$4,511,79891%1,277--$3,533$8,549,3351Paramount
5Arthur Christmas$4,504,946144%3,376--$1,334$8,737,1461Sony / Columbia
6Jack and Jill$3,808,770102%3,029-409$1,257$50,928,7403Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$3,520,39584%2,677-443$1,315$63,351,4713Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$2,966,161130%3,005-410$987$130,885,2175Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$2,869,84084%2,474-468$1,160$60,894,0054Universal
10J. Edgar$1,990,212104%1,910-37$1,042$25,852,8833Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,703,756156%433404$6,244$6,244,9882Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$628,95971%875-933$719$30,594,2944Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$610,143292%244--$2,501$922,2621Weinstein Company
4In Time$337,12388%457-910$738$34,612,9505Fox
5Like Crazy$164,351153%15041$1,096$2,217,6695Paramount Vantage
6Moneyball$121,255130%187-222$648$72,990,81610Sony / Columbia
7Footloose (2011)$115,15279%384-834$300$50,660,2327Paramount
8Paranormal Activity 3$112,722122%355-1047$318$103,083,1196Paramount
9Margin Call$105,179223%139-34$757$4,179,1866Roadside Attractions
10The Ides of March$100,558122%159-139$632$39,389,1568Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,402151%22454$399$19,768,5006Summit
12The Smurfs$86,491--248-4$349$142,171,10018Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$81,61883%211-306$387$32,632,2539Sony / TriStar
1450/50$74,610146%21025$355$34,431,7409Summit
15Dolphin Tale$71,438228%216-172$331$70,248,83910Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$63,885127%113-67$565$2,463,4986Fox Searchlight
17Contagion$60,310109%218-83$277$75,355,56112Warner Bros.
18Abduction$48,178138%163-18$296$27,756,79110Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,709149%103-28$288$176,537,94117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$75,456--4--$18,864$75,4561Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$33,698140%9347$362$34,440,60811FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,857263%490$650$14,394,48834Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$25,581101%72-107$355$4,257,3885Sony / Columbia
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$21,614--19--$1,138$40,7851Warner Bros.
6The Rum Diary$20,30192%54-98$376$12,923,0735FilmDistrict
7The Big Year$9,892178%53-6$187$7,145,5277Fox
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653335%48-22$201$38,499,72115Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,371155%11-17$488$1,882,9966Quaker Media
10Sarah's Key$3,74878%27-25$139$7,679,06119Weinstein Company
11Inni$2,2283552%4-2$557$94,6495Cinema Purgatorio
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,307151%9-10$145$534,64010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$702-26%4-7$176$7,700,50912CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$170--1--$170$407,15021Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$73--2-6$37$489,88513Indomina Media