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, Dec. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$10,631,14829%3,4557$3,077$113,615,3553Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,628,27320%3,7030$2,060$117,650,5993Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$7,041,5478%3,724-10$1,891$83,573,2583Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,334,09129%2,9140$1,831$46,094,3952Sony / Columbia
5We Bought a Zoo$4,850,41719%3,16346$1,533$32,337,7342Fox
6War Horse$4,697,82030%2,547--$1,844$30,726,8632Disney / DreamWorks
7The Adventures of Tintin$4,405,2477%3,0870$1,427$40,444,2342Paramount
8New Year's Eve$2,254,31827%2,225-360$1,013$41,919,3684Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,656,45937%2,327--$712$10,631,1812Summit
10The Muppets$1,104,5359%1,541-211$717$80,971,7966Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$866,68014%1,411-192$614$274,336,4767Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$653,45123%1,348-438$485$25,297,5124Fox
13Arthur Christmas$309,145-14%1,343-461$230$45,446,2126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,098,78733%758-55$1,450$37,123,4337Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$845,43013%951-285$889$47,838,0226Paramount
3Young Adult$759,86524%9870$770$10,729,0034Paramount
4The Artist$405,14027%1670$2,426$4,138,7146Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$311,68929%63028$495$8,322,0616Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$309,76311%3890$796$145,041,19110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$161,5566%525-10$308$60,572,7217Warner Bros.
8Tower Heist$96,14074%253-30$380$76,577,0509Universal
9J. Edgar$79,25219%4550$174$36,406,2338Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$78,70932%2508$315$74,835,15815Sony / Columbia
11Jack and Jill$74,75417%222-163$337$71,583,4648Sony / Columbia
12Dolphin Tale$64,7596%1880$344$71,876,42515Warner Bros.
13Courageous$55,10220%181-11$304$33,938,49114Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$45,61219%2280$200$82,577,2418Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$38,04612%2450$155$34,834,5699Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$36,74012%1820$202$51,529,55612Paramount
17In Time$34,90654%123-8$284$36,991,53110Fox
18The Ides of March$30,90436%143-2$216$40,772,80513Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$21,47232%1240$173$103,961,16711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$349,83743%572$6,137$3,220,1554Focus
2The Iron Lady$77,235--4--$19,309$77,2351Weinstein Company
3Shame$71,69925%555$1,304$1,837,2825Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$48,466-7%490$989$15,106,74439Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$36,68128%6--$6,114$238,9552Warner Bros.
6Pariah (2011)$18,25685%4--$4,564$54,6631Focus
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$15,26514%16-4$954$696,9966Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$8,51953%25-1$341$34,817,04816FilmDistrict
9Margin Call$6,619-16%29-1$228$5,229,34011Roadside Attractions
10Like Crazy$4,227-10%300$141$3,362,69410Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,072-38%2-1$1,536$42,7352FilmDistrict
12Inni$24413%2--$122$117,21010Cinema Purgatorio