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 Tue, Jan. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,428,017-61%3,4557$992$144,614,6633Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,558,120-57%3,7030$691$139,468,3393Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,076,721-52%2,9140$713$62,027,6742Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,931,414-62%3,72441$519$99,779,5283Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$1,707,277-57%3,0870$553$53,107,7272Paramount
6War Horse$1,566,288-57%2,547171$615$45,656,0742Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$1,516,891-60%3,16346$480$46,007,8902Fox
8New Year's Eve$606,315-52%2,2250$273$47,864,1384Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$587,176-46%2,3273$252$14,802,8102Summit
10The Sitter$301,037-40%1,348-138$223$27,117,3774Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$299,396-50%1,4110$212$276,424,8727Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$277,177-73%1,5415$180$83,838,2506Disney
13Arthur Christmas$115,478-54%1,343-181$86$46,188,6416Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$371,550-58%7585$490$40,687,2157Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$301,218-50%9870$305$12,970,4704Paramount
3Hugo$281,983-67%9510$297$50,595,4786Paramount
4The Artist$178,394-56%1670$1,068$5,627,1116Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$143,888-47%63028$228$9,351,1086Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$111,038-56%3890$285$145,849,36510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$63,410-60%5250$121$61,029,2767Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$35,202-55%4550$77$36,686,0338Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$34,155-50%253-30$135$76,836,3809Universal
10Dolphin Tale$24,524-53%1880$130$72,040,49315Warner Bros.
11Immortals$23,534-45%2280$103$82,722,9668Relativity Media
12A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$18,776-44%2450$77$34,947,3219Warner Bros. / New Line
13In Time$16,915-44%12311$138$37,093,33010Fox
14Footloose (2011)$12,230-86%1820$67$51,682,74212Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$7,143-51%1240$58$104,014,97111Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$118,994-63%572$2,088$4,399,1804Focus
2Shame$40,477-48%555$736$2,084,3425Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,192-41%490$432$15,204,85739Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Iron Lady$20,285-69%4--$5,071$306,0941Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,526-61%60$2,588$367,9432Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,036-54%4720$171$4,195,44413Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$6,548-61%4--$1,637$108,3031Focus
8Drive (2011)$4,452-38%25-1$178$34,844,64316FilmDistrict
9Margin Call$3,813-51%29-1$131$5,258,00011Roadside Attractions
10Like Crazy$2,401-41%300$80$3,374,50110Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,734-59%2-1$867$55,0902FilmDistrict
12Inni$1569%10$156$117,84710Cinema Purgatorio