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 Thu, Jan. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,451,383-7%3,4557$710$149,700,9123Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,878,372-7%3,7030$507$143,360,0613Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,704,788-5%2,9140$585$65,535,9142Sony / Columbia
4War Horse$1,263,552-3%2,547171$496$48,225,2122Disney / DreamWorks
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,076,145-13%3,72441$289$102,088,4543Fox
6The Adventures of Tintin$1,025,947-11%3,0870$332$55,280,2752Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$985,940-10%3,16346$312$48,094,1092Fox
8New Year's Eve$422,417-11%2,2250$190$48,760,7974Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$356,553-12%2,3273$153$15,566,2892Summit
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$268,4047%1,4110$190$276,943,6387Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$201,790-19%1,348-138$150$27,568,1354Fox
12The Muppets$174,202-9%1,5415$113$84,202,9066Disney
13Arthur Christmas$67,879-17%1,343-181$51$46,337,8476Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$349,0813%7585$461$41,376,5637Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$238,500-7%9870$242$13,466,5044Paramount
3Hugo$213,802-3%9510$225$51,030,1576Paramount
4The Artist$173,774-1%1670$1,041$5,977,5016Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$142,1783%63028$226$9,631,0136Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$76,846-8%3890$198$146,009,82510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$49,094-4%5250$94$61,129,6097Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$32,497-2%4550$71$36,751,8328Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$27,830-8%253-30$110$76,894,5709Universal
10Immortals$19,8070%2280$87$82,762,5398Relativity Media
11In Time$14,586-3%12311$119$37,122,96110Fox
12Dolphin Tale$14,284-9%1880$76$72,070,47315Warner Bros.
13A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$14,256-12%2450$58$34,977,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
14Footloose (2011)$11,777-2%1820$65$51,706,50412Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$6,570-10%1240$53$104,028,80711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$130,3727%572$2,287$4,651,1494Focus
2Shame$36,5312%555$664$2,156,6105Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$19,6105%4--$4,903$344,2951Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,017-5%490$347$15,239,83339Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,731-1%60$2,622$399,5442Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,52819%4720$181$4,211,13213Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$7,97111%40$1,993$123,4391Focus
8Margin Call$6,55533%29-1$226$5,269,49811Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,80018%25-1$232$34,855,37716FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$3,48525%300$116$3,380,77210Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,562-10%2-1$781$58,3922FilmDistrict