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, Jan. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$5,002,705-39%3,185--$1,571$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$3,500,885-36%3,0780$1,137$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3Red Tails$2,750,829-43%2,57361$1,069$33,750,1182Fox
4One For the Money$2,669,428-44%2,737--$975$11,515,7901Lionsgate
5Man on a Ledge$1,960,602-45%2,998--$654$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Contraband$1,762,125-42%2,650-220$665$56,573,8603Universal
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,756,863-45%2,6300$668$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
8The Descendants$1,726,034-41%2,0011441$863$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,632,159-33%2,145-480$761$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$1,054,536-41%2,4412$432$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$866,573-48%1,654-865$524$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$862,453-40%1,244168$693$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$806,261-47%2,021-714$399$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$600,147-49%1,530-955$392$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$588,008-33%1,070-1000$550$127,041,5077Fox
16The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$565,346-45%1,202-705$470$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
17War Horse$543,966-41%1,861-664$292$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
18We Bought a Zoo$409,220-41%1,089-976$376$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$940,058-13%965315$974$58,925,85710Paramount
2The Artist$936,994-37%897235$1,045$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$441,853-27%702-638$629$74,268,2776Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$297,835-42%410-321$726$20,165,0688Focus
5Albert Nobbs$201,185-33%245--$821$746,4171Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$137,038-54%722-1485$190$52,690,1364Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$125,512-29%309-22$406$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
8Puss in Boots (2011)$100,543-38%270-22$372$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
9My Week with Marilyn$98,511-35%186-39$530$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
10Jack and Jill$85,788-41%253-30$339$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$42,475-44%191-179$222$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$35,105-33%145-46$242$30,200,9658Fox
13Tower Heist$30,455-51%174-46$175$78,009,15513Universal
14J. Edgar$29,178-37%208162$140$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
15Immortals$20,778-33%117-52$178$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$48,426-33%80-15$605$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$33,611-33%450$747$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$15,258-32%123$1,272$142,8872Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$14,170-47%87-63$163$16,193,3628Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$12,900-36%14-7$921$570,4205Focus
6Moneyball$12,489-47%81-29$154$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
7The Darkest Hour$9,823-53%87-214$113$21,171,2486Summit
8In Time$7,673-48%58-39$132$37,508,85314Fox
9New Year's Eve$7,271-50%62-203$117$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
10Vettai$4,913-32%7-14$702$175,0593UTV Communications
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,868-27%11-3$352$226,0446FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$3,586-28%23-10$156$35,037,18520FilmDistrict