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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,625,15312%3,185--$510$22,741,2841Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$1,071,83214%3,0780$348$46,991,3512Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$854,19823%2,737--$312$13,062,4261Lionsgate
4Red Tails$705,94011%2,57361$274$35,093,5722Fox
5Man on a Ledge$681,97727%2,998--$227$9,218,9831Lionsgate
6The Descendants$625,27329%2,0011441$312$59,811,94511Fox Searchlight
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$581,08933%2,6300$221$21,960,9986Warner Bros.
8Contraband$569,75016%2,650-220$215$57,633,8603Universal
9Haywire$411,02930%2,4412$168$16,007,9622Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$361,40135%1,244168$291$18,148,0815Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$326,2496%2,145-480$152$41,744,2233Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$256,84914%1,654-865$155$203,047,5837Paramount
13Joyful Noise$242,45127%2,021-714$120$27,109,6573Warner Bros.
14War Horse$200,65024%1,861-664$108$75,980,7066Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$183,89812%1,202-705$153$98,534,0326Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$176,24810%1,530-955$115$182,547,4737Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$77,89316%1,089-976$72$71,850,6996Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$67,743-3%1,070-1000$63$127,179,4427Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$348,63422%897235$389$17,379,32910Weinstein Company
2Hugo$193,0085%965315$200$59,301,87410Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$103,72721%702-638$148$74,458,0616Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$97,71725%410-321$238$20,340,9398Focus
5Albert Nobbs$79,43318%245--$324$893,2011Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$57,20715%722-1485$79$52,796,9034Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$44,76744%186-39$241$12,671,80810Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$21,4284%309-22$69$63,130,74111Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$18,66714%270-22$69$148,174,84814Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$16,97729%208162$82$37,191,49412Warner Bros.
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$15,61915%191-179$82$280,565,33411Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$11,6281%145-46$80$30,224,0758Fox
13Tower Heist$10,44020%174-46$60$78,028,30513Universal
14Immortals$6,668-2%117-52$57$83,410,05912Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,79936%80-15$285$3,321,2929Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,65511%450$326$15,871,45743Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,74240%123$562$154,4512Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,87422%87-63$68$16,204,0668Paramount
5New Year's Eve$5,08296%62-203$82$54,268,0968Warner Bros. / New Line
6Pariah (2011)$3,9925%14-7$285$578,2075Focus
7The Darkest Hour$3,74936%87-214$43$21,177,7496Summit
8In Time$2,7992%58-39$48$37,514,38314Fox
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,60275%11-3$146$228,5636FilmDistrict
10Drive (2011)$1,55320%23-10$68$35,040,03220FilmDistrict