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 Sat, Mar. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,905,88087%3,74617$4,780$110,355,7402Universal
2John Carter$12,327,41726%3,749--$3,288$22,139,3521Disney
3Project X (2012)$4,429,26411%3,0550$1,450$36,992,6012Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$3,104,63755%2,951-102$1,052$54,213,7673Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$2,722,35642%1,890--$1,440$4,635,7531Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$2,665,1010%2,124--$1,255$5,329,1951Open Road
7Safe House$2,239,79567%2,144-409$1,045$114,383,4455Universal
8The Vow$1,709,58835%2,478-348$690$116,589,7195Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,689,50638%1,949-393$867$46,049,6474Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,689,23393%2,525-535$669$89,594,0505Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,381,40469%1,516-616$911$29,739,7893Lionsgate
12The Artist$979,75571%1,505-251$651$39,708,18316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$907,89373%1,804-683$503$47,532,1674Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$750,70050%1,220-782$615$15,114,5703Universal
15Gone$400,39829%1,144-1042$350$10,541,2463Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$912,26053%369--$2,472$1,507,6091Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$412,96962%595-459$694$62,031,0546Fox
3The Descendants$331,32683%517-177$641$81,290,52017Fox Searchlight
4Hugo$298,56897%313-93$954$72,095,96516Paramount
5The Iron Lady$269,41477%447-64$603$27,785,79311Weinstein Company
6The Woman in Black$224,86444%433-379$519$52,921,5586CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$194,504136%501-930$388$17,432,1804Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$159,746116%258-473$619$42,737,7825Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,34063%229122$622$208,313,54613Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$134,76492%287-27$470$131,105,33813Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$88,477107%109-17$812$23,880,94714Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$87,35372%228-38$383$74,619,80512Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$82,16771%211-45$389$102,320,91012Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$72,70565%238-121$305$19,557,8606Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$72,36746%208-58$348$186,487,26813Warner Bros.
16The Adventures of Tintin$63,29791%153-62$414$77,340,25412Paramount
17The Grey$54,51764%151-157$361$50,924,0607Open Road
18Red Tails$51,79956%178-71$291$49,313,0178Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$51,18447%202-101$253$31,682,08712Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$38,701114%1200$323$14,462,45016Weinstein Company
21Contraband$33,91563%119-29$285$66,465,6259Universal
22Joyful Noise$25,62553%103-99$249$30,851,4929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$107,29785%18--$5,961$165,1871CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$48,38819%400$1,210$16,974,99049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$26,97295%130$2,075$237,5944Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$22,01358%195$1,159$460,8818Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$20,42870%128$1,702$90,8382Focus
6Haywire$17,67446%8250$216$18,886,5518Relativity Media
7Albert Nobbs$17,43574%45-23$387$2,780,4827Roadside Attractions
8W.E.$15,59478%245$650$373,7446Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$15,16635%64-53$237$26,110,9127Lionsgate
10Shame$10,22559%20-2$511$3,890,49215Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$8,93533%196$470$751,75111Focus
12Paan Singh Tomar$3,35165%5-5$670$31,7082UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,336124%10-16$234$168,9783UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$938299%4-21$235$1,152,9895UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$9262%10-7$93$53,205,35510Paramount