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, Apr. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$4,413,742-43%2,0150$2,190$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$3,305,552-35%3,358--$984$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$2,854,029-43%3,572-180$799$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Five-Year Engagement$2,596,900-43%2,936--$885$10,610,0601Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,283,898-51%3,17520$719$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
6Safe (2012)$2,140,655-32%2,266--$945$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$1,823,040-38%2,203--$828$7,289,6421Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,446,324-34%1,5674$923$18,920,7942Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$1,404,652-43%3,105-377$452$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$1,187,935-41%2,639-172$450$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$733,421-46%1,820-607$403$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$678,510-48%2,154-879$315$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$630,591-39%2,017-921$313$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$568,844-36%1,572-930$362$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$549,312-35%1,409-1106$390$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$247,853-41%1,259-1076$197$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$251,655-37%883-700$285$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$149,926-36%401-43$374$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$103,203-51%335-111$308$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$99,221-25%2630$377$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5Act of Valor$43,312-36%28556$152$69,681,47110Relativity Media
6Safe House$41,220-46%229-72$180$125,855,85512Universal
7This Means War$36,481-55%232-61$157$54,351,03711Fox
8A Thousand Words$33,333-37%1691$197$18,071,0018Paramount
9The Vow$25,977-52%218-79$119$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$23,846-44%127-48$188$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
11Chronicle$21,585-36%121-16$178$64,416,42213Fox
12Project X (2012)$21,208-35%155-103$137$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$14,897-39%111-24$134$132,990,69120Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$71,727-20%500$1,435$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$23,915-34%67-39$357$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
3Born to Be Wild 3D$20,608-24%342$606$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$13,578-51%79-43$172$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$9,631-37%46-80$209$551,7423Roadside Attractions
6Sound of My Voice$7,765-52%5--$1,553$36,1341Fox Searchlight
7Casa de mi Padre$7,369-15%36-22$205$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Artist$7,172-50%50-36$143$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
9The Woman in Black$7,011-45%63-27$111$54,322,27313CBS Films
10Friends With Kids$6,373-57%53-30$120$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
11We Bought a Zoo$6,120-54%52-14$118$75,586,71019Fox
12Touchback$5,872-50%28-41$210$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
13Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,630-38%27-5$209$43,430,96412Fox
14Coriolanus$4,605-34%140$329$707,28415Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$3,781-48%23-16$164$49,848,19415Fox
16Albert Nobbs$3,13717%161$196$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
17Undefeated$2,912-41%203$146$519,65411Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$2,487-57%22-37$113$12,750,8968Open Road
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,632-79%39-42$42$34,876,48610Lionsgate
20W.E.$1,396-47%10-5$140$576,02913Weinstein Company