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 Fri, Jun. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prometheus$21,466,267--3,396--$6,321$21,466,2671Fox
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$20,650,819--4,258--$4,850$20,650,8191Paramount / DreamWorks
3Snow White and the Huntsman$7,478,66584%3,7774$1,980$82,957,3502Universal
4Men in Black 3$4,332,83270%3,792-456$1,143$126,338,2063Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$3,336,92469%3,129-541$1,066$564,387,6496Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$940,41960%1,2984$725$28,713,9986Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$923,83760%2,087-820$443$33,959,2094Lionsgate
8The Dictator$713,81845%1,651-998$432$53,752,3584Paramount
9Battleship$693,67030%1,954-1190$355$58,237,4754Universal
10Dark Shadows$432,5910%1,550-1452$279$72,808,2245Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$281,835-21%1,180-1253$239$16,392,0963Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$318,93941%751-348$425$399,519,26112Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$249,50245%642-115$389$2,843,6992ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$116,36498%303-54$384$63,250,47011Relativity Media
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$111,655115%290-25$385$211,802,31015Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$108,157177%402-2$269$59,230,0578Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$106,96165%287-222$373$90,086,5028Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$80,999173%245-40$331$42,948,1679Fox
821 Jump Street$77,049--258-72$299$137,459,76813Sony / Columbia
9Crooked Arrows$62,10842%278-49$223$1,401,9454Branded/Peck Films
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$39,166-48%317-268$124$28,872,0607Sony / Columbia
11Rowdy Rathore$38,35673%100-20$384$549,6752UTV Communications
12The Five-Year Engagement$36,75082%175-43$210$28,405,3507Universal
13Wrath of the Titans$30,53647%150-55$204$83,337,21311Warner Bros.
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$28,27314%126-29$224$103,481,79318Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Cabin in the Woods$18,61626%113-23$165$41,246,3089Lionsgate
16Safe (2012)$15,45015%111-64$139$17,012,6387Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$466,252389%9680$4,857$2,637,5833Focus
2The Intouchables$102,726186%7727$1,334$732,1683Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$60,677-6%511$1,190$3,069,7598Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$26,660--9--$2,962$26,6601FilmDistrict
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,671-13%330$566$19,323,62262Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Piranha 3DD$13,416-23%78-8$172$291,8802Weinstein Company
7Bully (2012)$9,8110%31-57$316$3,456,75811Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$8,932--4--$2,233$8,9321Fox Searchlight
9Girl in Progress$8,745157%577$153$2,534,3565Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$5,539102%34-27$163$15,808,6777Relativity Media
11The Artist$4,256-27%36-51$118$44,640,67829Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$2,546-38%24-24$106$380,4777Fox Searchlight
13Cartas a Elena$1,974--12--$165$1,9741Freestyle Releasing
14High School$949-91%4-196$237$134,0442Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$618-7%5-3$124$7,248,68514Roadside Attractions