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 Wed, Jul. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$23,335,925-33%4,318--$5,404$59,202,8090Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$8,016,525-5%3,239--$2,475$79,614,6251Universal
3Brave$6,420,78611%3,966-198$1,619$149,357,7442Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,123,34818%2,161--$1,445$33,526,2181Lionsgate
5Magic Mike$3,010,260-45%2,955--$1,019$52,628,0231Warner Bros.
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$2,363,2489%3,715-205$636$186,551,0824Paramount / DreamWorks
7People Like Us$996,00848%2,055--$485$6,449,6781Disney / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$829,4985%2,757-351$301$31,509,4052Fox
9Marvel's The Avengers$718,27632%1,352-878$531$608,482,5529Disney
10Snow White and the Huntsman$656,40019%1,641-1278$400$147,545,1405Universal
11Prometheus$640,71218%1,384-1478$463$120,145,9804Fox
12Men in Black 3$431,476-6%1,117-1345$386$171,063,4356Sony / Columbia
13Rock of Ages$355,80418%1,250-2220$285$36,078,7953Warner Bros. / New Line
14That's My Boy$190,083-38%1,030-2000$185$35,283,7353Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,368,08257%854459$1,602$21,414,7186Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$298,40777%419-322$712$41,085,9849Fox Searchlight
3Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$135,07249%621-1004$218$6,997,5212Focus
4Safety Not Guaranteed$87,15573%112-17$778$1,873,4134FilmDistrict
5The Hunger Games$81,41117%278-136$293$403,995,07715Lionsgate
6Dark Shadows$73,5273%36563$201$76,488,0628Warner Bros.
7Battleship$51,09015%308-175$166$64,009,2357Universal
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$37,370-3%202-32$185$213,324,38018Universal
9Mirror Mirror$25,4350%166-56$153$64,566,18414Relativity Media
10What to Expect When You're Expecting$16,728-16%203-208$82$40,195,4427Lionsgate
11The Dictator$15,320-22%130-186$118$59,151,2987Paramount
12The Three Stooges$14,91624%117-37$127$43,847,77012Fox
13The Cabin in the Woods$13,188-9%149-47$89$41,984,68712Lionsgate
14The Lucky One (2012)$12,1813%115-87$106$60,338,31211Warner Bros.
15Chernobyl Diaries$8,571-20%145-95$59$18,056,6566Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$97,47883%68-6$1,434$2,774,8326Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$72,2817%520$1,390$4,746,78811Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$59,93297%73$8,562$334,4461Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$20,031127%47-113$426$5,357,7455ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,47821%330$499$19,759,59965Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$5,0697%78-55$65$15,997,78710Relativity Media
7Lola Versus$3,34641%30-20$112$248,5474Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$1,83153%13-12$141$1,810,5087Branded/Peck Films
9Rowdy Rathore$284-24%2--$142$777,1555UTV Communications