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, Jul. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$8,773,1168%4,4040$1,992$304,045,9722Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,587,49940%3,869-17$669$119,331,2093Fox
3Step Up Revolution$1,886,72928%2,567--$735$15,091,5621Lionsgate / Summit
4The Watch$1,885,12619%3,168--$595$16,224,2921Fox
5The Amazing Spider-Man$1,325,35832%3,160-593$419$244,281,0304Sony / Columbia
6Ted (2012)$1,220,31020%3,129-85$390$195,855,9855Universal
7Brave$890,29032%2,551-348$349$218,894,3146Disney
8Magic Mike$527,00826%2,075-531$254$108,571,0615Warner Bros.
9Savages$318,15019%1,414-922$225$44,570,3704Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$185,35216%1,111-429$167$63,081,2885Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$246,77622%853-42$289$39,090,23710Focus
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$193,43139%808-453$239$209,903,2468Paramount / DreamWorks
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$137,40220%20879$661$4,458,9645Fox Searchlight
4Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$126,26922%606-517$208$24,366,2614Paramount
5The Hunger Games$104,04212%310120$336$406,079,03719Lionsgate
6The Intouchables$87,47536%194103$451$7,925,88110Weinstein Company
7Snow White and the Huntsman$69,22522%355-54$195$153,387,3959Universal
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$64,51137%276-12$234$44,583,22313Fox Searchlight
9Dark Shadows$44,10210%222-190$199$79,434,89712Warner Bros.
10Prometheus$37,19219%229-83$162$125,590,4008Fox
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$29,50118%197-69$150$36,833,0406Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$26,08014%14925$175$3,250,9968FilmDistrict
13Rock of Ages$24,95515%302-20$83$38,335,8177Warner Bros. / New Line
14Battleship$16,10515%140-32$115$65,203,26011Universal
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$13,23817%139-53$95$41,126,69711Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$64,87841%520$1,248$6,521,65115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,78925%330$509$20,242,94769Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$14,860-6%13--$1,143$211,3821Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$7,65821%8956$86$5,622,8019ARC Entertainment
5Mirror Mirror$4,63938%56-3$83$64,876,69418Relativity Media
6The Imposter$3,28490%21$1,642$64,3613Indomina Releasing
7Easy Money (2012)$2,358-3%53$472$88,3023Weinstein Company
8A Cat In Paris$1,77337%12-6$148$259,5009GKIDS
9The Obama Effect$145-6%2--$73$110,5513ARC Entertainment
1030 Beats$7--2--$4$14,6932Roadside Attractions