'Guardians' Adds $3.85M in First Place on Friday; 'As Above' Bows to $3.2M in Second Place; 'November Man' Takes $2.2M in FifthAugust 30, 2014 03:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Disney reports that Guardians of the Galaxy officially became the year's top domestic grosser on Friday with another $3.85 million added to its haul, off just 20 percent from last Friday, as it again claimed first place. That gives the film $262.1 million overall so far, surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier's final tally of $259.8 million. Through the same point in release (29 days), Guardians is now 13 percent ahead of the pace of Winter Soldier and just 1.6 percent behind that of 2008's original Iron Man. BoxOffice projects a $16.3 million 3-day weekend and a $21.8 million 4-day holiday frame.

Universal opened As Above So Below to a healthy $3.2 million yesterday after Thursday night's $470,000 preview grosses. The horror/thriller pic bowed 48 percent lower than 2012's The Possession (which also opened Labor Day weekend) and 36 percent under Oculus, however, As Above's modest $5 million production budget gives it a pass on that front. BoxOffice projects a $9.3 million 3-day and $11.2 million 4-day.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grabbed $2.66 million yesterday, down 41 percent from the same day last week. The reboot has amassed $153.3 million through 22 days of release, 21 percent more than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra through the same point. BoxOffice projects an $11.3 million 3-day weekend and $14.7 million 4-day.

Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay added $2.6 million yesterday, off 62 percent from opening day last week. The young adult drama has earned $23.2 million thus far, 42 percent more than The Host at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $9.4 million 3-day frame and $11.9 million 4-day.

Rounding out Friday's top five, Relativity Media's The November Man posted $2.2 million in its third day of release for a $3.89 million total so far. The film is pacing 14 percent behind 2011's The Debt, which also opened on Wednesday before Labor Day. BoxOffice projects The November Man will take in $8 million for the 3-day and $10.2 million for the 4-day.

On the limited release front, Sony's 30th anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters took in $490,000 from 784 locations on Friday. That's a per-theater average of $625. The performance is noticeably lower than that of 2012's Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX re-release ($1,648 opening day PTA) and 2012's Top Gun 3D ($1,757), although it should be noted that Ghostbusters doesn't have the advantage of premium priced tickets that those flicks carried. BoxOffice projects a $1.3 million 3-day and $1.7 million 4-day weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday morning for official 3- and 4-day weekend estimates from the studios.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$781,159-35%2,816--$277$23,061,3961Lionsgate
2Lawless$685,269-36%2,888323$237$16,777,9251Weinstein Company
32016: Obama's America$647,342-14%1,747--$371$22,120,3818Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$517,571-34%3,334-21$155$70,119,6253Lionsgate
5Hope Springs (2012)$380,465-18%2,44139$156$54,344,3434Sony / Columbia
6The Bourne Legacy$375,720-33%3,131-359$120$99,252,4654Universal
7The Dark Knight Rises$362,170-28%2,187-419$166$434,176,9247Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$335,249-28%2,941-361$114$75,587,2564Warner Bros.
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$262,133-38%2,63537$99$39,125,8523Disney
11Premium Rush$258,410-36%2,2550$115$14,169,8402Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$202,320-28%2,8700$70$11,214,1682Open Road
13Sparkle (2012)$102,115-27%1,257-763$81$22,493,1313Sony / TriStar
14Marvel's The Avengers$87,197-28%1,705--$51$620,532,80718Disney
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$50,622-47%1,036-175$49$156,298,6338Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$48,332-25%2,1600$22$948,0561Kenn Viselman Presents
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,901-50%1,204-343$37$45,903,1315Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Total Recall (2012)$59,302-27%756-570$78$57,097,3715Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$56,085-17%561-118$100$216,247,62010Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man$55,964-30%501133$112$259,946,7339Sony / Columbia
4The Apparition$46,494-28%8100$57$4,519,2632Warner Bros.
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$40,209-8%26735$151$9,872,19810Fox Searchlight
6The Intouchables$38,882-9%175-19$222$11,220,01915Weinstein Company
7Moonrise Kingdom$27,196-16%197-135$138$44,379,53615Focus
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,742-43%505131$47$214,837,61013Paramount / DreamWorks
9Magic Mike$18,331-6%268-87$68$113,464,95410Warner Bros.
10The Watch$13,956-11%195-55$72$33,834,9076Fox
11Step Up Revolution$13,746-50%236-192$58$34,278,5306Lionsgate / Summit
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$13,5604%105-1$129$45,984,08818Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,451-19%17973$58$65,327,88010Lionsgate
14Snow White and the Huntsman$7,865-8%143-51$55$155,128,26014Universal
15The Hunger Games$3,428-19%145-44$24$408,006,92224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$15,082-15%23--$656$219,5721Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$9,458-43%520$182$8,304,89720Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$8,84710%652$136$640,7103Entertainment One Films
4Ruby Sparks$6,873-14%78-41$88$2,310,8376Fox Searchlight
5Joker$5,433-41%74--$73$142,0671UTV Communications
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,71913%330$113$20,788,93274Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$2,971-11%48-6$62$3,838,37613FilmDistrict
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,2351%49-26$46$37,477,80811Fox
11Mugamoodi$1,761-64%21--$84$75,3361UTV Communications
12The Day$993-28%120$83$18,0271Anchor Bay Films
13A Cat In Paris$6144%3-3$205$314,48814GKIDS
14Easy Money (2012)$145-69%2-3$73$188,0578Weinstein Company