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, Oct. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sinister$7,416,439--2,527--$2,935$7,416,4391Lionsgate / Summit
2Taken 2$7,083,104182%3,70645$1,911$71,341,9562Fox
3Argo$5,891,522--3,232--$1,823$5,891,5221Warner Bros.
4Hotel Transylvania$4,190,403279%3,37523$1,242$89,083,0203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$3,596,217--3,014--$1,193$3,596,2171Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$3,010,125198%2,78717$1,080$29,758,5883Universal
7Looper$1,883,698102%2,605-388$723$47,026,1233Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$1,801,916201%3,0050$600$16,822,5842Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$1,356,781--1,480--$917$1,356,7811CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$702,046--1,012--$694$702,0461Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$525,00346%1,551-819$338$35,197,1784Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$474,04756%1,812-1191$262$31,692,1564Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$434,945107%1,866-854$233$29,120,9494Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$691,325405%726505$952$4,676,7704Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$221,65067%682-182$325$13,318,5585Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$150,026120%465-110$323$445,838,62313Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$88,455108%194-50$456$6,398,3445Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$77,637-36%480-1266$162$39,805,8675Disney
6Resident Evil: Retribution$71,830-31%349-1012$206$41,583,9565Sony / Screen Gems
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,925152%237-63$244$159,647,13514Fox
8The Possession$52,00345%369-452$141$48,623,0277Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$51,45064%245-237$210$112,473,73010Universal
10Won't Back Down$34,098-66%513-2004$66$4,994,0813Fox
11Dredd 3D$30,808-55%155-676$199$13,080,5044Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$30,794115%176-166$175$54,451,4069Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$30,149150%176-81$171$48,348,71411Fox
14Ted (2012)$28,95563%145-42$200$218,445,10016Universal
15Hope Springs (2012)$27,084--215-224$126$63,374,75610Sony / Columbia
16Premium Rush$25,851--16386$159$20,057,1998Sony / Columbia
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,700103%122-33$161$216,299,80819Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Expendables 2$18,98764%146-167$130$84,454,9779Lionsgate
19Lawless$18,6661%287-324$65$37,115,1197Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$12,988-10%101-202$129$86,351,55110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,00740%520$500$9,060,47226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Amazing Spider-Man$14,993--73-72$205$261,994,80815Sony / Columbia
3The Intouchables$12,19311%59-25$207$12,707,50421Weinstein Company
4Moonrise Kingdom$10,96861%56-36$196$45,426,61621Focus
5The Other Dream Team$10,756--125$896$53,3003The Film Arcade
6Barfi!$9,06829%34-76$267$2,751,0075UTV Communications
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,71790%30-3$291$21,010,99880Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,659-8%36-15$157$11,132,67016Fox Searchlight
9Special Forces$3,120--5--$624$3,1201Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$2,856--1--$2,856$2,8561The Film Arcade
11Safety Not Guaranteed$2,136108%18-6$119$4,003,72019FilmDistrict
12Thaandavam$1,892159%3-18$631$199,6943UTV Communications
13War of the Buttons (2012)$1,046--5--$209$1,0461Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$684-83%6-6$114$44,6122Roadside Attractions
15Toys in the Attic$252-15%2-2$126$64,3476Hannover House