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, Nov. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$13,506,640--3,752--$3,600$13,506,6401Disney
2Flight$8,151,438--1,884--$4,327$8,151,4381Paramount
3The Man With the Iron Fists$3,054,180--1,868--$1,635$3,054,1801Universal
4Argo$3,003,416128%2,774-81$1,083$68,654,5534Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,817,721169%2,639-356$689$121,485,1575Fox
6Cloud Atlas$1,510,93279%2,0135$751$14,523,3612Warner Bros.
7Paranormal Activity 4$1,451,808152%3,006-406$483$46,729,0223Paramount
8Hotel Transylvania$1,125,51885%2,922-354$385$134,193,1366Sony / Columbia
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,040,02396%2,9330$355$11,635,1802Open Road
10Here Comes the Boom$1,009,743129%2,314-177$436$32,981,8234Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$968,790149%1,502-497$645$53,538,4136Universal
12Sinister$908,851114%1,882-465$483$42,451,2254Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$657,385145%3,0162$218$5,817,3282Paramount
14Alex Cross$575,32035%1,648-893$349$21,703,2753Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$360,45262%2,03028$178$3,490,4682Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$384,884106%622-114$619$12,202,2347Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$359,55143%696-493$517$62,810,5726Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$211,6853%459-544$461$12,884,2414CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$191,4558%857-881$223$32,765,2945Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$70,909158%2910$244$447,332,31616Warner Bros.
6Trouble with the Curve$60,098111%286-134$210$34,841,9437Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$49,220200%246-34$200$55,051,25212Focus
8The Master$45,09831%138-63$327$15,375,8938Weinstein Company
9End of Watch$43,4879%158-132$275$38,738,3667Open Road
10The Bourne Legacy$33,660121%153-38$220$113,093,72513Universal
11Arbitrage$32,42470%116-9$280$7,446,6928Roadside Attractions
12The Campaign$31,91896%188-34$170$86,672,22513Warner Bros.
13The Expendables 2$26,938121%173-5$156$84,779,63912Lionsgate
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$26,916138%157-35$171$160,322,00617Fox
15The Possession$24,1911149%15573$156$48,911,70910Lionsgate
16House at the End of the Street$24,168110%128-174$189$31,132,6017Relativity Media
17Resident Evil: Retribution$22,108--131-67$169$42,195,4398Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$123,899293%6949$1,796$598,8173Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$22,978--60--$383$22,9781UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$21,74267%520$418$9,476,13229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$21,430--9--$2,381$21,4301Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,029178%95-21$116$48,684,90314Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,75047%300$325$21,183,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$9,472-22%70-77$135$3,261,0514Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$7,53514%28-20$269$12,913,76624Weinstein Company
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$6,7831067%40$1,696$64,8125Roadside Attractions
10Simon and the Oaks$6,642--13-1$511$96,8724The Film Arcade
11The Bay$6,316--23--$275$6,3161Roadside Attractions
12Lawless$4,49916%35-61$129$37,357,36410Weinstein Company
13Won't Back Down$3,906127%41-24$95$5,276,0346Fox
14The Other Dream Team$2,085--5-9$417$126,2816The Film Arcade
15This Must Be the Place$1,396--2--$698$1,3961Weinstein Company
16War of the Buttons (2012)$98432%6-2$164$42,8504Weinstein Company
17Vamps$154--1--$154$1541Anchor Bay Films