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, Nov. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$1,822,013-62%3,752--$486$58,572,6701Disney
2Flight$1,750,120-21%1,884--$929$30,832,7601Paramount
3Argo$742,280-13%2,774-81$268$78,173,5074Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$486,505-33%1,868--$260$9,769,7351Universal
5Cloud Atlas$419,169-19%2,0135$208$19,784,4022Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$361,842-29%2,639-356$137$126,898,4165Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$255,404-30%2,9330$87$14,808,8052Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$217,085-32%3,006-406$72$50,380,6493Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$185,573-50%2,314-177$80$36,296,1854Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$165,950-42%1,502-497$110$56,324,6086Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$165,784-64%2,922-354$57$138,353,0996Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$157,840-26%1,882-465$84$44,875,1344Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$126,821-33%1,648-893$77$23,553,0913Lionsgate / Summit
14Chasing Mavericks$95,105-30%2,03028$47$4,699,5512Fox
15Fun Size$87,618-62%3,0162$29$7,935,3482Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$103,211-15%696-493$148$63,985,3436Sony / TriStar
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$84,652-29%622-114$136$13,371,1647Lionsgate / Summit
3Seven Psychopaths$64,851-18%459-544$141$13,624,7544CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$41,235-44%857-881$48$33,510,9875Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$23,2391%2910$80$447,595,45516Warner Bros.
6The Master$19,02520%138-63$138$15,563,0058Weinstein Company
7Trouble with the Curve$16,962-27%286-134$59$35,018,2717Warner Bros.
8End of Watch$15,485-10%158-132$98$38,901,1057Open Road
9ParaNorman$11,951-48%246-34$49$55,281,97812Focus
10Arbitrage$10,879-21%116-9$94$7,570,0578Roadside Attractions
11The Campaign$9,308-18%188-34$50$86,775,20413Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$9,219-10%173-5$53$84,883,88212Lionsgate
13The Bourne Legacy$9,180-8%153-38$60$113,194,00013Universal
14The Possession$7,195-11%15573$46$49,005,61610Lionsgate
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,061-45%157-35$39$160,445,84217Fox
16House at the End of the Street$4,130-21%128-174$32$31,196,1957Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$41,3554%6949$599$1,064,4613Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,022-21%520$193$9,564,89929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$6,291-18%9--$699$99,7221Entertainment One / RKO
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,406-4%300$180$21,221,60083Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,426-35%60--$74$111,2901UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,73411%70-77$53$3,296,5764Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$2,881-8%28-20$103$12,946,48824Weinstein Company
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,374-68%95-21$25$48,749,86814Fox
9The Bay$2,157-16%23--$94$26,8441Roadside Attractions
10Lawless$1,459-1%35-61$42$37,369,96610Weinstein Company
11Won't Back Down$1,275-37%41-24$31$5,290,0566Fox
12This Must Be the Place$1,201-8%2--$601$11,6311Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$390-27%6-2$65$47,2734Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$286-19%40$72$70,7925Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$693%1--$69$6961Anchor Bay Films