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 Mon, Nov. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$10,090,710-65%4,070--$2,479$151,158,3441Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$4,013,928-64%3,5050$1,145$164,955,5492Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$2,456,668-59%1,7751764$1,384$24,924,9102Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$1,938,742-65%3,622-130$535$123,688,9693Disney
5Flight$843,234-64%2,612565$323$62,366,9253Paramount
6Argo$403,467-61%2,210-553$183$92,402,3136Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$227,239-55%2,063-424$110$134,878,2487Fox
8Pitch Perfect$173,910-44%1,122-269$155$61,258,1238Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$139,719-54%1,350-694$103$41,131,3906Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$118,682-63%1,248-1318$95$142,853,2018Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloud Atlas$124,001-58%920-1103$135$25,047,1334Warner Bros.
2The Sessions$97,162-59%516388$188$2,911,1005Fox Searchlight
3The Man With the Iron Fists$95,550-56%910-962$105$14,777,4303Universal
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$83,082-46%511-96$163$15,655,3659Lionsgate / Summit
5Jab Tak Hai Jaan$76,793-80%160--$480$2,018,5981Yash Raj Films
6Sinister$55,310-51%789-765$70$47,506,5876Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$42,440-51%850-1498$50$53,547,0385Paramount
8Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$29,992-48%456-1446$66$17,157,7684Open Road
9Alex Cross$29,663-58%535-555$55$25,224,5035Lionsgate / Summit
10Chasing Mavericks$26,071-50%198-261$132$5,645,1094Fox
11Looper$21,429-57%214-277$100$65,138,4738Sony / TriStar
12Seven Psychopaths$21,334-49%171-185$125$14,478,9656CBS Films
13ParaNorman$16,640-58%180-18$92$55,650,51214Focus
14A Late Quartet$15,866-65%10038$159$546,6843Entertainment One / RKO
15Fun Size$14,735-67%388-913$38$9,168,3334Paramount
16House at the End of the Street$14,182-51%17597$81$31,368,8529Relativity Media
17Trouble with the Curve$12,692-57%272-149$47$35,542,1109Warner Bros.
18The Dark Knight Rises$11,347-55%160-83$71$447,922,49518Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,633-67%132-15$65$160,700,74219Fox
20The Campaign$3,346-53%101-37$33$86,900,52815Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$49,495-65%16--$3,093$492,4981Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$33,180-68%16--$2,074$353,8701Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$17,405-17%520$335$9,832,44131Warner Bros. / IMAX
4End of Watch$7,823-54%75-50$104$39,134,3139Open Road
5Born to Be Wild 3D$7,012-5%300$234$21,324,47685Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$6,942-49%72-10$96$48,876,45916Fox
7The Master$6,402-53%52-36$123$15,795,10310Weinstein Company
8Arbitrage$6,045-63%80-7$76$7,767,75710Roadside Attractions
9The Expendables 2$4,891-56%95-39$51$85,022,29214Lionsgate
10The Intouchables$3,808-17%24-10$159$13,007,42126Weinstein Company
11The Possession$3,605-55%81-40$45$49,125,92412Lionsgate
12This Must Be the Place$3,559-58%154$237$90,7833Weinstein Company
13Lawless$791-53%19-1$42$37,389,82512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$764-26%15-28$51$3,326,6196Atlas Distribution