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 Sat, Dec. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,018,91361%3,401-62$1,476$258,761,0895Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$4,905,613113%3,639-33$1,348$58,576,9293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$4,060,83059%2,014-4$2,016$94,837,7635Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$3,969,97740%3,646-362$1,089$266,338,4454Lionsgate / Summit
5Life of Pi$3,680,72763%2,94618$1,249$58,552,3053Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,348,42510%2,837--$828$4,476,2841FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$2,343,764108%2,746-341$854$163,015,3606Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,906,41147%2,754-27$692$36,210,5543FilmDistrict
9Flight$1,422,00557%2,431-172$585$85,402,1916Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$1,169,80232%2,4240$483$11,077,8252Weinstein Company
11The Collection$594,01723%1,4030$423$5,044,3412LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$308,72138%1,2491225$247$39,770,57512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$971,15651%3710$2,618$13,407,2644Weinstein Company
2Argo$696,97367%944-99$738$102,791,9709Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$653,96350%42238$1,550$6,147,4704Focus
4Hitchcock$317,03760%181131$1,752$1,463,7293Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$216,64862%162-12$1,337$2,300,9612Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$174,64349%430-66$406$137,605,23310Fox
7Pitch Perfect$141,25540%387-16$365$63,453,55311Universal
8The Sessions$99,47962%197-29$505$4,890,3378Fox Searchlight
9Cloud Atlas$68,24843%191-3$357$26,394,1297Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$68,08862%234-100$291$42,522,9879Sony / Columbia
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$59,26037%175-14$339$16,822,55112Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$57,24839%232-48$247$66,109,17711Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$51,81758%214100$242$25,587,8658Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$48,19095%196-52$246$143,796,68011Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$34,39041%1817$190$15,494,9106Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$29,45830%141-21$209$14,884,9699CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$53,10886%171$3,124$282,5543Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$35,02550%4--$8,756$58,3961Focus
3A Late Quartet$34,025101%63-11$540$973,3066Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$29,587203%90-12$329$160,936,23322Fox
5ParaNorman$17,635105%81-23$218$55,912,67417Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$16,11316%520$310$10,117,32134Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sinister$15,46638%77-11$201$47,813,9489Lionsgate / Summit
8Fun Size$12,56186%80-36$157$9,393,0647Paramount
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,92459%76-48$157$17,499,9867Open Road
10Chasing Mavericks$11,64336%67-12$174$5,867,8377Fox
11The Dark Knight Rises$11,36660%62-18$183$448,124,78621Warner Bros.
12House at the End of the Street$11,16666%68-40$164$31,582,58412Relativity Media
13Hecho en Mexico$9,45034%2614$363$109,9682Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,552145%47-5$182$48,978,99719Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$8,50127%71-29$120$35,750,19112Warner Bros.
16Born to Be Wild 3D$7,866-15%300$262$21,468,97988Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,70223%48-22$160$53,741,4798Paramount
18Arbitrage$6,63432%25-10$265$7,873,51513Roadside Attractions
19The Master$4,41336%230$192$15,891,31913Weinstein Company
20This Must Be the Place$2,02690%5-2$405$134,8906Weinstein Company
21The Intouchables$1,52881%12-7$127$13,048,53729Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$1,40533%1--$1,405$2,4631GKIDS
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$542%2--$27$83,79410Roadside Attractions