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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,739,815-25%4,045--$6,858$64,865,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$3,406,316124%3,387-252$1,006$68,872,0804Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$3,211,24066%2,285271$1,405$105,802,9786Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$3,044,05667%2,924-477$1,041$270,229,9386Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$2,381,21471%2,548-398$935$67,929,5264Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,256,23652%3,042-604$742$275,431,1125Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$1,544,383124%2,249-497$687$167,740,1177Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,360,67735%2,8403$479$9,963,0482FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$1,096,79557%2,250-504$487$40,289,4634FilmDistrict
10Flight$872,84366%1,823-608$479$88,908,2587Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$423,99143%1,427-997$297$13,853,3073Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$932,09160%3710$2,512$16,385,4915Weinstein Company
2Argo$541,82378%667-277$812$104,631,05110Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$486,78261%561380$868$2,753,8154Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$423,81551%409-13$1,036$8,063,1465Focus
5The Collection$226,05339%621-782$364$6,380,7803LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$133,52964%339-91$394$138,058,80911Fox
7Pitch Perfect$107,90044%332-55$325$63,806,34312Universal
8Talaash$76,09663%113-49$673$2,660,3313Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$66,20669%151-46$438$5,166,5179Fox Searchlight
10Looper$38,67355%190-42$204$66,279,08012Sony / TriStar
11Here Comes the Boom$38,26976%150-84$255$42,658,57010Sony / Columbia
12End of Watch$37,08341%172-1077$216$40,442,12413Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$36,13639%125-50$289$16,982,72713Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$35,744106%136-60$263$143,902,75812Sony / Columbia
15Alex Cross$34,49872%175-39$197$25,720,5899Lionsgate / Summit
16Sinister$34,16163%184107$186$47,895,23810Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$25,46882%157109$162$53,791,0629Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$19,74648%100-41$197$14,977,38410CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$16,80060%105-76$160$15,596,4707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$131,11866%3632$3,642$322,0222Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$41,98757%14-3$2,999$426,2504Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$34,10956%98-93$348$26,595,8738Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$23,48278%46-17$510$1,069,7077Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,033156%84-6$274$160,997,68123Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$14,2882%520$275$10,198,95235Warner Bros. / IMAX
7ParaNorman$13,786175%61-20$226$55,955,05618Focus
8The Intouchables$8,101114%2513$324$13,063,69930Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,88329%300$263$21,503,81489Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$5,44478%41-27$133$31,604,75213Relativity Media
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,43561%45-31$121$17,526,4378Open Road
12Hecho en Mexico$5,16266%10-16$516$140,0653Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Master$3,94092%14-9$281$15,909,12714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$2,26323%10-15$226$7,888,29214Roadside Attractions
15This Must Be the Place$1,28748%3-2$429$141,3267Weinstein Company
16Let Fury Have the Hour$939-20%1--$939$2,1161CAVU Pictures