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 Thu, Jan. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,830,748-1%2,9372877$623$38,344,7574Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,292,013-5%3,103--$416$23,110,0601Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,046,132-3%3,0122$347$130,118,7353Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$951,2758%2,92723$325$122,558,0203Universal
5A Haunted House$782,0311%2,160--$362$21,613,1791Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$662,3484%3,012-743$220$280,989,7415Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$603,8042%2,027126$298$155,136,07910Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$372,1923%2,707-581$137$74,177,3334Paramount
9Parental Guidance$345,0328%2,957-411$117$62,025,1543Fox
10This is 40$336,5250%2,320-611$145$62,881,0004Universal
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$270,366-8%2,6595$102$32,192,9382Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$160,5909%1,606-706$100$35,092,5844Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$133,6144%1,647-29$81$7,412,0863Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$93,84611%1,127-976$83$30,940,5154Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$653,6381%81065$807$43,959,2709Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$238,3881%757-208$315$95,837,3058Fox
3The Impossible$223,69412%808236$277$7,716,5654Lionsgate / Summit
4Argo$206,4680%621319$332$112,521,55414Warner Bros.
5Skyfall$132,3454%823-484$161$299,887,07410Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$65,4705%24624$266$4,441,5336Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,7551%542-283$92$290,380,0239Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$46,7018%905-602$52$98,936,3638Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$45,6897%430-387$106$11,950,0064Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$32,4665%476-233$68$179,507,30411Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$30,9554%144-19$215$12,069,8949Focus
12Flight$15,4925%150-100$103$92,804,45511Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,5121%1279$106$5,705,2558Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,138-1%190-23$64$139,548,47615Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$9,55412%225-27$42$44,072,9388FilmDistrict
16Cloud Atlas$9,2538%1627$57$27,063,85812Warner Bros.
17The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,0016%1002$70$17,607,93917Lionsgate / Summit
18Pitch Perfect$6,8850%154-11$45$64,827,22816Universal
19Not Fade Away$6,88217%177-388$39$598,8104Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$5,3427%111-29$48$41,003,37117Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,97731%107-32$37$12,917,7366FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,21425%520$158$10,787,20839Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$8,03412%5413$149$5,750,42513Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$6,43815%2--$3,219$72,0771Weinstein Company
4A Late Quartet$5,08321%17-6$299$1,425,93011Entertainment One / RKO
5The Master$4,484-16%164$280$16,026,93518Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,63373%300$121$21,741,98193Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Killing Them Softly$2,175-15%31-20$70$14,947,7167Weinstein Company
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,657-3%48-5$35$161,246,35327Fox
9The Intouchables$1,201-28%121$100$13,185,15334Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$39867%40$100$7,919,57418Roadside Attractions