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 Tue, Jan. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,508,790-60%2,647--$570$33,656,6051Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$1,202,386-57%2,9469$408$58,147,5245Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$1,001,935-50%2,5231713$397$57,701,58410Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$896,116-40%3,1030$289$34,134,3542Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$749,886-49%2,516-496$298$140,084,7344Weinstein Company
6Broken City$738,009-38%2,620--$282$10,197,4681Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$657,450-57%2,579-348$255$132,229,0754Universal
8The Last Stand$560,089-40%2,913--$192$7,773,4161Lionsgate
9Lincoln$510,728-58%2,174147$235$162,325,03511Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$508,007-65%2,323-689$219$289,121,0586Warner Bros. / New Line
11A Haunted House$452,103-65%2,1600$209$31,537,3122Open Road
12Life of Pi$318,168-63%1,256499$253$100,362,6599Fox
13Parental Guidance$278,858-80%2,337-620$119$67,936,8484Fox
14Jack Reacher$186,272-58%1,707-1000$109$77,049,5105Paramount
15This is 40$160,225-40%1,232-1088$130$65,338,9105Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$94,093-41%1,474-1185$64$33,716,9643Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$89,730-88%1,312836$68$181,647,64412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$245,278-54%88678$277$10,974,0255Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$179,259-61%756135$237$115,417,84615Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$82,952-53%507-316$164$301,113,92111Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$57,800-52%642-964$90$35,875,1305Paramount
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$52,198-82%565-562$92$32,027,8335Disney
6Hyde Park on Hudson$41,435-40%194-52$214$4,971,6567Focus
7Rise of The Guardians$35,660-87%474-431$75$99,797,8069Paramount / DreamWorks
8Flight$32,194-42%300150$107$93,178,34212Paramount
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$25,243-64%306-236$82$290,808,25510Lionsgate / Summit
10Anna Karenina (2012)$21,473-25%117-27$184$12,284,11710Focus
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$20,745-64%265-165$78$12,242,9835Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$17,706-64%24924$71$44,354,9749FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$14,835-34%134-1513$111$7,571,5434Focus
14Hitchcock$8,797-38%122-5$72$5,797,0069Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$7,348-64%156-34$47$139,681,43116Fox
16Pitch Perfect$4,375-73%125-29$35$64,917,21817Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$48,74716%3230$1,523$466,9452Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,966-60%520$211$10,899,16840Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$5,852-69%45--$130$108,0551Indomina Media
4The Sessions$4,767-44%628$77$5,807,03814Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,255-68%300$142$21,791,93494Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$3,869-67%73-27$53$17,674,99718Lionsgate / Summit
7The Master$3,311-14%14-2$237$16,051,53219Weinstein Company
8Cloud Atlas$2,931-40%58-104$51$27,101,51113Warner Bros.
9A Late Quartet$2,388-32%14-3$171$1,450,67512Entertainment One / RKO
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,617-46%58-49$28$12,940,1437FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,171-42%7--$167$20,4947GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,034-35%56-121$18$608,3615Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$109-11%1--$109$1,2931Anchor Bay Films