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, Jan. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,434,173-73%3,372--$425$21,125,1291Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$714,473-72%2,641118$271$69,623,13911Weinstein Company
3Mama$710,725-76%2,68235$265$49,586,3102Universal
4Zero Dark Thirty$640,023-76%2,929-17$219$70,444,0026Sony / Columbia
5Parker$542,401-71%2,224--$244$7,550,6231FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$404,948-71%2,007-509$202$146,641,7065Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$357,309-70%2,590-513$138$40,082,4113Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$342,550-70%2,210-369$155$137,888,7555Universal
9Movie 43$331,833-68%2,023--$164$5,137,7111Relativity Media
10Broken City$308,318-71%2,6222$118$15,597,8652Fox
11Lincoln$291,477-73%1,909-265$153$167,343,00012Disney / DreamWorks
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$239,134-77%1,675-648$143$293,562,9657Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$216,256-74%2,002-158$108$35,656,2543Open Road
14The Last Stand$180,378-71%2,9130$62$10,864,8852Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$157,244-78%1,736-601$91$71,002,7415Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$185,708-76%941-315$197$103,613,21610Fox
2Argo$177,248-65%635-121$279$117,746,03316Warner Bros.
3The Impossible$136,467-74%782-104$175$13,433,8606Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$120,047-66%163131$736$1,819,9083Weinstein Company
5Jack Reacher$64,019-67%888-819$72$78,237,5016Paramount
6This is 40$48,165-68%507-725$95$66,371,8906Universal
7Race 2$47,529-81%153--$311$932,2861UTV Motion Pictures
8Wreck-It Ralph$46,468-81%588-724$79$182,531,10813Disney
9Rise of The Guardians$26,932-79%305-169$88$100,239,78910Paramount / DreamWorks
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,893-69%144-50$166$5,335,8628Focus
11The Guilt Trip$22,471-68%352-290$64$36,262,3896Paramount
12Flight$18,848-68%263-37$72$93,469,97613Paramount
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,970-71%216-90$83$291,093,65911Lionsgate / Summit
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,072-72%205-44$54$44,548,54210FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,647-73%285-1189$30$34,002,6114Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,376-75%124-32$35$139,765,66017Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,418-65%98-19$127$12,445,86311Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$11,874-36%520$228$10,991,59541Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Sessions$10,334-12%620$167$5,871,92315Fox Searchlight
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$9,739-71%96-169$101$12,385,9836Paramount
5The Master$8,802-59%3723$238$16,136,96920Weinstein Company
6Hitchcock$4,036-63%90-32$45$5,861,55310Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,211-62%300$107$21,830,70295Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Pitch Perfect$2,730-73%91-34$30$64,969,58818Universal
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,367-69%56-17$42$17,716,20519Lionsgate / Summit
10LUV$2,321-62%21-24$111$141,2992Indomina Media
11A Late Quartet$2,096-61%10-4$210$1,473,90113Entertainment One / RKO
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$983-58%35-23$28$12,953,5678FilmDistrict