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 Wed, Jan. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,173,361-32%3,372--$348$24,032,7461Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$805,040-18%2,641118$305$71,415,81711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$617,815-21%2,929-17$211$71,842,0796Sony / Columbia
4Mama$576,630-25%2,68235$215$50,928,6502Universal
5Parker$490,588-30%2,224--$221$8,746,0941FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$394,513-19%2,007-509$197$147,521,2885Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$364,650-18%2,210-369$165$138,696,4955Universal
8Gangster Squad$353,123-22%2,590-513$136$40,886,9043Warner Bros.
9Broken City$322,024-26%2,6222$123$16,352,1502Fox
10Lincoln$310,815-19%1,909-265$163$168,035,65212Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$276,093-27%2,023--$136$5,793,5851Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$220,342-18%1,675-648$132$294,051,4807Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$173,610-21%2,002-158$87$36,049,8773Open Road
14The Last Stand$170,872-26%2,9130$59$11,267,2172Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$121,672-21%1,736-601$70$71,278,3365Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$186,108-15%635-121$293$118,150,56316Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$185,475-24%941-315$197$104,041,23710Fox
3Quartet$151,089-10%163131$927$2,139,4993Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$143,097-22%782-104$183$13,760,4056Lionsgate / Summit
5This is 40$58,305-12%507-725$115$66,496,1056Universal
6Jack Reacher$57,824-16%888-819$65$78,364,3236Paramount
7Race 2$41,973-48%153--$274$1,055,3701UTV Motion Pictures
8Wreck-It Ralph$31,316-13%588-724$53$182,598,61913Disney
9Hyde Park on Hudson$26,686-7%144-50$185$5,391,2258Focus
10The Guilt Trip$24,953-22%352-290$71$36,319,1556Paramount
11Flight$18,425-12%263-37$70$93,509,31113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,221-4%216-90$75$291,126,79511Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$14,928-29%305-169$49$100,275,87510Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$10,354-8%205-44$51$44,570,19110FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,592-13%285-1189$30$34,021,0774Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,377-6%124-32$35$139,774,69717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$14,924-14%98-19$152$12,478,06011Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$12,14415%520$234$11,014,28341Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$9,716-10%96-169$101$12,406,4576Paramount
4The Master$8,2872%3723$224$16,153,37920Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,323-3%620$86$5,882,72915Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,25526%300$142$21,838,32295Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hitchcock$3,471-36%90-32$39$5,870,43710Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$3,30126%10-4$330$1,479,83213Entertainment One / RKO
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,405-4%56-17$43$17,721,11719Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$2,275-16%91-34$25$64,974,55818Universal
11LUV$1,235-32%21-24$59$144,3512Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,233-22%35-23$35$12,956,3748FilmDistrict