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 Sun, Feb. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$8,653,455-42%3,141--$2,755$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$2,762,229-48%3,0090$918$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,387,111-42%2,605--$916$9,303,1451Open Road
4Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,714,824-35%3,285-90$522$43,836,0183Paramount
5Silver Linings Playbook$1,712,863-45%2,8090$610$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,111,772-42%2,562-309$434$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
7Mama$963,725-54%2,677-104$360$63,951,8104Universal
8Argo$667,703-42%1,405470$475$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$664,572-39%1,502-275$442$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$653,743-28%2,4040$272$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Parker$561,975-33%2,004-234$280$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
12Lincoln$541,764-40%1,517-239$357$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$455,974-35%1,001-299$456$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
14Les Miserables (2012)$455,835-37%1,447-401$315$143,983,7057Universal
15Parental Guidance$311,863-40%1,219-261$256$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$647,583-18%300--$2,159$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$555,150-32%92422$601$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$348,787-32%75797$461$184,414,53215Disney
4Quartet$286,473-33%24442$1,174$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$278,741-36%739-26$377$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
6Gangster Squad$244,975-38%942-683$260$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$209,012-45%913-588$229$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$190,889-33%67011$285$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$137,415-40%755-1031$182$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$110,236-47%370-55$298$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$87,817-27%275-32$319$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Movie 43$66,495-48%777-1246$86$8,661,1803Relativity Media
13Jack Reacher$54,079-51%307-143$176$79,116,9448Paramount
14Hotel Transylvania$49,243-38%191-33$258$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
15This is 40$43,090-54%278-95$155$67,255,6208Universal
16Hyde Park on Hudson$40,375-35%130-14$311$5,832,37710Focus
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$30,251-34%18564$164$34,185,7916Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$28,304-42%225-66$126$36,695,5628Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$26,408-46%160-29$165$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
20The Last Stand$26,101-39%239-450$109$11,904,8354Lionsgate
21Here Comes the Boom$25,034-47%144-31$174$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
22Flight$14,606-47%115-85$127$93,749,20315Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$13,593-47%105-48$129$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$30,171-33%25--$1,207$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$23,919-39%63-76$380$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$20,528-21%911$226$12,679,18713Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$18,643-22%520$359$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,627-23%300$488$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$11,317-4%35--$323$32,2061WAMCR
7Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,654-22%47-3$227$12,495,8658Paramount
8The Master$7,896-29%291$272$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,720-48%81-67$83$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
10Hitchcock$6,623-18%36-8$184$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$3,675-50%35-48$105$139,840,85419Fox
12The Sessions$3,553-33%18-11$197$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,154-15%120$263$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$970-48%15-26$65$64,998,36820Universal
15Brief Reunion$483-53%1--$483$5,8914Striped Entertainment
16LUV$416-34%3-5$139$156,2514Indomina Media