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 Sat, Feb. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$6,668,78063%3,22257$2,070$90,364,1603Universal
2Snitch (2013)$5,621,84035%2,511--$2,239$9,784,5131Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$5,183,226120%3,35365$1,546$31,673,6382Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$4,763,34634%3,2230$1,478$45,770,9242Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$4,730,50668%3,5552$1,331$49,354,4642Fox
6Dark Skies$3,493,61413%2,313--$1,510$6,587,7921Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$2,913,47790%2,012-190$1,448$105,873,72515Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$2,269,72057%2,644-253$858$57,131,2114Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,644,43757%2,9500$557$15,654,0252Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,621,03462%2,070-535$783$24,363,5523Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$1,145,76999%1,197-330$957$91,030,48010Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$775,33983%1,425-678$544$52,460,5685Paramount
13Mama$569,43069%1,163-485$490$69,963,6256Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$956,54699%802-101$1,193$129,262,35820Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$841,790132%572-75$1,472$113,123,97914Fox
3Lincoln$762,841116%875-132$872$178,239,30716Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$550,11572%35623$1,545$8,588,6607Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$476,73681%659-358$723$158,551,3659Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$316,47093%462-214$685$146,542,1159Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$315,601114%402-104$785$186,493,35817Disney
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$265,168104%388-217$683$300,797,26911Warner Bros. / New Line
9Kai Po Che$248,24378%110--$2,257$387,7701UTV Motion Pictures
10Bless Me, Ultima$198,71443%263--$756$814,6821Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$173,647105%305-33$569$101,905,21014Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$147,17089%381-222$386$75,701,0269Fox
13The Impossible$142,78679%273-149$523$17,986,18410Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$97,41872%223-31$437$292,064,57415Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$92,00188%302-38$305$39,802,7167Open Road
16Skyfall$69,82057%184-78$379$304,135,60916Sony / Columbia
17The Guilt Trip$62,89358%18698$338$36,926,69710Paramount
18Gangster Squad$61,75150%202-8$306$45,557,9407Warner Bros.
19Parker$53,50254%212-493$252$17,330,9195FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$33,28645%100-75$333$79,451,78310Paramount
21The Last Stand$24,02958%11460$211$12,010,2556Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$17,16665%105-365$163$9,386,0344Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,19882%65-21$480$6,111,43112Focus
2This is 40$22,60552%96-71$235$67,512,87010Universal
3Broken City$22,14152%98-35$226$19,570,6846Fox
4To the Arctic 3D$21,5647%520$415$11,372,80445Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stand Up Guys$16,94468%41-78$413$3,255,6434Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,32779%300$411$22,037,27799Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,724112%44-52$221$34,327,6108Lionsgate
8Anna Karenina (2012)$8,33681%28-23$298$12,799,25915Focus
9ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,52368%9-13$725$213,2803UTV Motion Pictures
10Hitchcock$6,05545%162$378$5,960,00314Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$5,90146%21-14$281$8,797,1545Relativity Media
12The Sessions$4,69382%160$293$5,970,20419Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$2,31919%7-6$331$1,543,59817Entertainment One / RKO
14Race 2$1,610241%5-6$322$1,577,8055UTV Motion Pictures
15Camp (2013)$701-89%1--$701$7,2721Freestyle Releasing