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, Mar. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$18,980,86263%4,046--$4,691$30,626,2161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$12,411,04923%3,098--$4,006$22,473,1901FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$9,744,25073%3,805-107$2,561$170,909,4393Disney
4The Call$3,921,97647%2,5070$1,564$28,799,5822Sony / TriStar
5Admission$2,710,68932%2,160--$1,255$4,764,5281Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,907,32444%3,1600$604$16,324,6762Warner Bros. / New Line
7Jack the Giant Slayer$1,326,44571%2,560-797$518$58,190,7024Warner Bros. / New Line
8Identity Thief$1,212,96060%2,166-676$560$127,152,9907Universal
9Snitch (2013)$869,12563%1,807-546$481$39,816,2545Lionsgate / Summit
10Silver Linings Playbook$758,37871%1,044-558$726$126,780,77519Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$522,93541%1,279-927$409$68,673,4326Relativity Media
1221 And Over$432,62625%1,134-1290$382$23,913,3054Relativity Media
13Escape From Planet Earth$208,75580%1,494-717$140$53,201,9206Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$327,01379%489-157$669$122,336,47818Fox
2Quartet$265,05373%425-263$624$15,754,64711Weinstein Company
3The Last Exorcism Part II$156,51158%455-1120$344$14,944,5864CBS Films
4Stoker$153,81453%275181$559$1,025,9474Fox Searchlight
5A Good Day to Die Hard$146,29669%448-669$327$66,170,2646Fox
6Dead Man Down$132,01156%612-1576$216$10,522,6793FilmDistrict
7Django Unchained$127,52370%29630$431$161,926,45513Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$127,31079%225-177$566$30,909,5447Open Road
9Emperor$123,27853%237-74$520$2,520,8593Roadside Attractions
10Warm Bodies$106,85043%299-360$357$64,962,3608Lionsgate / Summit
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$90,55769%20979$433$54,867,9749Paramount
12Dark Skies$87,34549%205-498$426$16,975,3195Weinstein / Dimension
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$81,38665%235-70$346$302,648,44515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Argo$69,61085%185-355$376$135,484,02824Warner Bros.
15Zero Dark Thirty$64,42069%215-235$300$95,578,99614Sony / Columbia
16Parental Guidance$62,24644%185-37$336$76,706,10013Fox
17InAPPropriate Comedy$58,8892%275--$214$116,6421Freestyle Releasing
18Rise of The Guardians$45,97190%162-51$284$103,141,94918Paramount / DreamWorks
19Les Miserables (2012)$43,86070%129-112$340$148,648,01013Universal
20Beautiful Creatures (2013)$43,85357%18863$233$19,277,6906Warner Bros.
21Mama$41,60060%130-74$320$71,444,84010Universal
22The Impossible$33,99651%12318$276$18,716,02214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$24,45963%64$4,077$111,7062GKIDS
2The Sapphires$18,454114%4--$4,614$27,0861Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$17,96126%520$345$11,768,95449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$13,001-1%300$433$22,262,001103Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$12,08134%500$242$45,959,32711Warner Bros.
6Parker$9,88760%55-37$180$17,579,5529FilmDistrict
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$9,20828%28-17$329$341,7474Methinx Entertainment
8Bless Me, Ultima$9,17569%21-24$437$1,505,3735Arenas Entertainment
9Kai Po Che$8,13563%18-24$452$1,101,7295UTV Motion Pictures
10Starbuck$6,99366%3--$2,331$3,466,2261eOne Films US
11Hyde Park on Hudson$5,71530%20-11$286$6,363,74116Focus
12Camp (2013)$4,115-38%172$242$84,4715Freestyle Releasing
13A Resurrection$2,7258%17--$160$5,2501Archstone Distribution
14Girl Rising$2,530--1--$2,530$430,4163Gathr Films
15Rangrezz$1,6196%11--$147$3,1441UTV Motion Pictures