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, Apr. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$14,715,88511%3,783--$3,890$28,013,1301Universal
242 (2013)$8,001,51353%3,250247$2,462$49,251,1872Warner Bros.
3The Croods$4,412,16098%3,435-254$1,284$152,042,1535Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,818,70636%3,4020$829$21,532,1702Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,637,07271%3,175-360$831$109,619,5494Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$2,183,48354%1,5421028$1,416$10,326,1544Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$2,055,90165%2,638-297$779$87,600,2305FilmDistrict
8Jurassic Park 3D$1,852,35073%2,330-448$795$37,395,3253Universal
9Evil Dead$1,741,17528%2,823-202$617$47,447,2613Sony / TriStar
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,435,61288%2,045-459$702$222,922,3547Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,018,39155%1,405-400$725$48,341,1984Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$460,01149%1,356-816$339$24,946,8754Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$406,155-40%188--$2,160$1,082,8431Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$400,44757%977-653$410$49,878,1466Sony / TriStar
3Silver Linings Playbook$270,79083%867416$312$130,902,36223Weinstein Company
4Identity Thief$240,00072%480-84$500$132,570,39511Universal
5The Lords of Salem$204,613-28%355--$576$489,8551Anchor Bay Films
6Trance$182,74160%4435$413$1,719,6523Fox Searchlight
7Admission$168,09968%485-424$347$17,379,1225Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$138,86378%645592$215$31,719,70611Open Road
9The Sapphires$124,75894%11421$1,094$1,071,8685Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$99,18678%255-76$389$63,206,0518Warner Bros. / New Line
11Safe Haven$97,22452%32548$299$70,828,58210Relativity Media
12Life of Pi$75,71879%193-24$392$124,481,07022Fox
13Quartet$72,60788%176-48$413$17,800,02715Weinstein Company
14Warm Bodies$68,55262%240-39$286$66,078,76712Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$67,755100%240-36$282$54,806,56610Weinstein Company
16The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,34747%265-9$254$22,295,6446Warner Bros. / New Line
17A Good Day to Die Hard$43,06767%170-40$253$67,127,09710Fox
18Spring Breakers$41,49126%122-304$340$13,802,9546A24
19Girl Rising$37,14029%170--$218$816,6627Gathr Films
20Snitch (2013)$37,04752%161-54$230$42,092,7789Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$27,35286%112-42$244$55,662,53913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$33,17677%48-1$691$700,1296GKIDS
2Dark Skies$30,78649%9166$338$17,276,4999Weinstein / Dimension
3Parental Guidance$27,55383%900$306$77,171,88417Fox
4Django Unchained$18,93882%77-49$246$162,750,99917Weinstein Company
521 And Over$16,42032%50-57$328$25,495,1578Relativity Media
6Camp (2013)$15,692-31%32--$490$219,1959Freestyle Releasing
7To the Arctic 3D$15,118-28%520$291$12,188,09653Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Starbuck$12,25564%29-3$423$3,690,5805eOne Films US
9Emperor$11,75682%64-32$184$3,266,4227Roadside Attractions
10Argo$7,68346%43-129$179$136,015,53328Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,68325%51-4$151$302,996,25319Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,91912%20-21$346$132,1632Freestyle Releasing
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,437-16%300$215$22,490,966107Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$4,74660%1--$4,746$7,7101Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$4,44451%28-2$159$1,688,1348Fox Searchlight
16Settai$2,10593%2-13$1,053$83,4863UTV Motion Pictures
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,265102%2-11$633$123,3703CodeBlack Films
18Kai Po Che$514179%21$257$1,121,5949UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$396-72%1--$396$1,8341Anchor Bay Films
20Himmatwala$52--1-2$52$270,7994UTV Motion Pictures