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, Apr. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,288,715-28%3,783--$605$45,206,8501Universal
242 (2013)$1,091,046-22%3,250247$336$57,310,1882Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$450,302-24%1,5421028$292$13,126,0004Focus
4The Croods$431,479-19%3,435-254$126$155,996,4715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$383,850-15%2,638-297$146$89,966,3545FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$373,380-21%3,175-360$118$112,414,5044Paramount
7Evil Dead$334,420-19%2,823-202$118$49,554,5603Sony / TriStar
8Jurassic Park 3D$291,250-14%2,330-448$125$39,422,4253Universal
9Scary Movie 5$282,754-28%3,4020$83$23,760,0952Weinstein / Dimension
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$176,835-13%2,045-459$86$224,275,8917Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$149,006-21%1,405-400$106$49,390,3774Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$75,022-14%1,356-816$55$25,412,8524Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$75,974-16%977-653$78$50,336,8046Sony / TriStar
2Filly Brown$57,719-28%188--$307$1,693,9511Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Lords of Salem$51,062-14%355--$144$811,9821Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$49,161-11%867416$57$131,180,14323Weinstein Company
5Trance$46,120-12%4435$104$1,966,0103Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$36,391-12%645592$56$31,915,56511Open Road
7Girl Rising$33,973-4%170122$200$939,4557Gathr Films
8Identity Thief$33,600-18%480-84$70$132,781,59511Universal
9Admission$31,760-15%485-424$65$17,548,5495Focus
10The Sapphires$27,5610%11421$242$1,212,2305Weinstein Company
11Quartet$20,262-3%176-48$115$17,900,39215Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$19,416-12%32548$60$70,934,82710Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$15,406-13%193-24$80$124,571,06722Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$14,691-12%265-9$55$22,384,7006Warner Bros. / New Line
15Spring Breakers$14,317-23%122-304$117$13,878,2256A24
16Escape From Planet Earth$12,91529%240-36$54$54,880,37610Weinstein Company
17Warm Bodies$12,2910%240-39$51$66,153,99312Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack the Giant Slayer$12,126-21%255-76$48$63,300,2698Warner Bros. / New Line
19A Good Day to Die Hard$8,771-3%170-40$52$67,179,07010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$6,534-18%161-54$41$42,132,5459Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,4121%112-42$48$55,697,76913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,477-16%520$182$12,227,92953Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$6,59829%48-1$137$739,1236GKIDS
3Dark Skies$5,797-4%9166$64$17,311,0329Weinstein / Dimension
421 And Over$5,283-22%50-57$106$25,521,8798Relativity Media
5Camp (2013)$4,70428%3211$147$241,7859Freestyle Releasing
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,41836%31--$143$464,4708Methinx Entertainment
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,5818%300$119$22,502,707107Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Django Unchained$3,473-17%77-49$45$162,771,16317Weinstein Company
9Emperor$3,370-1%64-32$53$3,284,5967Roadside Attractions
10Parental Guidance$3,173-15%900$35$77,194,50117Fox
11Starbuck$2,474-13%29-3$85$3,703,9545eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,30411%1--$2,304$16,3351Rialto Pictures
13Stoker$1,6449%28-2$59$1,695,2848Fox Searchlight
14Argo$1,604-19%43-129$37$136,024,12828Warner Bros.
15Not Today$1,420-11%20-21$71$143,2042Freestyle Releasing
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$491-11%51-4$10$303,002,76519Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$43724%2-11$219$125,6493CodeBlack Films
18Settai$215-62%2-13$108$85,3253UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$138-25%1--$138$2,5781Anchor Bay Films