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 Tue, Jun. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$11,511,127-9%4,207--$2,736$152,777,6181Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,356,333-2%3,055--$1,099$39,801,8121Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,725,08916%3,08262$560$83,920,5603Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,177,6250%2,59155$455$54,320,5752Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,145,8656%3,375-396$340$221,950,5904Universal
6The Internship$1,136,48116%3,39933$334$33,212,0732Fox
7Epic$1,108,22435%3,151-443$352$97,639,9394Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$723,89612%2,331-821$311$212,456,6695Paramount
9After Earth$573,34612%2,432-969$236$55,601,7173Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$368,60513%1,649-702$224$400,353,8017Disney
11The Hangover Part III$368,2839%1,901-1341$194$108,740,1934Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$297,48618%1,175-985$253$140,526,6086Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$118,49236%368-46$322$182,856,75913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$78,80119%405-175$195$19,763,4938Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$69,14210%44474$156$93,833,67210Warner Bros.
4The East$38,27217%11574$333$780,3053Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$29,54514%258-40$115$88,833,3409Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$20,70510%201-35$103$98,428,06113FilmDistrict
7The Big Wedding$17,60733%16573$107$21,508,1458Lionsgate
8Scary Movie 5$16,6553%14190$118$31,562,36510Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,6185%170-66$98$122,141,30712Paramount
10Escape From Planet Earth$15,60652%151-31$103$56,716,57218Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$34,324-7%5--$6,865$285,7351A24
2The Kings of Summer$22,35016%6319$355$588,3953CBS Films
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$19,970-5%2318$868$429,7962Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$11,23915%63-7$178$1,265,1766Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$10,260-2%70-5$147$1,232,9368Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,52234%300$317$22,816,706115Warner Bros. / IMAX
7To the Arctic 3D$8,68875%520$167$12,819,89061Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$6,57319%76-58$86$21,342,28912Focus
9Pain and Gain$4,94814%70-105$71$49,299,8648Paramount
10Lost and Found in Armenia$3,379-19%2-7$1,690$90,2392High Top Releasing
11The Sapphires$3,20428%39-16$82$2,331,44313Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,64516%14-15$189$478,5437eOne Films US
13Quartet$2,028-92%25-89$81$18,364,41323Weinstein Company
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,98811%11-14$181$162,7084Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$81277%6-5$135$42,2232eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$71375%6-11$119$22,8382Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$63949%7-12$91$292,89410Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$46021%100$46$1,001,71914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$34913%1--$349$2,4581Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$31445%2--$157$324,15917Freestyle Releasing