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 Mon, Jul. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$5,644,230-57%4,0036$1,410$234,021,0052Universal
2Grown Ups 2$4,759,943-55%3,491--$1,363$46,268,5151Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$4,057,108-59%3,275--$1,239$41,342,4331Warner Bros.
4The Heat$1,768,845-56%3,128-56$565$114,134,4023Fox
5Monsters University$1,518,056-50%3,142-597$483$239,289,0594Disney
6The Lone Ranger$1,406,510-57%3,9040$360$72,873,8022Disney
7World War Z$1,217,477-56%3,003-313$405$178,189,2594Paramount
8White House Down$752,815-57%2,566-656$293$63,728,3813Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$592,243-58%2,150-755$275$281,481,2055Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$424,552-51%1,394-710$305$92,063,5635Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$505,192-59%89216$566$26,637,6532Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$184,667-51%850-756$217$113,496,5337Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$98,296-51%403-162$244$224,459,2019Paramount
4Epic$74,949-47%352-76$213$104,947,2428Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$66,640-52%392-225$170$236,599,8108Universal
6The Croods$42,893-44%243-26$177$185,672,99417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7After Earth$41,601-51%238-32$175$59,425,1757Sony / Columbia
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$32,454-57%138-32$235$3,559,2806Roadside Attractions
9The Internship$31,668-47%233-146$136$43,252,3736Fox
10The Hangover Part III$28,909-53%265-73$109$111,680,5168Warner Bros.
11The Purge$26,850-44%179-77$150$63,860,8256Universal
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,950-54%125-60$200$143,243,72610Warner Bros.
13Mud$17,184-57%1132$152$21,087,76512Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$10,652-57%150-20$71$49,673,80912Paramount
1542 (2013)$9,220-46%105-77$88$94,937,07014Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$121,030-64%7960$1,532$1,987,3662Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$53,383-56%7--$7,626$439,6741Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$25,878-63%9121$284$811,0644Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$23,432-52%97-62$242$5,481,5845A24
5Scary Movie 5$13,141-53%33-10$398$31,971,08514Weinstein / Dimension
6Escape From Planet Earth$10,747-49%55-7$195$56,968,79822Weinstein Company
7The East$10,485-61%71-31$148$2,136,5757Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$9,794-53%565$175$1,216,5057CBS Films
9Kon-Tiki$2,925-67%21-3$139$1,447,95912Weinstein Company
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,811-55%41-22$69$122,514,86316Paramount
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,42667%20$1,213$510,84511eOne Films US
12Stories We Tell$2,274-74%281$81$1,486,34810Roadside Attractions
13The Sapphires$1,598-50%150$107$2,440,85117Weinstein Company
14Pawn Shop Chronicles$644-56%15--$43$5,5681Anchor Bay Films
15Copperhead$402-58%5-10$80$119,5453Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$256-68%5--$51$3,9781Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$199-74%1-1$199$317,36414Freestyle Releasing