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 Fri, Jul. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$16,956,117--2,903--$5,841$16,956,1171Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$7,468,08549%3,820-183$1,955$258,568,1203Universal
3Turbo$6,627,94660%3,806--$1,741$16,330,7051Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$6,428,73568%3,4910$1,842$65,944,6112Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$6,349,306--3,016--$2,105$6,349,3061Lionsgate / Summit
6R.I.P.D.$4,819,880--2,852--$1,690$4,819,8801Universal
7Pacific Rim$4,723,43652%3,28510$1,438$57,003,7282Warner Bros.
8The Heat$2,845,64464%2,689-439$1,058$122,813,0804Fox
9World War Z$1,550,40960%2,066-937$750$183,291,4765Paramount
10Monsters University$1,512,66614%2,186-956$692$245,504,9205Disney
11The Lone Ranger$1,318,59016%2,273-1631$580$78,229,8333Disney
12White House Down$713,49219%1,454-1112$491$66,766,1214Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$504,42913%1,050-1100$480$283,685,5166Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$659,63978%748-144$882$28,572,4393Lionsgate / Summit
2The Way, Way Back$623,940365%304225$2,052$3,016,2103Fox Searchlight
3This Is The End$355,94521%622-772$572$93,606,0376Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$225,750--351--$643$225,7501Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$133,57127%333-517$401$114,108,1878Lionsgate / Summit
6Epic$117,50537%319-33$368$105,332,0779Fox
7Star Trek Into Darkness$110,50842%250-153$442$224,844,21110Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$101,439277%302177$336$143,431,39311Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$99,05066%279-113$355$236,898,0259Universal
10The Internship$68,942102%202-31$341$43,425,7427Fox
11The Croods$62,93224%212-31$297$185,892,45518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12After Earth$55,97927%189-49$296$59,614,6468Sony / Columbia
13The Purge$39,78078%156-23$255$63,974,7157Universal
14The Hangover Part III$33,07712%202-63$164$111,803,3129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$229,790372%3427$6,759$822,0032Weinstein Company
2Unfinished Song$43,90933%88-3$499$958,1485Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$39,135-11%95-43$412$3,726,3397Roadside Attractions
4Mud$25,70836%77-36$334$21,171,07013Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$21,006-11%38-59$553$5,579,5966A24
6The Kings of Summer$11,7766%35-21$336$1,262,7948CBS Films
742 (2013)$11,0324%85-20$130$94,979,05915Warner Bros.
8The East$9,824-22%31-40$317$2,183,6928Fox Searchlight
9Pain and Gain$7,869-32%70-80$112$49,714,32713Paramount
10Copperhead$7,6511039%3631$213$129,0834Brainstorm Media
11Stories We Tell$6,678104%22-6$304$1,501,88511Roadside Attractions
12Kon-Tiki$2,98624%9-12$332$1,460,06613Weinstein Company
13Scary Movie 5$625-95%8-25$78$32,012,34915Weinstein / Dimension
14The Sapphires$382-77%10-5$38$2,446,53918Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$238-98%7-48$34$57,011,08023Weinstein Company
16Not Today$123-8%10$123$317,82015Freestyle Releasing
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$101-95%41$25$513,45512eOne Films US