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, Aug. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$4,177,46018%3,260--$1,281$45,613,7561Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$3,925,85215%3,284--$1,195$37,150,3661Sony / TriStar
3Planes$3,085,71024%3,702--$834$27,809,0311Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,430,33930%3,031--$802$27,550,9781Fox
5The Smurfs 2$2,070,62258%3,8671$535$49,851,8572Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,589,65527%3,0283$525$51,484,3252Universal
7The Wolverine$1,276,74727%2,867-1057$445$114,294,1233Fox
8Despicable Me 2$1,221,45034%2,395-812$510$340,613,4206Universal
9The Conjuring$979,01113%2,650-465$369$122,519,5084Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$616,95229%2,102-973$294$124,880,8505Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$485,55639%1,771-1214$274$75,956,9814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$314,40327%1,351-723$233$154,144,2257Fox
13Red 2$282,92923%1,574-1181$180$49,864,3674Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$277,34922%980-823$283$97,284,2735Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$253,87832%780-221$325$16,758,5256Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$250,30346%196--$1,277$2,837,9561UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$197,81416%828-258$239$13,822,4605Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$159,62128%405-474$394$260,455,5268Disney
6Man of Steel$129,20316%426122$303$288,923,0099Warner Bros.
7World War Z$122,02321%505-407$242$197,680,8808Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$69,31016%478-1225$145$32,099,1704Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$45,20711%256-44$177$226,887,10413Paramount
10Epic$31,22733%222-33$141$107,039,11212Fox
11Now You See Me$30,15047%143-63$211$115,800,85511Lionsgate / Summit
12The Croods$18,24327%142-20$128$186,887,61921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fast & Furious 6$18,1650%191-39$95$238,322,95012Universal
14The Internship$16,1352%136-36$119$44,454,67210Fox
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,253-5%135-93$98$144,737,44814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$34,6562%1915$1,824$603,4362A24
2The To Do List$12,4111%86-499$144$3,472,0943CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,25614%77-137$133$32,182,2956Lionsgate / Summit
4Unfinished Song$8,75334%53-15$165$1,525,2918Weinstein Company
5In a World...$8,526-1%3--$2,842$87,7101Roadside Attractions
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,361-3%53-5$139$4,184,27010Roadside Attractions
7Mud$4,0844%44-18$93$21,546,39316Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$3,053-6%401$76$5,812,7499A24
9The Hangover Part III$2,929-8%46-57$64$112,192,75112Warner Bros.
10Stories We Tell$1,641111%10-7$164$1,572,16214Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,4682%19-1$77$49,806,69216Paramount
12Girl Most Likely$1,0373%12-24$86$1,372,1054Roadside Attractions