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 Sat, Sep. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$7,208,240-1%3,107--$2,320$14,525,2251Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,958,41367%3,3300$1,189$89,329,2284Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$3,620,02558%3,4450$1,051$121,836,5345Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$2,028,288129%3,033-226$669$77,918,6885Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$1,875,13661%2,7350$686$22,928,2992Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$1,453,02663%2,241-298$648$84,323,0445Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,206,707123%2,045-348$590$59,095,9355Fox
8The World's End$1,044,21048%1,520-33$687$21,217,0163Focus
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,031,47274%2,519-599$409$27,267,3073Sony / Screen Gems
10Getaway$1,026,51659%2,1355$481$8,158,9102Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$851,03045%2,1612127$394$98,384,48613Sony / Columbia
12You're Next$741,41953%1,902-535$390$16,548,8133Lionsgate
13Despicable Me 2$724,500134%1,050-234$690$357,133,06010Universal
142 Guns$658,22557%1,165-246$565$71,745,3956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,302,179102%717369$4,606$17,152,2522Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Smurfs 2$462,726217%949-417$488$67,884,0516Sony / Columbia
3The Grandmaster$450,30454%80455$560$4,672,0123Weinstein Company
4Closed Circuit$430,13147%8700$494$4,808,2682Focus
5The Wolverine$360,85673%698-290$517$129,231,8177Fox
6The Conjuring$342,03056%716-187$478$135,025,3838Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$307,07046%41530$740$4,610,7746A24
8Kick-Ass 2$291,28052%662-984$440$27,942,2954Universal
9The Way, Way Back$225,19670%550-104$409$20,307,35510Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$225,002-21%412--$546$510,7991High Top Releasing
11Monsters University$219,204125%596-1293$368$264,853,55412Disney
12Turbo$211,428148%358-80$591$80,481,4958Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13World War Z$201,00471%374-873$537$201,239,38712Paramount
14Jobs$191,01166%502-800$381$15,421,1264Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$189,62988%355-116$534$130,564,4139Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$177,85064%350-43$508$157,818,17111Fox
17Pacific Rim$164,34875%307-94$535$100,772,6569Warner Bros.
18In a World...$131,77763%10211$1,292$1,600,8595Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$88,87557%205-34$434$117,337,69315Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$77,83091%1810$430$33,243,0008Universal
21Red 2$76,97554%250-11$308$52,406,8508Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$56,07080%201-83$279$290,891,83513Warner Bros.
23White House Down$54,71764%168-38$326$72,968,71011Sony / Columbia
24Fruitvale Station$50,24356%188-106$267$15,735,5259Weinstein Company
25Star Trek Into Darkness$27,50765%106-852$260$228,740,67417Paramount
26Paranoia$27,13246%178-214$152$7,181,1154Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$46,87960%79-4$593$646,3372UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$35,04918%4--$8,762$64,6821Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$32,18875%53-40$607$5,205,3635UTV Motion Pictures
4Winnie Mandela$25,76922%32--$805$46,8751RLJ / Image Entertainment
5Afternoon Delight$24,96648%2523$999$80,4722The Film Arcade
6Epic$16,484202%56-24$294$107,480,08516Fox
7Populaire$7,776103%3--$2,592$11,6081Weinstein Company
8Passion$7,40453%13-1$570$67,8652eOne Films US
9Unfinished Song$4,82858%214$230$1,644,40512Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$3,23311%1--$3,233$6,1331Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,62663%196$138$4,276,32914Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,23485%95$248$1,589,27518Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$1,0247%50$205$28,7103Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$47526%1-1$475$36,1987Rialto Pictures
15Underdogs (2013)$372226%10$372$34,7934Freestyle Releasing
16Girl Most Likely$359--21$180$1,377,9898Roadside Attractions
17Mud$30257%4-2$76$21,588,87020Roadside Attractions