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, Oct. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$23,001,35332%3,575--$6,434$40,486,1711Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,966,046112%4,0010$2,491$53,716,2252Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$3,048,0799%3,026--$1,007$5,834,6591Fox
4Prisoners$2,550,05947%3,236-54$788$46,465,4393Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$1,950,26039%2,30811$845$17,044,4643Universal
6Baggage Claim$1,938,45156%2,0303$955$14,239,4592Fox Searchlight
7Insidious Chapter 2$1,862,48658%2,607-513$714$73,918,6034FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$1,715,88821%2,4220$708$15,052,8072Relativity Media
9We're the Millers$766,50662%1,606-799$477$144,529,6489Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$690,35757%2,023-871$341$34,237,0014Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$557,32460%1,563-499$357$112,082,4198Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,010,35667%437210$2,312$4,850,6423Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$876,02515%387--$2,264$1,634,8121Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$746,37479%858-90$870$40,580,1766Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$376,1588%511--$736$723,1311Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$296,20820%589284$503$2,583,3102Picturehouse
6Battle of the Year$253,23777%907-1101$279$8,342,5203Sony / Screen Gems
7Riddick$246,45068%795-1031$310$41,052,4455Universal
8Despicable Me 2$230,37598%485-263$475$362,297,38514Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$203,20692%513-494$396$65,864,2089Fox
10Grown Ups 2$186,69174%335-55$557$132,364,24313Sony / Columbia
11Besharam$148,36021%217--$684$388,2971Reliance Entertainment
12Planes$126,416114%376-1050$336$88,062,6749Disney
13Turbo$95,119116%222-60$428$82,154,12912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Wolverine$81,66755%241-88$339$131,542,71011Fox
15Elysium$77,32756%222-340$348$92,170,6839Sony / TriStar
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$70,653179%246-59$287$5,340,9213Warner Bros.
17Red 2$62,71932%20393$309$53,004,89012Lionsgate / Summit
182 Guns$61,05056%200-203$305$75,217,58010Universal
19The Conjuring$57,00668%202-136$282$137,135,03612Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Heat$56,85456%182-69$312$159,109,34115Fox
21The Smurfs 2$53,14859%156-197$341$70,036,21810Sony / Columbia
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$30,41151%146-183$208$31,148,3337Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$27,35443%131-150$209$25,821,8957Focus
24The Way, Way Back$15,14344%131-27$116$21,379,39714Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$33,878-23%9--$3,764$77,7701Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$27,46952%92-48$299$101,710,68613Warner Bros.
3In a World...$25,41952%78-43$326$2,689,6089Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$20,33130%97-108$210$101,457,67217Sony / Columbia
5World War Z$19,60662%75-85$261$202,340,04816Paramount
6The Spectacular Now$19,01132%58-84$328$6,731,26310A24
7Haute Cuisine$14,77269%6046$246$97,3633Weinstein Company
8One Direction: This Is Us$14,50480%60-168$242$28,862,6906Sony / TriStar
9Thanks for Sharing$13,41352%65-186$206$1,001,2993Roadside Attractions
10The Grandmaster$12,98245%35-108$371$6,558,4307Weinstein Company
11Fruitvale Station$10,46563%7634$138$16,042,77913Weinstein Company
12Populaire$6,40966%5834$111$147,6265Weinstein Company
13A.C.O.D.$5,804-19%3--$1,935$12,9451The Film Arcade
14Salinger$5,56050%21-113$265$552,3575Weinstein Company
15You're Next$4,01158%45-67$89$18,425,0997Lionsgate
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,46415%21$1,732$16,0862Rialto Pictures
17We Are What We Are (2013)$3,34960%86$419$22,8342eOne Films US
18Nothing Left to Fear$2,151-43%5--$430$5,9101Anchor Bay Films
19All Is Bright$1,65121%10--$165$3,0151Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$1,183-11%9-38$131$1,325,4695High Top Releasing
21C.O.G.$87631%4-5$219$52,9213Screen Media / Focus World
22The Last Day of August$81913%1--$819$1,5441Striped Entertainment
23Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$418-38%6-2$70$4,325,94318Roadside Attractions
24Stories We Tell$3179%2-2$159$1,598,83622Roadside Attractions