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, Dec. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,402,550-76%4,1630$817$299,698,2072Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$2,504,648-84%3,7423741$669$96,437,8742Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$531,201-75%3,286-427$162$187,236,2874Disney
4Homefront$503,072-68%2,570--$196$10,243,4911Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$411,225-72%1,717-324$240$63,499,7003Universal
6Delivery Man$370,330-72%3,0360$122$19,726,7132Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$350,296-67%1,2341164$284$8,215,2164Fox
8Last Vegas$166,745-68%1,854-1072$90$58,765,4175CBS Films
9Black Nativity$162,975-74%1,516--$108$4,942,6981Fox Searchlight
1012 Years a Slave$158,756-68%1,165-309$136$33,313,9987Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$136,290-71%1,016-829$134$249,835,3399Warner Bros.
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$104,949-65%1,503-1122$70$98,884,5786Paramount
13Free Birds$63,680-82%2,287-784$28$53,330,5895Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$297,245-67%835831$356$4,934,6642Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$160,362-69%69630$230$10,376,0665Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$92,029-58%583--$158$1,374,6941FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$61,568-72%843-1192$73$59,442,7985Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$60,299-69%807-849$75$102,784,2548Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$55,154-68%10274$541$1,534,4853Paramount Vantage
7About Time$24,665-69%331-719$75$14,688,3235Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$23,670-73%707-414$33$115,057,47910Sony / Columbia
9All Is Lost$17,854-62%154-193$116$5,323,9997Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$14,785-78%271-24$55$366,947,26522Universal
11Prisoners$9,251-56%203-52$46$60,972,12911Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$7,350-71%121-112$61$17,202,22611Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$6,058-69%164-31$37$150,375,02917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Insidious Chapter 2$5,604-70%140-45$40$83,464,29612FilmDistrict
15The Family (2013)$4,838-63%1304$37$36,814,56412Relativity Media
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,680-79%163-22$29$68,244,08117Fox
17Escape Plan$3,283-68%141-126$23$24,559,0427Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,984-71%4--$1,246$89,2671Weinstein Company
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,556-47%71-53$64$115,645,73316Weinstein Company
3Instructions Not Included$3,445-81%68-12$51$44,410,86614Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Counselor$2,596-64%78-51$33$16,859,4946Fox
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,286-80%56-56$41$328,1702Reliance Entertainment
6Don Jon$1,748-74%26-10$67$24,299,64110Relativity Media
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,4652890%120$122$1,162,5548Relativity Media
8Runner Runner$566-55%23-15$25$19,313,0469Fox
9Linsanity$552207%3--$184$285,7999Ketchup Entertainment
10In a World...$392-71%5-4$78$2,962,93417Roadside Attractions
11Reaching for the Moon$375-70%43$94$44,2134Wolfe Releasing
12The World's End$335-69%60$56$26,003,48415Focus
13Contempt (2013 re-issue)$289-39%1--$289$33,52213Rialto Pictures
14Big Sur$44-48%21$22$34,8345Ketchup Entertainment