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, Dec. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,265,696-33%3,92825$1,341$140,639,4802Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$4,781,745-34%3,540-176$1,351$204,058,5515Disney
3American Hustle$2,893,802-20%2,5072501$1,154$26,717,4552Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,805,736-52%3,507--$800$48,052,8761Paramount
5Saving Mr. Banks$1,916,311-10%2,1102095$908$14,014,5842Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,358,828-40%2,949-614$461$375,355,8615Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,304,825-22%2,1940$595$31,124,7422Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,043,743-37%3,231--$323$9,793,1251Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$261,885-28%1,116-1148$235$201,407,2967Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$645,77843%239--$2,702$4,520,8271Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$223,598-7%738-97$303$13,785,1135Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$206,506-2%148133$1,395$2,549,3453CBS Films
4The Book Thief$140,104-30%680-478$206$16,937,7187Fox
5Gravity$115,702-9%302-201$383$253,809,99012Warner Bros.
6Nebraska$107,917-3%31060$348$4,589,7206Paramount Vantage
7Homefront$88,425-26%675-1427$131$19,991,4354Open Road
812 Years a Slave$73,820-12%301-196$245$37,238,04510Fox Searchlight
9Delivery Man$72,706-36%663-1378$110$29,466,1545Disney / DreamWorks
10Dallas Buyers Club$71,776-10%330-244$218$15,308,0818Focus
11The Best Man Holiday$61,425-13%351-571$175$69,926,0606Universal
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$56,116-40%313138$179$115,890,57613Sony / Columbia
13Out of the Furnace$55,179-25%728-1373$76$11,057,1343Relativity Media
14Last Vegas$40,104-18%333-393$120$62,333,7118CBS Films
15Captain Phillips$32,169-3%172-151$187$104,353,03111Sony / Columbia
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,189-51%278-178$73$100,911,0749Paramount
17Ender's Game$18,708-38%187-144$100$60,773,5478Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$17,730-44%197-26$90$367,553,41025Universal
19Free Birds$14,428-32%184-99$78$54,125,9998Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$7,227-39%138-29$52$24,853,06510Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$47,088-7%6--$7,848$462,4721Warner Bros.
2Black Nativity$7,6230%63-197$121$6,982,3724Fox Searchlight
3All Is Lost$7,512-19%83-180$91$5,857,37110Roadside Attractions
4About Time$6,305-32%97-46$65$15,310,0738Universal
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,09212%40$1,523$304,5374Weinstein Company
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,477-30%85-38$53$68,430,86620Fox
7Enough Said$3,343-16%42-30$80$17,416,44414Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,530-29%43-18$59$116,135,38519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$1,161-59%32-60$36$24,460,50513Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$767-25%29-27$26$36,903,75715Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$338-57%21-130$16$2,182,4094FilmDistrict