'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 Sun, Jan. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$10,425,645-38%2,663--$3,915$41,516,1701Universal
2The Nut Job$5,864,000-33%3,427--$1,711$19,423,0001Open Road
3Lone Survivor$5,081,295-51%2,989114$1,700$72,868,9364Universal
4Frozen (2013)$3,974,379-25%2,979-260$1,334$332,403,2159Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,249,752-53%3,387--$959$15,451,9811Paramount
6American Hustle$2,410,355-48%2,204-425$1,094$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$2,037,710-37%2,0511146$994$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
8Devil's Due$1,830,873-39%2,544--$720$8,308,2201Fox
9The Wolf of Wall Street$1,795,026-45%1,930-591$930$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,110,778-37%1,7290$642$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,059,626-39%1,815-1260$584$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
12Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,209-43%2,449-222$420$75,159,5266Disney
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,015,360-31%2,1040$483$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$675,697-41%1,328-434$509$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$537,544-45%1,731-1281$311$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$385,321-33%1,569-1314$246$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$327,497-45%1,037-1547$316$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$490,918-46%944789$520$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$435,324-39%761647$572$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$351,699-37%505-102$696$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$281,827-33%419294$673$17,813,22012Focus
5Inside Llewyn Davis$247,302-49%585-144$423$11,044,4257CBS Films
6Nebraska$221,859-47%408-113$544$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$133,424-47%903789$148$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$121,765-36%343-1016$355$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$105,536-30%454-885$232$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,861-34%256-8$359$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$58,911-42%190-113$310$20,157,29311Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$43,132-47%391-649$110$52,222,0896Lionsgate
13Free Birds$38,896-31%199-33$195$55,274,79512Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$38,178-47%408-1597$94$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$31,229-46%194-46$161$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$25,859-30%154-38$168$101,963,47413Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$22,338-28%122-241$183$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,989-46%119-17$134$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$11,159-41%9760$115$11,264,4877Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$10,055-49%62-7$162$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,305-41%2--$653$39,19920Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$161-2%10$161$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$52-32%1--$52$1,8291Striped Entertainment