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 Sun, Jan. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$5,159,330-47%2,75996$1,870$75,544,8052Universal
2The Nut Job$3,727,096-36%3,47245$1,073$40,056,3632Open Road
3Lone Survivor$3,430,770-42%3,162173$1,085$93,914,9215Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,853,978-32%2,757-222$1,035$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,300,037-45%3,3870$679$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$2,269,966-35%2,753--$825$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$1,777,039-47%2,304100$771$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,549,709-37%1,804-126$859$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$1,407,860-36%2,411360$584$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$651,598-47%2,5440$256$12,922,3042Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$645,850-35%1,285-530$503$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$621,317-39%1,325-404$469$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$582,749-36%1,231470$473$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
14Gravity$575,378-40%1,260316$457$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
15Dallas Buyers Club$565,744-38%1,110691$510$20,357,27713Focus
16Saving Mr. Banks$542,239-43%1,660-789$327$79,158,3107Disney
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$394,215-47%1,051-277$375$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$370,908-33%1,371-733$271$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$459,033-33%968560$474$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$344,399-24%5050$682$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$187,469-52%824-907$228$123,803,3396Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$179,429-36%385--$466$689,0701Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$146,156-49%540-497$271$56,342,6805Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$138,108-42%289-296$478$11,995,9908CBS Films
7Walking With Dinosaurs$80,969-29%330-124$245$34,691,5636Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,053-39%242-14$331$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
9Captain Phillips$78,669-45%302-601$260$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$69,001-50%527-1042$131$32,098,4954Paramount
1147 Ronin$65,725-42%239-104$275$38,055,8405Universal
12The Book Thief$56,454-39%1977$287$20,513,76212Fox
13Free Birds$31,189-30%171-28$182$55,435,49013Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$28,461-33%244-164$117$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$22,554-41%159-35$142$63,749,94213CBS Films
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,220-20%102-20$159$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$11,910-53%132-259$90$52,327,4367Lionsgate
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,679-47%101-18$86$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$17,782-28%3--$5,927$56,4541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$5,734-38%74-23$77$11,308,9018Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$5,255-27%30-32$175$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$2,878-58%13--$221$46,7631eOne Films US