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, Feb. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,241,150-87%3,890115$319$184,256,6053Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$869,310-71%2,872--$303$13,111,5281Relativity Media
3Pompeii$765,309-72%2,658--$288$11,106,1321Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$668,690-76%3,3720$198$44,673,8472Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$610,979-69%3,064-19$199$58,467,9393Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$557,193-71%2,2530$247$38,838,2992Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$240,460-78%2,186-331$110$123,369,6506Universal
8Frozen (2013)$227,077-83%1,891-210$120$384,335,20914Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$188,245-75%2,8960$65$19,997,0202Universal
10Winter's Tale$173,064-67%2,9650$58$11,440,4202Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$144,020-72%1,516-497$95$121,853,3069Universal
12Philomena$138,335-62%1,004-221$138$32,858,58714Weinstein Company
13That Awkward Moment$105,786-65%1,208-714$88$24,159,4744Focus
14The Nut Job$51,240-86%1,235-683$41$59,957,3076Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$140,079-68%903-169$155$144,255,25111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$112,367-69%627-124$179$112,933,9299Paramount
3Gravity$72,425-70%348-7$208$269,347,74821Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$63,076-67%807-471$78$49,360,4006Paramount
512 Years a Slave$56,016-65%349-37$161$49,133,23619Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$47,748-63%210-114$227$16,566,56215Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$41,760-65%525-485$80$36,657,0159Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$38,470-67%250-5$154$24,018,50810Warner Bros.
9In Secret$27,499-63%266--$103$293,0851Roadside Attractions
10Dallas Buyers Club$27,232-71%175-48$156$24,774,01217Focus
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,377-69%266-19$92$256,661,25111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gloria (2014)$22,855-66%11012$208$1,367,7365Roadside Attractions
13The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$20,040-75%240-86$84$423,646,68214Lionsgate
14Vampire Academy$19,226-71%536-2140$36$7,625,6213Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$18,977-65%418-1246$45$13,125,4824Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$14,797-62%2087$71$57,735,5419Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$13,433-36%10721$126$13,085,48612CBS Films
18I, Frankenstein$12,066-74%217-251$56$18,678,5645Lionsgate
19The Legend Of Hercules$8,707-74%11020$79$18,656,6807Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,278-84%214-34$34$35,642,01110Fox
21Grudge Match$3,756-65%108-183$35$29,751,0659Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$24,629-76%21--$1,173$480,4301Disney
2Highway$14,539-83%97--$150$341,1931UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$7,322-57%84-10$87$21,199,73716Fox
4Devil's Due$5,350-67%84-39$64$15,727,4006Fox
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,77427%33-1$114$8,246,31013Weinstein Company
6Knights of Badassdom$1,695748%31$565$115,9865eOne Films US
7Hasee Toh Phasee$1,437-85%33-44$44$635,7793Reliance Entertainment
8Free Birds$1,306-84%56-19$23$55,653,14917Relativity Media
9Barefoot$769-77%18--$43$12,5361Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$501-67%54$100$11,6873Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$233-48%10$233$20,2513Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$174-74%5-4$35$6,263,11619Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$76-84%5-10$15$1,359,6395Roadside Attractions