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, Mar. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Son of God$6,797,385-27%3,260--$2,085$25,601,8651Fox
2Non-Stop (2014)$6,411,750-48%3,090--$2,075$28,875,6351Universal
3The LEGO Movie$6,150,629-40%3,770-120$1,631$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
4RoboCop (2014)$1,279,703-39%2,885-487$444$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$1,187,301-49%2,8720$413$20,751,6962Relativity Media
6Pompeii$1,149,133-42%2,6580$432$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
7Frozen (2013)$1,124,665-37%1,746-145$644$388,756,78315Disney
8The Monuments Men$1,087,800-55%3,002-62$362$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
9About Last Night$785,131-50%1,804-449$435$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$691,430-53%1,869-317$370$127,161,0807Universal
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$324,427-47%1,317--$246$126,527,20111Paramount
12Philomena$277,010-53%1,09793$253$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
13Endless Love (2014)$262,360-62%1,874-1022$140$22,189,6103Universal
14Lone Survivor$253,965-48%1,017-499$250$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$406,323-60%94542$430$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$396,924-39%496475$800$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$282,359-54%505-122$559$114,570,29210Paramount
4The Nut Job$230,136-29%752-483$306$60,792,1817Open Road
512 Years a Slave$229,403-56%41162$558$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$223,746-50%340-8$658$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
7Stalingrad (2014)$152,943-28%308--$497$510,8461Sony / Columbia
8That Awkward Moment$114,722-53%608-600$189$25,081,2645Focus
9Repentance$110,645-50%152--$728$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,103-60%21641$426$25,325,09418Focus
11Her (2013)$85,954-61%2500$344$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
12Nebraska$80,031-60%28979$277$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,151-40%215-51$280$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$57,457-56%367-440$157$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$55,138-51%705-2260$78$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$52,752-56%346-179$152$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$44,645-51%198-42$225$423,905,46615Lionsgate
18I, Frankenstein$38,910-36%169-48$230$18,850,4256Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$37,645-34%195-19$193$35,783,99611Fox
20Gloria (2014)$30,252-59%102-8$297$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,766-56%163-45$158$57,901,56310Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$22,977-40%163-18$141$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$10,857-49%107-311$101$13,250,5225Paramount
24In Secret$9,706-52%109-157$89$420,3092Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$9,122-53%111-425$82$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Legend Of Hercules$21,726-30%89-21$244$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
2Highway$19,856-56%80-17$248$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$10,017-61%73-11$137$21,277,41717Fox
4Captain Phillips$9,184-90%96-93$96$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
5Free Birds$8,576-34%48-8$179$55,682,51818Relativity Media
6Devil's Due$8,019-41%48-36$167$15,773,3997Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,712-64%65-42$119$13,159,11413CBS Films
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,584-44%9158$50$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
9Grudge Match$4,557-55%75-33$61$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$2,940-62%1--$2,940$13,0781GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$607-68%9-24$67$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$168-34%10$168$21,5604Rialto Pictures