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. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$11,494,701-29%3,470--$3,313$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,813,363-32%3,934--$2,495$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$4,015,770-44%3,11323$1,290$52,568,5302Universal
4Son of God$3,503,555-16%3,27111$1,071$41,874,2302Fox
5The LEGO Movie$3,271,014-36%3,290-480$994$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
6Frozen (2013)$931,445-33%1,660-86$561$392,994,66816Disney
73 Days to Kill$761,404-45%2,348-524$324$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8The Monuments Men$747,475-49%2,001-1001$374$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$588,032-36%1,714-1171$343$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$554,218-43%1,065654$520$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$469,665-52%1,323-546$355$129,988,2708Universal
12Pompeii$431,319-38%1,658-1000$260$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$422,806-43%1,074-730$394$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$262,188-34%4960$529$3,488,7853Disney
2American Hustle$231,937-56%605-340$383$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
3Gravity$230,446-47%38444$600$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
4Philomena$179,794-42%670-427$268$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$165,315-49%359-146$460$115,691,78811Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$153,706-48%31296$493$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$106,195-46%472-545$225$124,127,33111Universal
8The Nut Job$101,213-29%490-262$207$61,399,0058Open Road
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$100,589-36%333118$302$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10Repentance$80,210-41%1575$511$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Endless Love (2014)$75,040-59%536-1338$140$23,102,0754Universal
12Her (2013)$69,858-41%155-95$451$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$47,317-47%180-109$263$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
14That Awkward Moment$46,591-51%188-420$248$25,587,7956Focus
15Stalingrad (2014)$36,431-17%143-165$255$869,1162Sony / Columbia
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$36,219-45%304-1013$119$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$32,168-45%196-150$164$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$27,306-52%133-65$205$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$26,470-24%164-31$161$35,892,96312Fox
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$19,546-64%107-260$183$50,098,7048Paramount
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,612-51%133-30$140$58,023,61911Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,117-29%111-52$127$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$252,560-15%4--$63,140$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$34,955-32%76-26$460$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
3I, Frankenstein$23,364-19%92-77$254$18,970,3417Lionsgate
4The Legend Of Hercules$15,217-7%61-28$249$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
5Free Birds$12,081-30%7426$163$55,725,93019Relativity Media
6Labor Day (2013)$12,070-35%84-23$144$13,320,0176Paramount
7Inside Llewyn Davis$7,986-46%52-13$154$13,214,25514CBS Films
8The Book Thief$7,124-58%49-24$145$21,345,52518Fox
9Winter's Tale$7,032-55%82-623$86$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
10Ernest & Celestine$3,566-21%65$594$25,9602GKIDS
11Vampire Academy$3,256-30%32-79$102$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
12Highway$2,923-39%9-71$325$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
13Grudge Match$2,881-40%45-30$64$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,747-30%42-49$65$8,294,32015Weinstein Company