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 Tue, Mar. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$4,198,38617%3,936--$1,067$62,383,4161Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,421,62823%3,194--$445$19,584,9201Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,239,75729%3,607-344$344$83,336,3523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$971,09717%3,085-405$315$95,394,9983Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$898,96834%3,1150$289$32,134,6182Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$721,52529%2,945-238$245$79,990,6304Universal
7The LEGO Movie$531,00829%2,501-539$212$244,327,7027Warner Bros.
8Son of God$325,99818%2,139-851$152$56,271,7964Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$292,29225%1,8960$154$13,439,0012Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$88,69525%1,069-397$83$397,904,63318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$1,002,41717%780--$1,285$11,075,7391Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$724,45215%304238$2,383$14,350,7703Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$135,11116%938-656$144$75,936,7217Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$83,59615%752-814$111$29,889,9895Relativity Media
512 Years a Slave$66,59833%522-403$128$56,147,02723Fox Searchlight
6Ride Along$61,56511%650-374$95$133,237,17010Universal
7Veronica Mars$53,69622%34756$155$2,930,6912Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$52,56139%335-70$157$62,691,21510Open Road
9Philomena$37,87929%297-205$128$37,156,59818Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$30,16921%281-222$107$149,861,79415Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$29,92429%202-118$148$273,142,49325Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$29,43216%328-637$90$57,137,3386Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$25,21511%215-71$117$116,736,97013Paramount
14About Last Night$21,2435%214-410$99$48,309,1616Sony / Screen Gems
15Dallas Buyers Club$20,42514%178-103$115$27,104,15921Focus
16Pompeii$20,25754%201-470$101$22,847,4745Sony / TriStar
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,9757%224-53$71$258,070,03815Warner Bros. / New Line
18Lone Survivor$15,8200%211-105$75$124,841,87613Universal
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,45520%211-57$64$424,557,15018Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,48512%128-24$90$50,450,74610Paramount
21August: Osage County$11,02044%141-62$78$37,619,70213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,35937%14494$44$12,567,1686Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$59,40810%8781$683$774,3492Focus
2Her (2013)$10,73852%73-48$147$25,395,75614Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$10,05949%93-29$108$25,991,1098Focus
4Gloria (2014)$5,54322%50-25$111$1,993,6109Roadside Attractions
5Walking With Dinosaurs$3,62418%59-39$61$36,026,71814Fox
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,488-12%63-25$55$58,169,64813Fox
7Blood Ties$3,2423%28--$116$33,3151Roadside Attractions
8Repentance$2,249-24%43-83$52$1,184,5444Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,93572%13-57$149$990,8084Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$1,78825%3523$51$7,776,5747Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$1,110-1%7-2$159$95,9894GKIDS
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$731-78%18-5$41$8,320,07117Weinstein Company
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$70730%15-45$47$62,6952RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$116-61%1--$116$24,2247Rialto Pictures