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 Fri, May. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,167,017--4,324--$8,133$35,167,0171Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$4,805,726157%3,23833$1,484$37,951,1982Fox
3Heaven is for Real$2,431,707149%2,930225$830$59,334,1163Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,099,784147%3,179-441$661$231,480,9955Disney
5Rio 2$1,744,517233%3,314-389$526$100,614,7934Fox
6Brick Mansions$1,107,993151%2,6470$419$13,045,3092Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$677,890251%2,0270$334$5,438,9222Lionsgate
8Divergent$622,484225%1,639-427$380$141,109,2107Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$511,869102%1,330-270$385$54,307,2717Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Bears$448,00815%1,79070$250$13,104,0623Disneynature
11Draft Day$401,317116%1,354-726$296$25,445,0844Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$341,96420%1,775-1680$193$20,535,1743Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$321,26469%1,328-982$242$15,370,0593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$477,867107%884-137$541$50,249,2999Fox Searchlight
2Oculus$247,70775%884-997$280$26,188,9734Relativity Media
3Noah$226,21241%929-675$244$98,350,9616Paramount
4RoboCop (2014)$138,437--23184$599$58,051,50112Sony / Columbia
5The Railway Man$134,459145%1648$820$1,261,2574Weinstein Company
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$94,369325%410-58$230$108,239,4709Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The LEGO Movie$54,376198%220-83$247$252,932,34013Warner Bros.
8Non-Stop (2014)$44,785176%218-34$205$90,608,45510Universal
9The Monuments Men$34,208--145-21$236$77,767,17513Sony / Columbia
10300: Rise of an Empire$33,46240%235-90$142$105,948,5979Warner Bros.
11The Nut Job$10,38399%101-59$103$64,199,40516Open Road
12Son of God$8,0977%126-85$64$59,607,98010Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$51,862169%96-41$540$1,895,1483UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,43231%370$1,012$1,229,1295Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$30,728--4--$7,682$30,7281Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$22,003--60--$367$69,8612RADiUS-TWC
5Walk of Shame$14,029--51--$275$14,0291Focus World
6Cesar Chavez$10,74420%9752$111$5,519,5266Lionsgate / Pantelion
73 Days to Kill$8,41894%64-21$132$30,636,72811Relativity Media
8Joe (2014)$7,63178%39-2$196$322,5854Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$7,101-23%47-72$151$478,5995Fox Searchlight
10Sabotage (2014)$6,00959%60-15$100$10,453,8736Open Road
11Bad Words$5,73125%40-74$143$7,706,5968Focus
12Gravity$5,47153%65-40$84$274,071,09131Warner Bros.
13Decoding Annie Parker$4,655--13--$358$4,6551eOne Films US
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$4,003448%98$445$27,1433Rialto Pictures
15Philomena$2,52093%22-11$115$37,683,87224Weinstein Company
16Watermark$1,059-63%11-5$96$72,4085eOne Films US
17Gloria (2014)$95687%90$106$2,095,97815Roadside Attractions
18Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$702-45%1-1$702$38,56713Rialto Pictures
19August: Osage County$328-52%3-4$109$37,737,67719Weinstein Company
20The Unknown Known$308-77%15-7$21$260,7965RADiUS-TWC
21Gabrielle (2014)$48-14%10$48$4,9483eOne Films US