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 Wed, May. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$3,656,085-24%3,279--$1,115$61,969,0951Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,068,880-29%4,3240$478$153,429,8742Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$777,535-20%3,30668$235$64,553,7793Fox
4Heaven is for Real$515,425-19%3,048118$169$77,336,1384Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$421,532-16%2,701-478$156$246,464,8606Disney
6Rio 2$277,356-19%2,973-341$93$113,939,4885Fox
7Moms' Night Out$223,453-35%1,044--$214$5,133,5681Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$208,068-12%2,658--$78$4,384,1021Clarius Entertainment
9Brick Mansions$146,647-25%1,954-693$75$18,985,8303Relativity Media
10Divergent$139,045-15%1,233-406$113$145,505,7958Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$123,807-10%1,000-330$124$58,061,1208Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$102,2880%1,243-547$82$16,339,3264Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$50,118-19%1,133-894$44$8,162,5993Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$155,113-6%770-114$201$54,276,95610Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$65,286-8%820-534$80$27,961,5625Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$46,955-9%18117$259$2,397,2085Weinstein Company
4Noah$42,885-16%477-452$90$100,013,0037Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$36,546-9%401181$91$253,780,04614Warner Bros.
6Transcendence$34,277-29%515-1260$67$22,326,0694Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$30,782-11%526-802$59$16,943,0284Open Road
8Oculus$27,374-16%410-474$67$27,327,4685Relativity Media
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$19,2605%357-53$54$108,977,56310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Non-Stop (2014)$16,520-12%23618$70$91,154,65511Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$8,856-8%191-44$46$106,197,72510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$50,1943%4541$1,115$775,2632Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,51422%36-1$987$1,641,9036Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$20,87517%6--$3,479$260,1601Open Road
4Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8,403-31%2917$290$106,9324Rialto Pictures
52 States$7,136-3%59-37$121$2,181,2414UTV Motion Pictures
6Blue Ruin$6,9163%611$113$222,4003RADiUS-TWC
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,1669819%2-11$2,083$44,6902eOne Films US
83 Days to Kill$2,299-18%42-22$55$30,695,45312Relativity Media
9Sabotage (2014)$2,098-14%51-9$41$10,506,1897Open Road
10Bad Words$1,45912%29-11$50$7,741,6699Focus
11Son of God$1,412-13%68-58$21$59,671,37111Fox
12Joe (2014)$1,264-22%23-16$55$368,3935Roadside Attractions
13The Hornet's Nest$1,11018%4--$278$29,7971Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$479-20%13-9$37$37,703,38925Weinstein Company
15Watermark$46219%5-6$92$84,0966eOne Films US
16Gloria (2014)$345-15%7-2$49$2,107,63816Roadside Attractions
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$243-15%10$243$44,55514Rialto Pictures
18The Unknown Known$1966%6-9$33$266,0396RADiUS-TWC