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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$36,593,000--3,141--$11,650$36,593,0001Universal
2Warm Bodies$11,500,000-43%3,0090$3,822$36,625,0822Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$10,015,000--2,605--$3,845$10,015,0001Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,908,000-11%2,8090$2,459$90,002,23913Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,750,000-39%3,285-90$1,750$43,832,8533Paramount
6Mama$4,323,000-34%2,677-104$1,615$64,045,1454Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$4,000,000-23%2,562-309$1,561$83,560,5908Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,500,00023%1,405470$1,779$123,733,61318Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,288,000-24%1,502-275$1,523$154,501,1327Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$1,980,000-56%2,4040$824$8,171,0222Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,860,000-23%1,517-239$1,226$173,607,46914Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$1,761,000-47%2,004-234$879$15,741,6533FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$1,556,000-36%1,447-401$1,075$143,984,1557Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,465,000-23%1,001-299$1,464$298,330,0529Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$1,085,000-27%1,219-261$890$74,357,4907Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$1,900,000--300--$6,333$1,900,0001Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,725,000-8%92422$1,867$108,509,50512Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,066,00079%75797$1,408$184,414,71515Disney
4Quartet$951,000-20%24442$3,898$5,010,4875Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$915,000-30%739-26$1,238$16,625,7448Lionsgate / Summit
6Gangster Squad$870,000-53%942-683$924$44,803,8405Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$840,622-45%913-588$921$39,061,0155Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$600,000-60%67011$896$2,719,7642Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$470,000-68%755-1031$623$19,213,4644Fox
10Amour$380,721-15%12531$3,046$3,023,5998Sony Pictures Classics
11Rise of The Guardians$248,000-8%275-32$902$100,859,62412Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack Reacher$243,000-26%307-143$792$79,124,2418Paramount
13Hyde Park on Hudson$131,143-28%130-14$1,009$5,826,57510Focus
14The Guilt Trip$107,000-38%225-66$476$36,694,5378Paramount
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$101,000151%18564$546$34,185,0496Lionsgate
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$98,000-28%160-29$613$291,427,46813Lionsgate / Summit
17The Last Stand$70,000-74%239-450$293$11,881,4084Lionsgate
18Flight$60,000-47%115-85$522$93,750,77115Paramount
19Red Dawn (2012)$54,910-36%105-48$523$44,751,32712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$55,729-23%911$612$12,673,41213Focus
2The Gatekeepers$42,449-31%30$14,150$152,9162Sony Pictures Classics
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$32,000-7%47-3$681$12,496,6948Paramount
4Lore$31,000--6--$5,167$31,0001Music Box Films
5Rust and Bone$30,154-58%51-29$591$1,900,12212Sony Pictures Classics
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$29,595-57%81-67$365$13,083,11510FilmDistrict
7Lost in Thailand$29,143--35--$833$29,1431WAMCR
8Koch$27,988-20%31$9,329$79,7242Zeitgeist Films
9The Master$23,000-45%291$793$16,246,40122Weinstein Company
10Searching For Sugar Man$20,7094%202$1,035$3,245,82529Sony Pictures Classics
11A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$12,000--2--$6,000$12,0001A24