Grosses

'Guardians' Adds $3.85M in First Place on Friday; 'As Above' Bows to $3.2M in Second Place; 'November Man' Takes $2.2M in FifthAugust 30, 2014 03:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Disney reports that Guardians of the Galaxy officially became the year's top domestic grosser on Friday with another $3.85 million added to its haul, off just 20 percent from last Friday, as it again claimed first place. That gives the film $262.1 million overall so far, surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier's final tally of $259.8 million. Through the same point in release (29 days), Guardians is now 13 percent ahead of the pace of Winter Soldier and just 1.6 percent behind that of 2008's original Iron Man. BoxOffice projects a $16.3 million 3-day weekend and a $21.8 million 4-day holiday frame.

Universal opened As Above So Below to a healthy $3.2 million yesterday after Thursday night's $470,000 preview grosses. The horror/thriller pic bowed 48 percent lower than 2012's The Possession (which also opened Labor Day weekend) and 36 percent under Oculus, however, As Above's modest $5 million production budget gives it a pass on that front. BoxOffice projects a $9.3 million 3-day and $11.2 million 4-day.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grabbed $2.66 million yesterday, down 41 percent from the same day last week. The reboot has amassed $153.3 million through 22 days of release, 21 percent more than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra through the same point. BoxOffice projects an $11.3 million 3-day weekend and $14.7 million 4-day.

Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay added $2.6 million yesterday, off 62 percent from opening day last week. The young adult drama has earned $23.2 million thus far, 42 percent more than The Host at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $9.4 million 3-day frame and $11.9 million 4-day.

Rounding out Friday's top five, Relativity Media's The November Man posted $2.2 million in its third day of release for a $3.89 million total so far. The film is pacing 14 percent behind 2011's The Debt, which also opened on Wednesday before Labor Day. BoxOffice projects The November Man will take in $8 million for the 3-day and $10.2 million for the 4-day.

On the limited release front, Sony's 30th anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters took in $490,000 from 784 locations on Friday. That's a per-theater average of $625. The performance is noticeably lower than that of 2012's Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX re-release ($1,648 opening day PTA) and 2012's Top Gun 3D ($1,757), although it should be noted that Ghostbusters doesn't have the advantage of premium priced tickets that those flicks carried. BoxOffice projects a $1.3 million 3-day and $1.7 million 4-day weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday morning for official 3- and 4-day weekend estimates from the studios.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$27,361,000--3,025--$9,045$27,361,0001Universal
2The Wolverine$21,725,000-59%3,9240$5,536$95,038,8502Fox
3The Smurfs 2$18,200,000--3,866--$4,708$27,760,8711Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$13,660,000-38%3,11593$4,385$108,589,7533Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$10,400,000-37%3,207-269$3,243$326,677,4655Universal
6Grown Ups 2$8,100,000-30%3,075-183$2,634$116,350,2064Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$6,400,000-53%2,985-824$2,144$69,478,6433Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$5,650,000-39%2,755-261$2,051$45,153,1393Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$4,725,000-32%2,074-310$2,278$149,566,0626Fox
10Pacific Rim$4,570,000-41%1,803-799$2,535$92,960,7184Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$2,850,000-17%1,001115$2,847$13,672,3275Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$2,700,000-41%1,08622$2,486$10,951,9044Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$2,376,000-61%1,703-1147$1,395$30,448,2403Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$1,815,000-35%912-528$1,990$195,888,9627Paramount
2Monsters University$1,436,000-50%879-591$1,634$258,597,6917Disney
3The Lone Ranger$627,000-63%553-714$1,134$86,731,7075Disney
4The To Do List$622,000-61%585-6$1,063$3,084,8642CBS Films
5Star Trek Into Darkness$465,00086%300120$1,550$226,209,02712Paramount
620 Feet from Stardom$301,855-19%135-12$2,236$3,498,1848RADiUS-TWC
7Now You See Me$272,000-5%206-9$1,320$115,440,13610Lionsgate / Summit
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$256,000-65%214-284$1,196$32,017,4435Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$224,000-28%230-37$974$238,015,13011Universal
10Epic$211,000-33%225-64$938$106,633,57711Fox
11Before Midnight$170,29451%226148$754$7,824,84411Sony Pictures Classics
12The Croods$140,000-22%162-32$864$186,650,21120Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Purge$87,000-26%132-25$659$64,420,9059Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,022,074230%5044$40,441$3,008,4932Sony Pictures Classics
2The Spectacular Now$200,181--4--$50,045$200,1811A24
3I'm So Excited$121,515-16%9923$1,227$1,098,7736Sony Pictures Classics
4The Attack$98,153-8%440$2,231$1,208,5677Cohen Media Group
5Unfinished Song$86,000-24%68-14$1,265$1,407,3077Weinstein Company
6Mud$62,350-20%62-11$1,006$21,473,58315Roadside Attractions
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$55,670-25%58-19$960$4,100,5119Roadside Attractions
8Only God Forgives$53,205-55%45-36$1,182$701,5563RADiUS-TWC
9Girl Most Likely$44,280-77%36-191$1,230$1,352,4413Roadside Attractions
10The Artist and the Model$16,937--2--$8,469$16,9371Cohen Media Group
11The Canyons$15,200--1--$15,200$15,2001IFC Films
12Pain and Gain$8,000-46%20-15$400$49,785,70615Paramount
13Our Children$5,500--1--$5,500$5,5001Distrib Films
14Tiny Times$3,500-72%30$1,167$21,3652China Lion Film
15Stuck in Love$717-54%10$717$73,5315Millennium Entertainment