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. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$17,000,000--2,735--$6,216$17,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,742,000-11%3,330220$4,427$74,007,1063Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,610,000-3%3,4450$3,660$109,561,9184Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,756,000-10%3,259-119$2,380$70,843,6704Disney
5Elysium$6,300,000-9%2,539-374$2,481$78,403,7294Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,200,000-44%3,1180$1,668$22,654,1842Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$4,759,494-46%1,5532$3,065$16,568,7282Focus
8Getaway$4,505,000--2,130--$2,115$4,505,0001Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,425,000-16%2,393-337$1,849$54,965,0194Fox
10Blue Jasmine$4,020,7381%1,179-104$3,410$20,487,2066Sony Pictures Classics
11You're Next$4,000,000-43%2,4370$1,641$13,339,7082Lionsgate
12Despicable Me 2$2,700,0004%1,280-122$2,109$354,638,7909Universal
132 Guns$2,600,000-23%1,408-433$1,847$69,309,9055Universal
14The Smurfs 2$1,950,000-29%1,366-486$1,428$66,104,2365Sony / Columbia
15Kick-Ass 2$1,900,000-57%1,638-1307$1,160$26,429,0453Universal
16Monsters University$1,476,000277%1,8891646$781$263,478,31411Disney
17World War Z$1,241,000294%1,2471008$995$200,264,83111Paramount
18Jobs$1,221,000-57%1,302-1079$938$14,485,3203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,500,000--347--$21,614$7,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$2,543,484--870--$2,924$3,055,3301Focus
3The Grandmaster$2,446,0001744%749742$3,266$2,642,0442Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$1,700,000-32%988-461$1,721$127,808,8826Fox
5The Conjuring$1,350,000-34%903-452$1,495$133,822,9107Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,044,63069%385231$2,713$3,386,9095A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$820,000671%958814$856$228,260,81016Paramount
8Turbo$770,00020%438-32$1,758$79,817,4837Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pacific Rim$740,00084%401141$1,845$100,117,0518Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$700,00072%654352$1,070$19,520,5739Fox Searchlight
11The Heat$630,00016%393-16$1,603$157,255,65710Fox
12Now You See Me$368,0009%239-7$1,540$116,965,84514Lionsgate / Summit
13The Lone Ranger$364,00094%254113$1,433$88,430,9039Disney
14Red 2$342,000-1%261-128$1,310$52,088,0967Lionsgate / Summit
15R.I.P.D.$214,0004%1812$1,182$33,017,0957Universal
16Fruitvale Station$188,000-32%294-98$639$15,521,1728Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$328,70016%9217$3,573$1,192,1704Roadside Attractions
2Austenland$215,31293%5230$4,141$444,6793Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$94,34568%1612$5,897$170,8082Cinedigm
4Fast & Furious 6$88,80069%59-39$1,505$238,660,69015Universal
5Passion$33,757--14--$2,411$33,7571eOne Films US
6Afternoon Delight$28,088--2--$14,044$28,0881The Film Arcade
7Therese (2013)$20,0050%82$2,501$51,3592MPI Pictures
8Our Nixon$5,911--3--$1,970$5,9111Cinedigm