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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$44,265,000-21%3,66085$12,094$123,399,9192Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$26,000,000--3,020--$8,609$26,000,0001Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$14,200,000-32%3,874-127$3,665$78,036,6773Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$3,797,000--2,538--$1,496$3,797,0001Open Road
5Runner Runner$3,725,000-52%3,0260$1,231$14,113,9582Fox
6Prisoners$3,665,000-36%2,855-381$1,284$53,619,8794Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$2,650,000-32%2,156-451$1,229$78,447,0175FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$2,364,000-47%2,130-178$1,110$22,201,2694Universal
9Don Jon$2,340,000-44%1,996-426$1,172$20,141,1503Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$2,075,000-49%1,320-710$1,572$18,272,4783Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$1,127,000-30%1,150-456$980$146,550,88710Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$575,000-62%1,050-973$548$35,799,3495Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,935,000-12%606169$3,193$8,186,5994Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$1,150,000-53%42841$2,687$4,124,4682Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$1,000,000-46%711-147$1,406$42,674,4887Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$628,000-49%980-583$641$113,548,7719Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$524,400-47%502-9$1,045$1,748,5082Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$509,000--461--$1,104$509,0001Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$508,0005%434-51$1,171$363,062,51515Universal
8Monsters University$369,000-12%235-15$1,570$267,060,15517Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$344,000-20%404-109$851$66,465,05310Fox
10Riddick$262,000-52%430-365$609$41,664,5556Universal
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$260,000--147--$1,769$260,0001Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Planes$238,000-8%3804$626$88,448,38110Disney
13Blue Jasmine$220,736-37%190-99$1,162$31,663,11812Sony Pictures Classics
14Metallica Through The Never$204,005-71%289-300$706$3,167,6443Picturehouse
15The Wolverine$185,0002%227-14$815$131,850,97512Fox
162 Guns$118,000-9%166-34$711$75,424,50011Universal
17Red 2$107,000-28%168-35$637$53,217,30913Lionsgate / Summit
18Parkland$88,487-71%133-124$665$524,0642Exclusive Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inequality for All$152,59810%8039$1,907$558,3693RADiUS-TWC
2Wadjda$108,569-10%473$2,310$619,2555Sony Pictures Classics
3Generation Iron$75,770-43%34-36$2,229$631,3674The Vladar Company
4Escape From Tomorrow$66,112--30--$2,204$66,1121Producers Distribution Agency
5Linsanity$51,500-48%167$3,219$184,4442Ketchup Entertainment
6In a World...$48,300-16%53-25$911$2,784,01610Roadside Attractions
7Austenland$48,010-11%52-13$923$1,907,1769Sony Pictures Classics
8You're Next$41,000389%8742$471$18,470,4998Lionsgate
9A.C.O.D.$36,06690%1815$2,004$62,5052The Film Arcade
10The World's End$34,009-46%73-58$466$25,904,7878Focus
11The Spectacular Now$20,135-54%33-25$610$6,778,70111A24
12We Are What We Are (2013)$15,82391%135$1,217$47,0613eOne Films US
13Ghost Team One$8,458--15--$564$8,4581The Film Arcade
14God Loves Uganda$7,300--1--$7,300$7,3001Variance Films
15Broadway Idiot$6,496--1--$6,496$6,4961FilmBuff
16As I Lay Dying$6,001--1--$6,001$6,0011Millenium Entertainment
17Cassadaga$1,716--3--$572$1,7161Archstone Distribution