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. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,000,000--3,336--$9,592$32,000,0001Paramount
2Gravity$20,300,000-32%3,707-113$5,476$199,814,3614Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,800,000-28%3,143123$3,754$70,074,0433Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$8,000,000--3,044--$2,628$8,000,0001Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,100,000-37%3,111-491$1,961$100,611,2545Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,900,000-63%3,1570$1,869$26,021,3552Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,340,000-56%2,8830$1,505$17,423,5822Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,063,000-49%1,347-813$789$59,122,0626Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$883,000-41%1,229-436$718$82,136,3857FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$562,000-66%1,7690$318$2,839,4662Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$297,045-75%1,253-1285$237$7,260,4363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,150,000133%123104$17,480$3,409,9432Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,555,000-11%83578$1,862$13,021,0926Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$697,000-45%677-520$1,030$25,852,8396Universal
4Baggage Claim$580,000-47%594-271$976$20,857,7685Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$577,000-22%786-95$734$148,556,23312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$540,000-68%969-1042$557$18,799,4204Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$525,000-46%4581$1,146$1,735,1722High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$483,000-59%540-574$894$23,488,6235Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$381,000-22%379-16$1,005$364,239,26017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$270,000-30%444-158$608$114,743,10311Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$270,000-50%301-174$897$43,942,6169Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$265,000-56%315-123$841$5,570,6734Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$227,00049%321111$707$88,977,21512Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$217,000-28%303-47$716$67,210,97412Fox
15Blue Jasmine$156,898-17%119-33$1,318$32,218,24614Sony Pictures Classics
16Grace Unplugged$120,700-49%208-105$580$2,366,8134Roadside Attractions
17The Family (2013)$82,000-62%218-265$376$36,478,7527Relativity Media
18Riddick$61,000-48%156-97$391$41,998,7308Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$517,700453%8175$6,391$655,8872Roadside Attractions
2Wadjda$132,492-6%8721$1,523$994,3717Sony Pictures Classics
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$101,116--4--$25,279$101,1161IFC Films
4Inequality for All$83,589-35%97-6$862$937,8585RADiUS-TWC
5Metallica Through The Never$50,803--22--$2,309$3,422,4095Picturehouse
6Kill Your Darlings$41,426-22%84$5,178$131,6342Sony Pictures Classics
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,000-84%91-370$385$1,069,8953Relativity Media
8Austenland$33,710-9%43-4$784$2,010,92411Sony Pictures Classics
9Capital$22,400--2--$11,200$22,4001Cohen Media Group
10Spinning Plates$20,528--3--$6,843$20,5281The Film Arcade
11A.C.O.D.$17,426-62%19-23$917$157,6904The Film Arcade
12The Square (2013)$15,665--1--$15,665$15,6651Netflix Originals
13The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$14,000-83%49-98$286$487,6263Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
14Parkland$13,934-54%20-12$697$641,4394Exclusive Media
15Escape From Tomorrow$13,815-25%110$1,256$139,3343Producers Distribution Agency
16American Promise$12,837--4--$3,209$41,1612Rada Film Group
17The World's End$12,591-11%26-14$484$25,956,36010Focus
18Seasons of Gray$11,700-63%14-10$836$51,5472EchoLight Studios
1920 Feet from Stardom$9,05415%12-5$755$4,713,48820RADiUS-TWC
20The Spectacular Now$7,011-69%24-30$292$6,830,36613A24
21Mother of George$7,000--7--$1,000$137,4027Oscilloscope
22After Tiller$2,500--6--$417$56,0756Oscilloscope
23Broadway Idiot$166-99%1-5$166$23,3753FilmBuff