'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.

Daily domestic gross

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
Aug 28Thu240$7,843,134-29%$9,246,464Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 27Wed239$7,924,145-32%$9,448,822Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 25Mon237$8,418,871-36%$9,709,053Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 26Tue238$10,735,021-34%$12,401,952Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 21Thu233$11,053,297-34%$12,584,010Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 20Wed232$11,661,818-45%$13,306,847Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 18Mon230$13,072,646-31%$14,708,278Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 07Thu219$13,907,66017%$15,707,632Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 19Tue231$16,200,050-30%$18,157,139Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 14Thu226$16,641,07820%$18,489,155Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 06Wed218$16,450,56221%$18,589,042Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 11Mon223$19,039,876-8%$21,075,872Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 04Mon216$20,776,59426%$23,145,112Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 13Wed225$21,110,55328%$23,427,575Let's Be Cops
Aug 05Tue217$22,055,52919%$24,593,938Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 12Tue224$23,150,5495%$25,592,159Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 24Sun236$25,523,842-30%$28,843,155Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 22Fri234$31,656,738-18%$35,190,570If I Stay
Aug 17Sun229$36,612,176-23%$40,409,264Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 15Fri227$38,801,790-34%$42,129,570Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 23Sat235$39,997,934-19%$45,450,037Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 10Sun222$47,526,4851%$51,098,062Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 03Sun215$47,040,39223%$51,412,027Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 16Sat228$49,613,794-21%$54,612,421Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 08Fri220$59,057,750-2%$62,833,071Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Aug 01Fri213$60,314,98332%$64,348,202Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 02Sat214$60,428,24025%$66,297,676Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 09Sat221$63,134,1144%$68,447,961Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)