Box Office Numbers: Denzel’s ‘Equalizer’ rules

The box office saw one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars flexed his star power this weekend. Denzel Washington’s latest film, The Equalizer, saw no real competition this weekend as the action film earned $35 million. It wasn’t very close really as Denzel had yet another number 1 hit film. As for the rest of the box office, last weekend’s champ The Maze Runner is in a close race with the other newcomer of the weekend, The Boxtrolls for the number 2 spot. Early estimates have Maze Runner ahead of Boxtrolls but that could change on Monday when final numbers are released.

It seemed that this past summer, star power isn’t always what gets audiences into seats. However, Denzel Washington has shown again how much his star shines. His latest film, The Equalizer debuted to a strong $35 million. That would be the actor’s 3rd largest opening behind Safe House and American Gangster. The Equalizer was sold as a reunion between Washington and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. The film didn’t receive the praise that Training Day did from critics (only 59% fresh on RT) but audiences gave it an A-, according to CinemaScore. That is a good sign for the film as it likely will earn $100 million if it holds well next weekend.

Last weekend’s champ, The Maze Runner fell down a spot but held its own. Maze Runner earned $17.5 million for the weekend which is good enough for the number 2 spot. The YA film has earned an estimated $58 million. With a sequel already greenlit for next year, expect this adaption to end its run with $95 million.

IMG_1053.JPGThe other newcomer of the weekend came in the form of The Boxtrolls. The stop-motion animated film earned $17.25 million for the weekend but could jump to the number two spot when the actual numbers are released. The Focus/Laika film earned more than the animated studio’s previous high, Coraline. However Boxtrolls debut in 3,464 theaters to an average of $4,980 while Coraline debuted to 2,299 theaters and an average of $7,329.

Also noteworthy, the hit of the summer Guardians of the Galaxy finally surpassed the total domestic run of the original Iron Man. The space opera earned $3.7 for the weekend and a total of $319.1 million. Marvel’s next film will likely break more records with next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Next weekend will see a close race for the top spot. The beginning of October always means horror films and with no Paranormal Activity, Warner Bros’ Annabelle will try to take advantage. The prequel spin-off of last summer’s box office hit The Conjuring will try to reverse the 2014 horror trend. But Annabelle will go up against the latest from David Fincher, Gone Girl. The Oscar-buzz is pretty big for this one and will likely be the number 2 film but not far behind. For personal reasons, I actually want to see Gone Girl succeed since parts of the film were shot in my hometown in Southern Illinois. However, expect the creepy doll to edge out the Bat-fleck next weekend.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N The Equalizer Sony $35,000,000 - 3,236 - $10,816 $35,000,000 $55 1
2 1 The Maze Runner Fox $17,500,000 -46.2% 3,638 +34 $4,810 $58,018,000 $34 2
3 N The Boxtrolls Focus $17,250,000 - 3,464 - $4,980 $17,250,000 - 1
4 3 This is Where I Leave You WB $7,010,000 -39.4% 2,868 - $2,444 $22,557,000 $19.8 2
5 5 Dolphin Tale 2 WB $4,835,000 -45.5% 3,376 -280 $1,432 $33,665,000 $36 3
6 4 No Good Deed (2014) SGem $4,600,000 -53.0% 2,130 -45 $2,160 $46,623,000 $13.2 3
7 2 A Walk Among the Tombstones Uni. $4,234,000 -66.8% 2,714 +2 $1,560 $20,871,000 $28 2
8 6 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $3,789,000 -27.7% 2,451 -395 $1,546 $319,192,000 $170 9
9 7 Let’s Be Cops Fox $1,515,000 -44.0% 1,534 -778 $988 $79,628,000 $17 7
10 8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $1,450,000 -45.3% 1,585 -763 $915 $187,182,000 $125 8

Box Office Numbers: ‘Maze Runner’ strong opening; ‘Tombstone’, ‘Leave You’ fall flat

The box office estimate have the YA film, The Maze Runner on top this weekend and it wasn’t really close. The film adaption didn’t open to the highest numbers of YA movies, but it was a solid debut for a film that’s budget is $34 million. The rest of the box office fizzled in terms of the other newcomers. Liam Neeson’s latest, A Walk Among the Tombstone was the actor’s lowest opening since The Grey. And the other newcomer, the ensemble comedy, This is Where I Leave You had a very middle of the road opening. Last weekend’s champ, No Good Deed fell hard. Also notable news was Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy who surpassed the lifetime domestic gross of Iron Man 2 and will likely pass the original Iron Man at the end of its run. Overall a pretty decent weekend for the domestic box office.

Going into the weekend, Fox’s latest YA film was expected to top the box office. Early tracking suggested a $35-$40 million weekend but alas the franchise starter earned $32.5 million for the weekend. That gross is higher than the more notable Ender’s Game debut ($27 million) but less than Divergent ‘s opening ($55 million). Overall, The Maze Runner will surpass its budget in the matter of days and the film should have decent legs. The YA movie received decent reviews as it currently stands at 63% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences were generally happy with the results with an A- on CinemaScore.

IMG_1050.JPGLiam Neeson had another disappointing opening (A Million Ways to Die in the West being the other) in 2014. The action flick, A Walk Among the Tombstone was Neeson’s lowest opening since The Grey in terms of his action films. Tombstone earned $13.1 million for the weekend. After awhile an actor can have so much appeal until his movies start to look the same. The actor’s resume includes both Taken films, The Grey, and Non-Stop so the subject matter gets old at some point. It’s only a matter of time until Liam Neeson decides to pursue a new path and slow down the action movies.

Last weekend’s champ, No Good Deed felt the heat and had a big decline. Deed earned $10.2 million, falling 57% from last weekend. The thriller has earned $40.1 million since and will end it’s run with $55-$60 million.

IMG_1052.JPGThe other major newcomer of the weekend, This is Where I Leave You featured stars Jason Bateman, Tiny Fey, Jane Fonda, and rising stars Adam Driver (Girls) and Corey Stoll (The Strain) who will both be in 2015 blockbusters Star Wars Episode 7 and Ant-Man respectively. The comedy has earned $11.8 million and was in line with expectations.

Also worth mentioning, the 2014 summer smash, Guardians of the Galaxy earned $5.1 million for a total gross of $313.6 million. That total puts Guardians over the total domestic gross of Iron Man 2. By next weekend, the Star Lord film should surpass the original Iron Man for the 3rd highest grossing Marvel Studio film. Guardians will be behind only Iron Man 3 and The Avengers in terms of domestic gross.

Next weekend sees the release of Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer and the stop-motion animated film The Boxtrolls. Expect Denzel to take the top spot for next weekend with Maze Runner right behind it.

Box Office Numbers: ‘No Good Deed’ tops; ‘Guardians’ passes $300 million

What do you mean The Wire isn't the best show ever?

What do you mean The Wire isn’t the best show ever?

The box office got some newcomers that debuted with modest numbers with Idris Elba on top. Elba’s newest film, No Good Deed earned $24.5 million while the Morgan Freeman sequel, Dolphin Tale 2 settled for 2nd. After two weeks of bad box office, the domestic box office finally got some good news in the form of the top 3. Not only did Deed and Dolphin earned solid debuts, the hit of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy earned $8.04 million which pushed the Marvel flick past the $300 million mark. Also positive news for Fox Searchlight came in the form of James Gandolfini’s last film The Drop as the gangster film earned $4.2 million with $5,192 theater average in 801 theatres, good enough for the 2nd best average in the top 5. Overall, it was pretty good weekend for the domestic box office.

The newcomers of the weekend were expected to be the number 1 and 2 films, but most projected Dolphin Tale 2 to top, since it was a family film. Instead, the thriller remake, No Good Deed was on top with a pretty good debut. The film was headlined by Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson had a similar opening to another Elba thriller, Obsessed which earned $28.6 million in 2009. Similar to Obsessed, the film was ripped apart by critics as Deed currently stands at 12% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film will likely earn around $60 million similar to Obsessed ‘s final total.

Does this mean another sequel?!

Does this mean another sequel?!

The other newcomer, Dolphin Tale 2 earned a decent opening with a $16.5 million. The family sequel was a bit below the opening of the original which earned $19.1 million. The dolphin movie finally gave family audiences something to see as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has dominated the family market since opening in August. The sequel also earned good reviews as it currently stands at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore. The sea flick will play well for the rest of the month and could earn $60 million at the end of its run.

The other major story of the weekend was the domestic box office’s first 2014 $300 million film. That movie? What would you expect other than the space gang in the Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel’s crew made history.  The film not only became the first Marvel Studio film to earn the number 1 spot in 5 weekend but the Groot flick earned $8.04 million which puts the film over the $300 million mark. The film has earned a total of $305.9 million which surpasses the final numbers of the more notable superhero flick Man of Steel and is ahead of Marvel’s own Iron Man at the same point.

One of the more smaller films released this weekend came in the form of The Drop, a gangster film featuring the late James Gandolfini and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The crime drama earned $4.2 million which was good enough for 6th place but the film earned a theater average of $5,192, the 2nd best of the top 10 films. The film debuted to 801 theaters and will be expanded to 1000 theaters next weekend. The film has plenty of Oscar Buzz and the film should create interest based on the involvement of Gandolfini who tragically passed away a year ago.


C’mon bro, keep it together! Only 1 week left!

Next weekend will see the debuts of a YA film, The Maze Runner, a star-studded comedy in the form of This is Where I Leave You, and Liam Neeson doing Liam Neeson things in A Walk Among the Tombstone. More than likely expect the YA film to top the box office with Liam Neeson and Jason Bateman & co to duke it out for the number 2 spot. I’ll just be over here waiting for Denzel’s next film, The Equalizer.

Images and Numbers via Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N No Good Deed (2014) SGem $24,500,000 - 2,175 - $11,264 $24,500,000 $13.2 1
2 N Dolphin Tale 2 WB $16,550,000 - 3,656 - $4,527 $16,550,000 $36 1
3 1 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $8,041,000 -22.4% 3,104 -117 $2,591 $305,926,000 $170 7
4 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $4,800,000 -26.2% 2,957 -316 $1,623 $181,041,000 $125 6
5 3 Let’s Be Cops Fox $4,300,000 -22.8% 2,755 -177 $1,561 $72,972,000 $17 5
6 N The Drop FoxS $4,200,000 - 809 - $5,192 $4,200,000 - 1
7 4 If I Stay WB $4,050,000 -27.1% 3,040 -117 $1,332 $44,937,000 $11 4
8 5 The November Man Rela. $2,750,000 -36.2% 2,702 -74 $1,018 $22,495,000 - 3
9 7 The Giver Wein. $2,626,000 -23.2% 2,253 -323 $1,166 $41,329,000 $25 5
10 9 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $2,461,000 -21.8% 1,943 -224 $1,267 $49,409,000 $22 6


Box Office Numbers: ‘Guardians’ three-peats on worst weekend of 2014


I am money…

As it was expected, Guardians of the Galaxy remained on top for a third weekend in a row. Marvel’s intergalactic hit has been on top of the box office 4 times since it debuted. The rest of the box office was bland and the newcomer, The Identical completely flopped this weekend and didn’t even place in the top 10. Overall, just a horrible weekend for the domestic box office in a year when everything is down.

Once again, (for a fourth weekend now) the Marvel kids reign supreme. Guardians of the Galaxy just did not stop as the space opera moved closer to $300 million mark with another weekend on top. The superhero filmed earned $10.1 million this weekend for a total $294.5 million. Starlord and company should pass $300 million by next weekend and a bit more afterwards. The Groot film is ahead of Iron Man and Man of Steel in terms of the same amount of days. Guardians has earned $294.5 million compared to Iron Man‘s $288.8 million and Man of Steel‘s $285 million. 


At least I still have this hair!

The newcomer of the weekend, The Identical was a giant flop, both critically and financially. The loosely based ‘Elvis’ film earned $1.9 million, good enough the 11th spot. The faith-based film didn’t have much of a marketing plan so the low earnings was expected. The film features actors such as Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green was mauled by critics with a 4% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film will likely be one of those kind of movies that builds a reputation for being so bad, it’s good.

The rest of the box office, more of the same with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earning $6.5 million, good enough for the 2nd spot. The turtles have now earned a total of $174.6 million on a $125 million budget. In the third and fourth spots, a close race between If I Stay and Let’s Be Cops saw the YA film on top. If I Stay was once again the number 3 film with $5.7 million for a total of $39.6 million. As for Let’s Be Cops, the buddy cop film earned $5.4 million, good enough for the number 4 spot. The Jake Johnson-Damon Wayne Jr. comedy has earned $66.5 million since opening.

You see that? That's called money over there since we're just a cash grab!

You see that? That’s called money over there since we’re just a cash grab!

Next weekend, Guardians will no longer hold the top spot as the Idris Elba film, No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 should take over the top 2 spots. More than likely expect Morgan Freeman’s family sequel to take the top spot for next weekend, ending the space opera’s dominant run. 

Images and chart via Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $10,160,000 -40.5% 3,221 -241 $3,154 $294,567,000 $170 6
2 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $6,500,000 -45.5% 3,273 -270 $1,986 $174,647,000 $125 5
3 3 If I Stay WB $5,750,000 -38.2% 3,157 +154 $1,821 $39,663,000 $11 3
4 5 Let’s Be Cops Fox $5,400,000 -34.9% 2,932 -78 $1,842 $66,598,000 $17 4
5 6 The November Man Rela. $4,200,000 -46.9% 2,776 - $1,513 $17,870,000 - 2
6 4 As Above/So Below Uni. $3,723,000 -56.9% 2,650 +10 $1,405 $15,576,000 - 2
7 7 When the Game Stands Tall TriS $3,700,000 -38.5% 2,766 +93 $1,338 $23,490,000 $15 3
8 8 The Giver Wein. $3,591,000 -31.7% 2,576 -229 $1,394 $37,835,000 $25 4
9 9 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $3,200,000 -33.4% 2,167 +249 $1,477 $45,669,000 $22 5
10 11 Lucy Uni. $1,950,000 -29.4% 1,171 -122 $1,665 $121,207,000 $40 7


A look back at Summer 2014

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With Labor Day weekend over, the 2014 movie season is officially ending and that is great news for Hollywood. Despite featuring a few great films, the box office was down as a whole this summer with major franchise films underperforming. Last year’s summer box office smashed a ton of records which was led by Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, Fast & Furious 6, Man of Steel, and Monster University. This summer, the only blockbuster to make a big dent was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The space opera featured a cast of unknown heroes and no major stars has become the number 1 film at the domestic box office.

As for the other blockbusters, franchise films Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, The Expendables 3 all underperformed compared to their predecessors. In the case of Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both films opened to $90+ million debuts but crashed hard and earned about a $200 million totals each. Internationally, both films made up for the domestic losses but it’s still a major disappointment. Below I will give you the list of most disappointing and surprising films of 2014’s summer movies.


Most disappointing Comedy

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Sex Tape
  • Blended
  • Tammy

Of the four films above, my vote goes to A Million Ways to Die in the West. It’s not the worst film in this list (that honor belongs to Sex Tape) but considering the fact Seth MacFarlane follows up Ted with this western makes the film worse. MacFarlane makes his live action acting debut and he leads a cast that includes Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribsi, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson. The film lacks any charm that made Ted go from a routine comedy to a memorable comedy. The jokes fall flat, the story is predictable and the film suffers from what plagues the newer episodes of Family Guy: Not knowing when to stop telling a mediocre joke. An all-around disappointing follow up to the stoner and talking bear film really.


Most disappointing Franchise film

  • Godzilla
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

Despite not being the worse film in this list, Godzilla was the most disappointing film I saw this summer. This main attributed to the horrid 2nd act that felt very dull and boring. The first and last act save the film from being one of the worst films of 2014. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is easily the star of the film for most of the film until the 2nd act begins. Aaron Taylor-Johnson then becomes the focal point of the film and it’s a huge mistake. Taylor-Johnson lacks the charisma of a leading man and the film becomes a snooze fest. Likely for the film, the titular character comes in at the end of the movie and saves it.


Worst film of the Summer

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Sex Tape
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Tammy
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Is this even a shock? Transformers: Age of Extinction is without a doubt the worst film of the summer. The 4th film in this giant clunker of a franchise reaches a new low which is saying something. This time, the film has a new human cast that includes Mark Wahlberg and despite the fact Wahlberg is an upgrade over Shia LaBoots LaBeouf, it doesn’t matter. The Michael Bay film is an incoherent, overlong, dull product placement of a movie. Featuring a 3rd act that doesn’t fit into the film’s “plot”, the film is just an unenjoyable dumb action movie for fans who like the giant robot fights.

EDGE OF TOMORROWMost pleasantly surprising film

  • 22 Jump Street
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Chef
  • The Purge: Anarchy

The list includes some of the better films of the summer here but Edge of Tomorrow shocked me because of how much I liked it. Tom Cruise stars as a soldier forced to go into battle and experiences a “Groundhog’s Day” trip. The film develops its characters well without feeling dull or slow and the films action sequences are awesome. Cruise returns to form here and Emily Blunt gives one of the more underrated performances of the summer. If the film didn’t have such a cop-out of an ending, then Edge of Tomorrow would be one of the best films of the year so far. Instead, it’s an awesome action blockbuster, featuring some great characters and an all-around good time movie experience.


  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 22 Jump Street
  • How to Train Your Dragon

This is a tough choice but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would have to be the choice here. With a more revamped action sequences to go along with a thoughtful and well developed plot, Apes goes beyond what the film needed to do. Exceeded the greatness of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves doesn’t cram a useless human-driven story with apes in the background. Instead, he gives viewers an emotional ride that makes audience members hard to root for either apes or humans.


Best Movie of the Summer

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Boyhood
  • Chef
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Coming into the summer, I would have said either X-Men: Days of Future Past or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would be my choice here. Instead, an under the radar indie that came out of nowhere changed all of that. The film I’m talking about is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a unique and very real look at the joys and hardships of growing up. The film took 12 years to make, due in part of the children in the film who were filmed from young ages (6, 8) to adulthood (18, 20). The acting is phenomenal and the film’s cinematography is gorgeous. Ethan Hawke is wonderful as Mason’s (Ellar Coltrane) father and gives one of the best performances of the year. This is easily going to be a major player when next year’s Oscars roll around.

Biggest Box Office Surprise: Guardians of the Galaxy

Is this even a shock? The summer’s biggest hit and most surprising as well. Coming into the year, nobody, outside of hardcore fans, knew who the “Guardians” were. But thanks to an effective marketing plan and great word of mouth, Guardians has soared to big heights that may end with $700 million total. Not bad for a group that includes a talking tree and raccoon.


Biggest Box Office Disappointment: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Despite the 9 year wait, box office analysis expected the Robert Rodriguez film to make at least some decent money. Projected to earn around $15 million on its opening weekend, Sin City crashed and bombed during its opening weekend. The sequel placed 8th (8TH!!) with $6 million in 3 days. Considering the budget of the film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is not only the biggest box office disappointment, but easily the biggest flop of the summer.

2014 DOMESTIC SUMMER BOX OFFICE CHART  (as of September 3, 2014)

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy- $282.5 million
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction- $244.4 million
  3. Maleficient- $238.7 million
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past- $233.4 million
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- $205.6 million
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2- $202.8 million
  7. Godzilla- $200.6 million
  8. 22 Jump Street- $190.6 million
  9. How to Train Your Dragon 2- $174.09 million
  10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- $167.1 million

Box Office Numbers: ‘Guardians’ lead weak Labor Day weekend

C'mon who'd you expect?

C’mon who’d you expect?


It goes to no one’s shock that the box office was pretty weak which have Marvel another shot to win the weekend. The box office hit of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t slow down a bit as the Star Lord film remained on top. The newcomers for the weekend were very ho-hum to say the least. The found footage horror film As Above So Below earned a mediocre opening that is comparable to the rest of 2014’s horror debuts. The other newcomer came in the form of Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man which was another so-so debut. Overall, the weekend was down from last year by 3%.

The summer box office has been very lousy this year and without Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn’t imagine how much worse it could get. Rocket and co earned $17 million over the 3 day weekend, down only 0.7% from last weekend. For the four day weekend, the Groot film earned $22.1 million. The space opera has now earned an incredible $280.4 million in 5 weeks. Disney’s superhero flick is now leading the original Iron Man by $3 million at the same point. It’s only behind Man of Steel by only$1 million at the same point With next weekend’s having no competition, it’s conceivable that Guardians will stay on top for a 3rd straight weekend. If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hadn’t over performed, it’s possible that Guardians of the Galaxy could have been the number 1 film for 5 straight weekends and possibly 6 if it does top the box office next weekend.

Still making that green! And not just because we're turtles either!

Still making that green! And not just because we’re turtles either!

Speaking of Ninja Turtles, the reboot had another good weekend as it stayed in the number 2 spot with a 3 day weekend of $11.9 million and a 4 day weekend of $15.7. That brings the film’s total domestic gross to $166.3 million. The film has held on very well since its outstanding opening weekend. The film will surpassed the more notable family film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 for the highest grossing family film of the summer. This was an inconceivable thought when the summer season started as most analysts predicted that Dragon would end up being one of the biggest, if not the biggest film of the summer.

As for the newcomers, both As Above So Below and The November Man had so-so debuts. The found footage flick was the number 2 film on Friday but fell to the number 4 spot for the 3 day weekend and the number 5 spot for the 4 day weekend. The horror flick earned $8.6 million for the 3 day weekend and $10.3 million during the holiday weekend. The film continued the downward tread of horror films for 2014 as only The Purge: Anarchy has been the only ‘horror’ film to make any sort of dent in the box office. Expect Annabelle in October to reverse that trend, at least for Hollywood stake they hope it does. As for Pierce Brosnan and co, The November Man earned $7.8 million and $10.2 million for its 3-day & 4-day weekend, respectively. The action film opened on Wednesday to lukewarm results as the film has earned $11.9 million since. It could be considered a win for Relativity since they bought the picture for about $3 million.

Damn, seriously no competition?

Damn, seriously no competition?

Next weekend sees the debut of The Identical, a film I haven’t seen one ad for yet. Apparently the film is about twin brothers seperated at birth and one is a rock star while the other is trying to please his father while balancing his love for music. The cast includes Ray Liotta, Seth Green, and Ashley Judd, yet it hasn’t gotten any buzz whatsoever. In fact, I wouldn’t have heard about the film if it wasn’t for Box Office Mojo’s schedule. In other words, expect Guardians to stay atop for three consecutive weekends in a row. Yay for Groot!

Number charts and images via Box Office Mojo

3-Day Weekend

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $17,077,000 -0.7% 3,462 +91 $4,933 $275,374,000 $170 5
2 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $11,902,000 -28.8% 3,543 -321 $3,359 $162,558,000 $125 4
3 3 If I Stay WB $9,300,000 -40.7% 3,003 +96 $3,097 $29,862,000 $11 2
4 N As Above/So Below Uni. $8,606,000 - 2,640 - $3,260 $8,606,000 - 1
5 4 Let’s Be Cops Fox $8,275,000 -23.5% 3,010 -130 $2,749 $57,397,000 $17 3
6 N The November Man Rela. $7,880,000 - 2,776 - $2,839 $9,580,000 - 1
7 5 When the Game Stands Tall TriS $6,000,000 -28.4% 2,673 - $2,245 $16,670,000 $15 2
8 7 The Giver Wein. $5,253,000 -18.4% 2,805 -198 $1,873 $31,526,000 $25 3
9 9 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $4,809,000 -9.9% 1,918 -26 $2,507 $39,604,000 $22 4
10 6 The Expendables 3 LGF $3,606,000 -44.4% 2,564 -657 $1,406 $33,245,000 - 3



4-Day Weekend

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $22,178,000 +28.9% 3,462 +91 $6,406 $280,475,000 $170 5
2 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Par. $15,700,000 -6.1% 3,543 -321 $4,431 $166,356,000 $125 4
3 3 If I Stay WB $11,600,000 -26.0% 3,003 +96 $3,863 $32,162,000 $11 2
4 4 Let’s Be Cops Fox $10,550,000 -2.4% 3,010 -130 $3,505 $59,672,000 $17 3
5 N As Above/So Below Uni. $10,322,000 - 2,640 - $3,910 $10,322,000 - 1
6 N The November Man Rela. $10,200,000 - 2,776 - $3,674 $11,900,000 - 1
7 5 When the Game Stands Tall TriS $8,000,000 -4.6% 2,673 - $2,993 $18,670,000 $15 2
8 7 The Giver Wein. $6,867,000 +6.7% 2,805 -198 $2,448 $33,140,000 $25 3
9 9 The Hundred-Foot Journey BV $6,328,000 +18.5% 1,918 -26 $3,299 $41,123,000 $22 4
10 6 The Expendables 3 LGF $4,550,000 -29.8% 2,564 -657 $1,775 $34,189,000 - 3


Box Office Numbers: ‘Guardians’ become kings of 2014 box office

Once again, the box office was lead by the film that continues to show its staying power as Guardians of the Galaxy ruled once more. The space opera has surpassed fellow Marvel film Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the title of top grossing 2014 domestic film. The film leads a weak ending to a bad summer at the box office. Groot and co. earned $3.8 million on Friday and looks to earn $14-$16 million over the 3 day weekend and $18-$21 million over the four day weekend. The Star Lord film has now earned $262.1 million and is now guaranteed to earn over $300 million and possibly as high as $325 million. The rest of the box office was as bland as could be. Of the two newcomers, As Above So Below made a bit of a dent on Friday. The found footage film earned $3.2 million on Friday for a weekend of $9 million and a 4 day weekend of $11 million. The other newcomer, The November Man was pretty mediocre as the film earned $2.2 on Friday for a total $3.8 million since opening Wednesday. The Pierce Brosnan film will likely earn a $8 million weekend gross and a four day weekend of $10 million.