Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 31st, 2014

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novmeber man pierce brosnan olga kurylenko Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 31st, 2014

Marvel reigns supreme (again) over the weekend and the year, but the new releases continue to struggle at the box office.

In at number 1 is Guardians of the Galaxy with $16.3 million. After sitting behind TMNT for two straight weeks, it appears the staying power of Marvel has pushed Guardians back into the driver seat.

Now at $274 million domestic ($574M worldwide), Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest-grossing domestic release of the year and could hold that title depending on how Hunger Games and The Hobbit do later this year. Either way, Guardians should end up no worse than the third highest-grossing movie of the year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the number 2 movie with $11.7 million. Although it was neck and neck between Turtles and Guardians, it appears the Michael Bay-produced reboot is losing steam. Even so, the film has amassed $162 million domestic and $274 million worldwide.

Edwin Hodge in As Above So Below Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 31st, 2014

The number 3 film this weekend is If I Stay with $9.2 million. If I Stay held pretty well from last week, and has grossed $29 million so far. That’s not a great sum, but is decent all things considered.

Coming in at number 4 is As Above/So Below (read our review) with $8.3 million. The small budget horror flick squeaked into the top 5, but didn’t make as big of an impression as Universal hoped. Horror has been struggling this year, and As Above/So Below clearly wasn’t going to be the one to turn things around.

Rounding out the top 5 is Let’s Be Cops with $8.2 million. With no competition to speak of, Damon Wayans Jr.’s R-Rated comedy is holding well. So far, the film has grossed $57 million.

In at number 6 is The November Man (read our review) with $7.6 million, which is slightly below the average Labor Day adult release. Clearly, Pierce Brosnan’s return to the action genre was not a major draw for moviegoers, and we would be surprised if this film stuck around for more than another week. After releasing this past Wednesday, The November Man is up to $9 million total.

When the Game Stands Tall is the number 7 film this weekend with $5.6 million. The “based on a true story” sports film held okay from last weekend, but didn’t break the bank either. The film has grossed $16 million after two weeks.

The Giver Movie Cameron Monaghan Asher Odeya Rush Fiona Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: August 31st, 2014

Coming in at number 8 is The Giver with $5.2 million. The adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel has tallied a paltry $31 million after three weeks.

The number 9 film his weekend is The Hundred-Foot Journey with $4.6 million. Helen Mirren’s latest continues to hold very well – most likely because the film leans a little older – and is now up to $33 million.

Rounding out the top 10 is The Expendables 3 with $3.5 million. Not much to say here, as the film continues to struggle. So far, The Expendables 3 has only made $33 million domestic, but it has grossed $83 million worldwide.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Tuesday, September 2nd - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Well on the off chance the Fantastic Four reboot found footage rumors turn out to be true Marvel would definitely be getting the rights back.

    • +1

  2. Any chance they’ll cancel the TMNT sequel?

  3. Damn, Guardians is killing it.

  4. Hollywood, just face it. Found footage is dead. I went to see into the storm a few weeks ago with my family.
    The found footage look of the movie was so damn annoying. No way did those cameras survive.
    So please, JUST STOP.

    • +1

      • Well at least someone knows where I’m getting at.

    • Dead? Didn’t know it was alive; never did like it. Maybe it resusitated like a zombie, half-formed and slow-moving? Just hope it does not eat your attention span alive! “Dork of the Dead” indeed! Give me real movies, not “Found Fartage”.

      • Nope, found footage as a genre has been alive and kicking since 1980 and has produced great films like Cannibal Holocaust, The McPherson Tapes, [REC] and its first sequel, Cloverfield, Chronicle and Grave Encounters. Plus the succubus segment of V/H/S and Safe Haven from V/H/S 2 if you don’t want to count full movies.

        • Oh and The Borderlands.

  5. I finally will be able to check out Guardians this week. Work schedule has been hectic and I like to just hit the bargain Tuesday showings at my local theater.

  6. I’ll give Guardians and November Man a watch.

    • To Goldi : save your money on ‘November Man’ . Better to wait for it on cable.

  7. I love hove every major geek site is making Guardians look like some mega box office success when a) Transformers made twice their money and b) in the article on variety I saw that this is the weakest box office summer in the last 8 years.

    • Avengers came out within the last 8 years, your comment is flawed.

      How many people knew of the Guardians I before trailers? It made money and was a SOLID movie.

      • He says this summer is the weakest of the last 8. He didn’t say the last 8 were all bad. He’s speaking about this year being the weakest, I don’t see how Avengers comes into play?

    • boondocksaint–> First of all just cause guardians hasn’t beat transformer worldwide doesn’t mean it isn’t a “mega box office success” guardians has already made over 500m and should make minimum 600-700.For a unknown property on a bunch of obscure comic book characters that’s incredible.. transformer has been going on for years now and every film has made around 1bn, so it isn’t that amazing when it does, second of all guardians of the galaxy was also an amazing film compared to transformers thats why there’s so much rave about it on geek sites like this. Rotten tomatoes–(92%), compared to transformers which i think is like 20%?

    • Of course Transformers “MADE” money, but total global Box Office doesn’t count as much since the studio doesn’t make as much money overseas due to profit sharing contracts. For instance in China, movies only return 40% of BO to the studio. So yes it made money – but the Domestic Box office makes far more.

  8. Wow, Sin City is already out of the top 10 in its second week. Definitely the biggest bomb of 2014.

  9. really SR, mockingjay will pretty obviously hit at least $400m domestic, guardians has no shot at that…hobbit almost def will be over $300m since its the final 1 and has the epic battles to come

  10. I saw If I Stay last night and it was a notch or two better than I expected. Largely due to Chloe Moretz performance.

    Of course she normally plays the edgy character so this was against type for her but she nailed it.

    I think if I had to liken her to any other actress it would be Angelina Jolie. She can be edgy, is a good actress with lots of presence on screen and her looks are not going to hurt her career.