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NORTH AMERICA: 'The Maze Runner' Runs Past the $40M Mark After Strong Thursday Hold on September 26, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.98 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was up a healthy 12 percent over Wednesday. It should be noted that family films and films that appeal to family audiences experienced strong holds in general on Thursday due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The Maze Runner was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $40.52 million. That was 20 percent stronger than the $33.75 million seven-day take of last year's Ender's GameThe Maze Runner has also displayed relatively strong holding power throughout the week.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You grossed $0.98 million to remain in second. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey increased 4 percent over Wednesday's performance. This Is Where I Leave You took third place for the week with a seven-day start of $15.55 million. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the $19.53 million seven-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Dolphin Tale 2 was up three spots and a terrific 150 percent from Wednesday with a third place take of $0.87 million. Thanks to Rosh Hashanah, the family sequel experienced the day's best daily percentage hold by a sizable margin. Dolphin Tale 2 placed in fifth for the week with $10.77 million. That represented a 40 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a respectable $28.83 million.

On the other hand, Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones was down one spot and a sharp 18 percent from Wednesday with a fourth place gross of $0.75 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson appears to have taken a clear hit from the late night launch of Sony's The Equalizer on Thursday night. A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $16.64 million. That is below expectations and places the film a lackluster 34 percent behind the $25.26 million seven-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Sony's No Good Deed was down one spot and a slim 3 percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.51 million. After a stronger than expected opening week performance, the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down a sharp 59.5 percent to place in fourth for the week with $12.12 million. Despite the decline this week, No Good Deed is still performing well with a two-week take of $42.02 million.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy followed closely behind in sixth with $0.48 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was up 25 percent over Wednesday. The film placed in sixth for the week with $6.91 million. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a massive $315.40 million through eight weeks of release, which leaves the film just $3.01 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

Fandango: 'The Equalizer' Outpacing Advance Sales of '2 Guns' & 'Olympus Has Fallen' on September 25, 2014

equalizer.pngLOS ANGELES - September 24, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, Denzel Washington's action-drama "The Equalizer" is #1 on this week's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 84 out of 100 points, and is delivering explosive weekend ticket sales. "The Equalizer" is outpacing advance ticket sales for Washington's previous hits, "2 Guns" and "Safe House," and director Antoine Fuqua's last movie, "Olympus Has Fallen," at the same point in those films' sales cycles.

According to an online survey of more than 1,000 "Equalizer" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
*93% said they are Denzel Washington fans;
*85% have seen "Training Day," the last collaboration between Denzel and director Antoine Fuqua;
*79% are already excited to see a sequel to "The Equalizer";
*57% are fans of Fuqua's "Olympus Has Fallen."

"Denzel Washington's fans should come out in full force this weekend for his latest first-rate film," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "while ‘The Boxtrolls' will delight families who are seeking a darkly comic adventure."

To celebrate the release of "The Equalizer," Fandango MovieClips has launched "The Ultimate Denzel Washington Mash-Up," featuring classic scenes from the Oscar winner's diverse body of work, from "Training Day," "Flight," "The Hurricane," "Malcolm X," "American Gangster" and many more. The memorable montage can be found at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/theultimatedenzelwashingtonmashup-trailer/159274?autoplay=true&mpxId=2528456154.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

NORTH AMERICA: 'The Maze Runner' Remains Strong on Tuesday with $2.39M on September 24, 2014

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By Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $2.39 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was up an encouraging 28 percent over Monday's performance. The Maze Runner has grossed $36.77 million in five days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $30.99 million five-day start of last year's Ender's Game.

A Walk Among the Tombstones held steady in second place with $1.26 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was up 31 percent over Monday. A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a five-day start of $14.98 million. That places the film 34 percent behind the $22.74 million five-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You grossed $1.21 million to remain in third. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey increased an impressive 40 percent over Monday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $13.63 million in five days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the $17.04 million five-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Sony's No Good Deed took in $0.69 million to continue to claim fourth. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was up a modest 17 percent over Monday and down a sharp 62 percent from last Tuesday. While it is proving to be quite front-loaded, No Good Deed is still performing well with a twelve-day take of $40.98 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.45 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film was up 23 percent from Monday and down 43 percent from last Tuesday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.54 million in 54 days and is now just $3.87 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

'Equalizer' Closes The Gap on September 24, 2014

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By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: The Equalizer had a 15% increase in tweets on Tuesday as it rose to 3,081, up from 2,659 the day before. Facebook had a ~1% bump to 275,231 likes from 272,579 Monday. By comparison A Walk Among The Tombstones which had 2,366 tweets and 278,342 likes its Tuesday before release, and 2 Guns which had 4,089 tweets and 209,086 likes. Despite the increases it really isn't jumping off the page at me and might end up being more like 2 Guns ($27 million opening) than Safe House ($40 million opening). Not to say that either of these figures would be a failure as Denzel films simply never fail but considering that Sony reportedly was talking sequel for it even before it was released I'm surprised that it isn't generating more interest online. That being said today it has seen a huge uptick so far on Twitter and if it can turn a 5 or 6k tweet day in today I would be much more comfortable in a $30 million+ opening forecast which is where I thought it would have been coming into the week.

The Boxtrolls dipped 15% on Tuesday, finishing up with 3,899, down from 4,636 tweets the day before. By comparison, Mr. Peabody And Sherman had 4,950 tweets its Tuesday before release while Frankenweenie had 2,122 tweets. Its Facebook number remained pretty flat with 217,799 and a sub 1% increase. So far today it is also dipping again and Equalizer has zoomed passed it for the first time this week (it is triple the number). The expansion or lack thereof for the film this week is troubling as today it will be lucky to have only a 15% fall if its current trajectory continues. The declines, and low Facebook numbers seem to add up to an underwhelming weekend tally.

Twitter Top 15 Movies for Tuesday September 23rd

Rk Film Mon Tue Week Mon-Tue %
1 (+2) If I Stay 11,919 14,093 26,012 18.24%
2 (-1) Beyond the Lights 25,043 11,468 36,511 -54.21%
3 (+1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 11,901 11,072 22,973 -6.97%
4 (-2) The Maze Runner 17,027 11,001 28,028 -35.39%
5 (-) Annabelle 9,508 9,661 19,169 1.61%
6 (-) The Judge 6,706 8,429 15,135 25.69%
7 (-) Guardians of the Galaxy 4,989 5,276 10,265 5.75%
8 (+16) The Best of Me 1,334 4,653 5,987 248.80%
9 (-) Gone Girl 4,217 4,558 8,775 8.09%
10 (-2) The Boxtrolls 4,636 3,899 8,535 -15.90%
11 (-1) The Equalizer 2,659 3,081 5,740 15.87%
12 (+3) A Walk Among the Tombstones 1,788 3,060 4,848 71.14%
13 (-2) Ouija 2,229 3,037 5,266 36.25%
14 (+3) Kingsman: The Secret Service 1,626 2,813 4,439 73.00%
15 (+31) Taken 3 353 2,546 2,899 621.25%

Please check the methodology page for information about our Twitter project or here for historic data.


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