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 Game. The 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.
LOS 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.
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.
Jeff Daniels Scheduled to Attend Fundraiser for Variety - The Children's Charity
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that Jeff Daniels is scheduled to attend an exclusive benefit screening for Universal Pictures' upcoming film, "Dumb and Dumber To." Regal Cinemas Pinnacle 18 IMAX & RPX in Knoxville, TN, will host the event on November 5, with proceeds benefiting Variety - The Children's Charity of Eastern Tennessee.
"Regal is honored to host Jeff Daniels at this benefit screening to raise money for Variety's special needs children. Throughout his career, Jeff has attained success in theatre, film and television and we are excited to bring him to East Tennessee," stated Greg Dunn, president and chief operating officer of Regal Entertainment Group. "We extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends at Universal Pictures for making this screening possible and helping raise funds for Variety - The Children's Charity."
Variety - The Children's Charity is a multi-million dollar philanthropic organization that spans the globe with 43 chapters in 13 countries, improving the lives of children through creative fundraising efforts, well-placed donations with exceptional children's charities, and through its own charitable programs. With the help of volunteers and sponsors, Variety - The Children's Charity continues its mission to provide lifesaving and life-enriching assistance to children in need on the local and international level. The local chapter of Variety was founded in Knoxville by Regal Cinemas in 2001 and since then has generated more than $7 million to assist children in East Tennessee.
"The original film was released 20 years ago and developed a huge cult following in the subsequent years with its great quotes and memorable moments," said Ted Cooper, senior vice president of film at Regal Entertainment Group and president of the East Tennessee Variety chapter. "With the success of the first movie, we know there is an enormous fan base that has been waiting to see Lloyd and Harry return to the big screen."
Beginning Wednesday, October 15, a limited number of tickets will be available for sale to the public at the Pinnacle theatre in Knoxville. Each ticket will cost $50 with proceeds benefiting Variety. Guests of the event will enjoy a catered reception in the Pinnacle lobby before Daniels walks the red carpet to greet the crowd. After the red carpet reception, attendees will have the honor of being some of the first moviegoers to view the new comedy.
In "Dumb and Dumber To," Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit from 1994. The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. "Dumb and Dumber To" will be released in theatres on November 14.
About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,347 screens in 573 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of August 28, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.