Grosses

'The Equalizer' Impresses with $34.1M Start; 'The Maze Runner' Holds Up Well with $17.4M; 'The Boxtrolls' Debuts in Third with Very Solid $17.3MSeptember 29, 2014 01:07 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer debuted in first place this weekend with a strong start of $34.14 million. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington debuted towards the higher end of pre-release expectations, which were lofty, especially for the month of September. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Equalizer delivered the fourth largest opening weekend ever for the month of September (behind only 2012's Hotel Transylvania, 2013's Insidious Chapter 2 and 2002's Sweet Home Alabama). The film's debut represented the third largest opening weekend performance ever for Washington (behind only 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House). The Equalizer opened 4 percent stronger than the $32.79 million start of 2010's The Book of Eli and 15 percent below the $40.17 million start of Safe House.

The Equalizer opened with $12.49 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.5 million from Thursday night shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $13.49 million and declined 40 percent on Sunday to take in $8.15 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.73 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed slightly towards male moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (65 percent). The Equalizer received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is an encouraging sign for the film going forward.

The Maze Runner placed in second with $17.44 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox held up relatively well this weekend, as it was down 46 percent from last weekend's strong start. The Maze Runner has grossed $57.96 million in ten days and continues to display strong early holding power for a young adult adaptation. Thanks in part to a significantly stronger second weekend hold, The Maze Runner is now running 32 percent ahead of the $44.01 million ten-day take of last year's Ender's Game and is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls was off to a very solid third place start this weekend with $17.28 million. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika debuted a bit above pre-release expectations. Compared to previous films from Focus and Laika, The Boxtrolls opened 23 percent ahead of the $14.09 million start of 2012's ParaNorman and a slim 3 percent ahead of the $16.85 million start of 2009's Coraline. ParaNorman and Coraline both displayed terrific holding power and going forward The Boxtrolls will hope to accomplish the same.

The Boxtrolls opened with $4.93 million on Friday, increased a strong 51 percent on Saturday to gross $7.46 million and declined 34.5 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.51 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewered towards female moviegoers (57 percent). The Boxtrolls received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in fourth with $6.89 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey held up well this weekend, as it was down 40 percent from last weekend's so-so start. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $22.44 million in ten days. That places the film 13.5 percent behind the $25.94 million ten-day start of 2011's The Change-Up (which fell 53 percent in its second weekend to gross $6.31 million).

Fellow Warner Bros. release Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $4.79 million. The family film sequel was down 46 percent from last weekend, as the film appears to have taken a bit of a hit from The Boxtrolls arriving in the marketplace. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $33.62 million in 17 days. The film is currently running 31 percent behind the $49.04 million 17-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale and is displaying significantly softer holding power.

No Good Deed followed in sixth with $4.51 million. Sony's low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 54 percent. No Good Deed continues to be very front-loaded, but has still grossed a healthy $46.53 million in 17 days.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones was down five spots and a massive 67 percent from last weekend with a seventh place take of $4.19 million. Lackluster word of mouth and the new direct competition from The Equalizer both had a clear negative effect on the Liam Neeson led action thriller this weekend. A Walk Among the Tombstones is now running below expectations with a ten-day start of $20.83 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 28 percent to place in eighth with $3.77 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $318.41 million final unadjusted gross of 2008's Iron Man. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a massive $319.17 million through 59 days of release.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 10 - Sun, Dec. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$24,005,069--3,555--$6,752$24,005,0691Fox
2The Tourist$16,472,458--2,756--$5,977$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$14,331,687-34%3,565-38$4,020$115,395,5603Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,484,316-50%3,577-548$2,372$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$3,705,966-38%2,967-185$1,249$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$3,166,613-48%2,876-161$1,101$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Love and Other Drugs$2,981,509-47%2,240-218$1,331$27,629,9363Fox
8Due Date$2,581,147-38%1,990-460$1,297$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
9Megamind$2,526,824-49%2,425-748$1,042$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$1,731,840-56%2,106-364$822$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$1,025,033-60%1,426-810$719$20,300,9794Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$975,541-68%1,6220$601$4,952,3472Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$503,249-70%1,004-1259$501$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,008,858-38%416-17$2,425$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$555,618-43%4360$1,274$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$431,047-43%564-215$764$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$285,193-29%227-33$1,256$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$191,320-12%258-22$742$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$158,223-26%288-34$549$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$155,719-36%169-7$921$4,674,2517Music Box
8For Colored Girls$152,145-66%243-242$626$37,533,4216Lionsgate
9Skyline$150,960-65%277-301$545$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
10The Town$130,103-36%255-63$510$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$129,604-50%263-139$493$58,182,05010Disney
12Inside Job$124,926-36%116-11$1,077$3,137,24310Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$100,048-28%203-26$493$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$58,306-43%120-88$486$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
15Inception$49,996-26%108-9$463$292,462,23322Warner Bros.
16You Again$47,505-34%129-41$368$25,677,80112Disney
17Paranormal Activity 2$45,310-55%125-75$362$84,334,0598Paramount
18Jackass 3D$45,124-59%108-72$418$116,832,2729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,305,368129%9072$36,726$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$591,81882%1913$31,148$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$300,010--4--$75,003$300,0101Paramount
4No Problem$242,116--84--$2,882$242,1161Eros
5I Love You Phillip Morris$153,12236%3529$4,375$304,2452Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$117,06645%150$7,804$333,3046Warner Bros.
7Hubble 3D$96,984-13%574$1,701$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
8All Good Things$62,45268%2018$3,123$113,8932Magnolia Pictures
9The Tempest$42,436--5--$8,487$42,4361Disney
10Tiny Furniture$39,24926%216$1,869$191,4055IFC
11Tamara Drewe$36,481-2%5912$618$474,49910Sony Pictures Classics
12Conviction$34,140-50%75-32$455$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
13Hereafter$31,444-37%87-27$361$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
14Today's Special$26,117-48%271$967$317,8314Alerion
15Under the Sea 3D$25,481-1%11-2$2,316$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$24,739167%76$3,534$38,6752Oscilloscope
17Made in Dagenham$21,256-43%154$1,417$217,8264Sony Pictures Classics
18Waiting for 'Superman'$20,648-49%55-30$375$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
19You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$19,699-27%6448$308$3,186,03012Sony Pictures Classics
20White Material$16,336-53%13-1$1,257$195,9084IFC
21Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$15,019-14%10-1$1,502$272,0429Zeitgeist Films
22Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$13,974-36%38-21$368$52,462,22412Fox
23Four Lions$13,7095%134$1,055$202,8026Drafthouse Films
24Guzaarish$13,488-77%22-36$613$1,017,3354UTV
25Hemingway's Garden of Eden$12,404--14--$886$12,4041Roadside Attractions
26The Nutcracker in 3D$11,645-81%37-78$315$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
27Space Station 3D$11,585-5%2-1$5,793$82,457,866452IMAX
28Night Catches Us$11,158-18%95$1,240$29,2822Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$10,552-18%103$1,055$236,62413First Run
30Howl$9,848-36%80$1,231$558,19012Oscilloscope
31Never Let Me Go$8,864--19--$467$2,412,04513Fox Searchlight
32Stone$8,558-32%19-3$450$177,27510Relativity / Overture
33Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,404-5%146$600$154,1986Magnolia
34Wild Target$7,852-34%10-3$785$117,1907Freestyle
35Frankie & Alice (2010)$7,768--1--$7,768$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
36And Everything is Going Fine$7,035--1--$7,035$7,0351IFC
37Inspector Bellamy$6,955378%42$1,739$101,1787IFC Films
38Heartbreaker$6,865167%6-1$1,144$504,03014IFC
39The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$6,73039%4-1$1,683$679,84119National Geographic
40Last Train Home$6,70724%62$1,118$282,09215Zeitgeist Films
41The Salvation Poem$6,424-76%108$642$481,7919CanZion Films
42Marwencol$5,601-34%61$934$58,63110Cinema Guild
43Leaving$5,546-58%11-2$504$169,48611IFC
44The Legend of Pale Male$5,445403%43$1,361$25,9703Balcony
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,125-25%30$1,708$23,461,685167National Geographic
46Jack Goes Boating$5,037176%4233$120$538,80813Relativity / Overture
47Enter the Void$4,822-43%10-3$482$322,82712IFC Films
48Monsters (2010)$4,568-41%11-4$415$229,1927Magnolia
49Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$3,31767%53$663$50,0537Variance Films
50Waste Land$3,298-65%3-2$1,099$96,5977Arthouse Films
51My Dog Tulip$3,148147%32$1,049$139,92315New Yorker Films
52Bhutto$3,021-63%20$1,511$14,2692First Run Features
53Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$2,994--2--$1,497$22,1012Argot Pictures
54Shoah$2,874--1--$2,874$2,8741IFC
55Winter's Bone$2,70827%31$903$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
56Get Low$2,683-28%10-1$268$9,102,91320Sony Pictures Classics
57The Little Traitor$2,55174%10$2,551$382,25853Westchester Films
58Budrus$2,459-43%32$820$57,64710Balcony Releasing
59You Wont Miss Me$2,240--1--$2,240$2,2401Reel Diva Consultants
60Feed the Fish$1,813--4--$453$78,5664Strand
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,72628%31$575$261,18815Music Box
62Undertow (2009)$1,717-72%1-2$1,717$52,05813Wolfe Releasing
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,565-82%2-1$783$362,17629Rialto
64A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,315236%31$438$189,50315Sony Pictures Classics
65Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,245-66%20$623$14,4556Variance Films
66Carlos$1,192-66%31$397$124,6489IFC
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,18741%3-1$396$7,634,47423Music Box
68What If...$1,076-83%4-3$269$767,02417Five & Two Pictures
69Cool It$1,029-31%10-5$103$61,9675Roadside Attractions
70Mademoiselle Chambon$1,01318%2-1$507$526,79529Lorber
71The Kids Grow Up$947802%10$947$11,6547Shadow Distribution
72Mesrine: Killer Instinct$928-75%30$309$531,97216Music Box
73The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$538-47%1-3$538$10,091,05439Music Box
74William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$476-75%1-1$476$28,0084Oscilloscope
75Everyone Else$410--2--$205$101,34378Cinema Guild
76Lebanon$2600%10$260$366,95761Sony Pictures Classics
77Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$207-89%1-1$207$73,19525Kino International
78Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$194-93%1-2$194$156,42514Lorber