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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
14All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
15No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
16Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
17Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
18The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
19The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
20Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
21Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
23The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
24Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
25What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
26Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
27My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
28Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
29Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
30Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
31Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
33The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
34The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
36White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
37Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
38Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
39Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
40Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
42The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
43Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
44The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
45Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
46Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
48Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
49Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
51Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
52Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
53Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
56Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
57You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
58The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
59Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
60Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
61Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
62Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
63Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
64Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
66To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement