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, Apr. 1 - Sun, Apr. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$37,543,710--3,579--$10,490$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$14,812,094--2,961--$5,002$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$13,271,464--2,408--$5,511$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,040,822-58%3,1692$3,168$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$9,307,896-38%2,83833$3,280$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$6,829,050-36%2,7070$2,523$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$6,020,403-68%3,0330$1,985$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$4,505,572-54%3,134-511$1,438$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$4,245,560-46%2,550-256$1,665$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$3,536,435-53%2,263-855$1,563$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$2,142,630-50%1,525-757$1,405$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$1,776,234-59%1,788-927$993$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$1,133,162-27%1,007-55$1,125$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,215,13225%18090$6,751$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$1,138,864145%149126$7,643$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$821,881-62%821-764$1,001$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$755,155-56%703-501$1,074$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$632,813-58%597-519$1,060$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$429,732-72%735-629$585$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$346,864-85%701-1469$495$20,370,6104Disney
8Tangled$336,339-39%276-25$1,219$199,084,02819Disney
9True Grit (2010)$294,28562%324119$908$170,422,23915Paramount
10Unknown (2011)$228,488-65%325-363$703$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
11Cedar Rapids$208,923-49%210-132$995$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$200,244-51%250-156$801$37,271,5477Fox
13I Am Number Four$200,232-60%270-242$742$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
14Yogi Bear$174,857-46%265-61$660$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
15The Green Hornet$152,527-31%211-35$723$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
16Black Swan$105,270-43%162-45$650$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
17Barney's Version$92,540-49%112-43$826$7,236,71212Sony Pictures Classics
18No Strings Attached$81,406-40%145-68$561$70,625,98611Paramount
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$55,367-74%113-176$490$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$219,018-34%98-22$2,235$2,466,6746Sony Pictures Classics
2Certified Copy$146,208-24%557$2,658$704,0114IFC Films
3Hubble 3D$133,008-14%45-2$2,956$23,720,25055Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$112,386-27%5615$2,007$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
5Potiche$112,22130%2417$4,676$235,1162Music Box Films
6The Last Godfather$101,779--58--$1,755$101,7991Roadside Attractions
7Game$83,783--63--$1,330$83,7831Eros International
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$83,1163%140$5,937$1,996,446473D Entertainment
9Miral$73,04410%1511$4,870$163,1612Weinstein Company
10Bill Cunningham New York$68,7125%1512$4,581$267,3503Zeitgeist Films
11Trust (2011)$58,214--28--$2,079$58,2141Millennium Entertainment
12Under the Sea 3D$56,173-33%220$2,553$27,936,203112Warner Bros. / IMAX
13TRON: Legacy$55,972-21%63-16$888$171,989,90916Disney
14The Salvation Poem$46,7499%3019$1,558$699,41325CanZion Films
15Super$46,549--11--$4,232$46,5491IFC Films
16The Grace Card$45,209-55%61-53$741$2,377,5706IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Biutiful$43,264-41%58-8$746$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,781-37%66-19$557$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
19I Am (2011)$34,295-29%13-2$2,638$306,4627Paladin
20In a Better World$33,058--4--$8,265$33,0581Sony Pictures Classics
21The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$31,353-40%60-12$523$104,350,36317Fox
22The Company Men$30,220-30%45-3$672$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
23The Music Never Stopped$29,534-39%28-5$1,055$197,1013Roadside Attractions
24Queen to Play$28,092--6--$4,682$28,0921Zeitgeist Films
25The Rite$25,741-66%72-83$358$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
26Space Station 3D$23,218-2%20$11,609$83,221,141468IMAX
27The Eagle$22,508-51%57-40$395$19,478,3848Focus
28The Last Lions$22,138-57%36-8$615$573,2837National Geographic
29The Illusionist (2010)$21,885-40%32-17$684$2,166,98015Sony Pictures Classics
30Blue Valentine (2010)$18,871-41%39-5$484$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
31Winter in Wartime$18,751-28%102$1,875$78,8753Sony Pictures Classics
32Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$17,120-47%17-7$1,007$477,2137Vitagraph
33Another Year$16,766-43%24-12$699$3,162,06514Sony Pictures Classics
34Rubber$16,346--5--$3,269$16,3461Magnolia / Magnet
35The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$16,192--1--$16,192$20,9141Lorber Films
36The Mechanic$15,791-67%43-57$367$29,113,58810CBS Films
37Drive Angry$15,254-45%22-50$693$10,590,7486Summit
38happythankyoumoreplease$14,482-31%12-4$1,207$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
39Take Me Home Tonight$14,139-68%52-37$272$6,851,9375Relativity Media
40My Perestroika$13,498-24%10$13,498$49,9712International Film Circuit
41Gulliver's Travels (2010)$13,243-24%26-8$509$42,756,58815Fox
42Rabbit Hole$12,13217%6132$199$2,221,80916Lionsgate
43Poetry$10,555-50%12-1$880$233,4418Kino International
44The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,550--4--$2,388$826,58035National Geographic
45Inside Job$8,491-52%18-4$472$4,283,26526Sony Pictures Classics
46Desert Flower$8,295-22%82$1,037$35,5543National Geographic
47I Saw the Devil$8,006-49%153$534$112,1735Magnolia / Magnet
48I Love You Phillip Morris$7,932-24%123$661$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
49127 Hours$7,837-3%180$435$18,317,29922Fox Searchlight
50Nostalgia for the Light$6,368-31%31$2,123$58,2293Icarus Films
51Cold Weather$6,235-11%100$624$128,3599IFC Films
52Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,162-42%11-1$560$208,47313First Run Features
53Casino Jack$5,650-27%102$565$1,039,86916IDP/ATO Pictures
54Circo$5,403--1--$5,403$5,4031First Run Features
55Orgasm Inc.$4,866-11%31$1,622$40,8548First Run Features
56Carancho$4,805-29%41$1,201$59,4448Strand Releasing
57Made in Dagenham$4,083-57%5-7$817$1,091,90120Sony Pictures Classics
58Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$3,563666%10$3,563$45,15421Film Desk
59Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,260-76%51$652$125,9365Strand Releasing
60Heartbeats$3,0583%96$340$52,7926IFC Films
61Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,032-75%3-3$1,011$84,09129Collective Eye
62All Good Things$2,871-30%3-3$957$578,38218Magnolia Pictures
63Galapagos$2,794-41%20$1,397$17,938,111597IMAX
64Kaboom$2,428-63%10-2$243$114,54610IFC Films
65Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,421527%42$605$194,58610Variance Films
66Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$2,101-58%4-8$525$1,348,2078Shorts International
67Wrecked$2,054--1--$2,054$2,0541IFC Films
68Black Death$1,688-22%2-1$844$19,8934Magnolia / Magnet
69Into Eternity$1,529-18%2-1$765$25,7369International Film Circuit
70My Dog Tulip$1,427-7%2-1$714$232,97531New Yorker Films
71Putty Hill$1,416-22%10$1,416$39,7627Cinema Guild
72The Human Resources Manager$1,151-81%2-3$576$49,3475Film Movement
73Cracks$1,085213%32$362$17,5953IFC Films
74Public Speaking$1,008--1--$1,008$42,3716Rialto
75Monogamy$846-78%3-1$282$20,2024Oscilloscope
76The Woodmans$772841%21$386$34,87511Lorber Films
77The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$725-87%2-8$363$47,3833China Lion Film
78Enemies of the People$59622%10$596$73,17136International Film Circuit
79Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$580-80%1-1$580$18,9094Indican Pictures
80Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$573--1--$573$68,09423Variance Films
81The Trouble with Terkel$500100%10$500$34,18854Indican
82Korkoro$352-71%10$352$2,3982Lorber Films
83Winter's Bone$31355%32$104$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions
84The Strange Case of Angelica$245-75%10$245$42,53914Cinema Guild