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, May. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$90,151,958--4,155--$21,697$90,151,9581Disney
2Bridesmaids$20,882,070-20%2,93719$7,110$59,341,3192Universal
3Thor$15,455,304-55%3,924-39$3,939$145,361,4593Paramount
4Fast Five$10,576,865-48%3,622-171$2,920$186,165,4504Universal
5Priest (2011)$4,750,041-68%2,8640$1,659$23,833,1692Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$4,687,714-43%2,593-336$1,808$131,684,3656Fox
7Jumping the Broom$3,703,010-48%1,472-563$2,516$31,320,5623Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$3,516,387-49%2,606-298$1,349$31,519,4523Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$2,179,046-48%1,894-531$1,150$52,456,6205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$956,589-57%912-537$1,049$51,723,5795Lionsgate
2Soul Surfer$930,008-49%984-484$945$40,610,6787Sony / TriStar
3Tangled$910,50214236%191182$4,767$200,627,30126Disney
4Everything Must Go$529,037-33%24527$2,159$1,628,6572Roadside Attractions
5Prom$504,155-46%374-827$1,348$9,678,8814Disney
6Insidious$474,247-51%501-261$947$52,432,6258FilmDistrict
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$415,310-12%10624$3,918$1,973,2394IFC Films
8Source Code$412,336-51%377-249$1,094$52,956,1708Summit
9Rango$395,08553%30286$1,308$121,211,94812Paramount
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$371,335-68%642-634$578$9,199,0214Weinstein Company
11Limitless$341,468-5%35759$956$78,069,21210Relativity Media
12Hanna$304,313-38%279-146$1,091$39,167,1837Focus
13Win Win$276,082-32%202-46$1,367$9,350,90210Fox Searchlight
14African Cats$260,855-61%378-253$690$14,577,3055Disneynature
15HOP$256,670-36%354-105$725$107,191,6758Universal
16The Lincoln Lawyer$253,464-36%258-87$982$56,508,43010Lionsgate
17The Conspirator$243,247-48%269-101$904$10,909,5336Roadside Attractions
18Jane Eyre (2011)$215,031-36%208-40$1,034$10,370,86011Focus
19The Beaver$188,08117%16863$1,120$579,7243Summit
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$185,261-36%253-58$732$51,887,6959Fox
21Arthur (2011)$131,220-45%237-107$554$32,800,8407Warner Bros.
22Gnomeo and Juliet$124,871-31%158-36$790$99,475,61715Disney
23The Adjustment Bureau$109,050-35%116-48$940$62,453,31512Universal
24Mars Needs Moms$105,872863%154127$687$21,034,32911Disney
25Battle: Los Angeles$100,808-46%170-55$593$83,441,91111Sony / Columbia
26Scream 4$91,261-67%205-221$445$37,717,6596Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$599,003--6--$99,834$599,0031Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$243,664-25%50-7$4,873$5,348,0857Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$186,83438%5926$3,167$619,5085Sony Pictures Classics
4I Am Number Four$177,120203%96-6$1,845$55,011,80514Disney / DreamWorks
5The Double Hour$117,80110%3610$3,272$532,8466IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$89,834-3%380$2,364$25,034,37662Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Meek's Cutoff$84,416-13%399$2,165$468,8767Oscilloscope
8I Am (2011)$83,175-24%747$1,124$1,249,76914Paladin
913 Assassins$72,26737%258$2,891$301,8504Magnolia / Magnet
10Hesher$61,786-51%24-18$2,574$253,6602Wrekin Hill Entertainment
11Of Gods and Men$51,825-36%60-8$864$3,779,67013Sony Pictures Classics
12Bill Cunningham New York$49,5404%251$1,982$1,056,46310Zeitgeist Films
13Potiche$44,215-45%46-13$961$1,409,4629Music Box Films
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,563-21%110$3,778$2,746,094543D Entertainment
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$41,387-16%8124$511$478,6705Sony Pictures Classics
16L'Amour fou$40,98110%119$3,726$100,2322IFC Films
17The First Grader$38,08086%1714$2,240$66,9842National Geographic
18In a Better World$34,676-47%34-17$1,020$688,2468Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$34,613-7%204$1,731$28,489,525119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2035 and Ticking$29,775--6--$4,963$29,7751Image Entertainment
21Sucker Punch$26,404-65%45-94$587$36,381,7169Warner Bros.
22A Beautiful Life$23,605--23--$1,026$23,6051China Lion Film
23There Be Dragons$22,108-84%29-151$762$1,049,8733IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Red Riding Hood$21,655-63%50-50$433$37,652,56511Warner Bros.
25The Princess of Montpensier$21,115-11%14-5$1,508$245,8466IFC Films
26Hobo with a Shotgun$19,759195%85$2,470$564,2983Magnolia / Magnet
27The King's Speech$19,634-53%40-31$491$138,752,49026Weinstein Company
28Winter in Wartime$19,576-39%18-8$1,088$399,68210Sony Pictures Classics
29Queen to Play$18,726-40%11-7$1,702$238,4658Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,764--2--$8,382$83,569,295475IMAX
31Certified Copy$16,405-34%24-11$684$1,289,17611IFC Films
32Go For It!$14,435-88%64-154$226$172,6872Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,271-38%24-14$595$37,911,87614Fox
34My Perestroika$14,08426%197$741$178,2029International Film Circuit
35Kill the Irishman$11,731-23%12-1$978$1,152,79811Anchor Bay Films
36Last Night (2010)$10,320-49%4-2$2,580$87,8733Miramax / Tribeca
37Bloodworth$9,612--10--$961$9,6121IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Poetry$8,46025%83$1,058$334,21015Kino International
39Cedar Rapids$7,781-31%11-1$707$6,857,50315Fox Searchlight
40How To Live Forever$7,720108%21$3,860$12,5772Variance Films
41Skateland$7,16236%119$651$14,9442Freestyle Releasing
42Battle of the Brides$6,299-63%60$1,050$61,0283Variance Films
43Lebanon, PA$5,333-43%60$889$38,9814Truly Indie
44The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$4,89695%54$979$8,0822Argot Pictures
45Dum Maaro Dum$4,744-58%11-9$431$559,4875Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$4,499-20%10$4,499$16,2082Kino International
47The Robber$4,26534%21$2,133$48,0674Kino International
48Biutiful$4,065-51%7-4$581$5,094,44421Roadside Attractions
49Blank City$3,77424%30$1,258$81,9077Insurgent Releasing
50Barney's Version$3,77335%5-2$755$7,476,03319Sony Pictures Classics
51Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$3,57087%41$893$40,1945Variance Films
52Super$3,523-29%11-4$320$322,1578IFC Films
53The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,344-35%30$1,115$107,5708Lorber Films
54The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,108-40%2-1$1,554$873,59442National Geographic
55The Music Never Stopped$2,73069%50$546$242,91810Roadside Attractions
56Meet Monica Velour$2,46361%21$1,232$31,6497Anchor Bay Films
57The Tenant (2011)$2,408-67%2-1$1,204$13,6982Indican Pictures
58Henry's Crime$2,350-23%20$1,175$98,4017Moving Pictures Film & Television
59Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,224875%20$1,112$161,44912Strand Releasing
60Rubber$2,030-43%6-2$338$82,7888Magnolia / Magnet
61Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,968-2%21$984$5,2452Strand Releasing
62Into Eternity$1,96888%41$492$37,46416International Film Circuit
63Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,879-66%30$626$11,1842First Run Features
64The Salvation Poem$1,484-52%2-2$742$867,26032CanZion Films
65The Little Traitor$1,465--1--$1,465$396,58776Westchester Films
66American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,178-35%1-2$1,178$80,7677Variance Films
67Kings of Pastry$1,020--1--$1,020$330,42536First Run
68Circo$1,020-67%1-1$1,020$53,4888First Run Features
69Putty Hill$705--1--$705$47,63214Cinema Guild
70Dumbstruck$647-75%10$647$10,4206Truly Indie
71Another Year$518-73%1-5$518$3,205,24421Sony Pictures Classics
72Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$480-26%1-1$480$244,44820First Run Features
73Carancho$350--2--$175$84,33915Strand Releasing
74Marwencol$199--1--$199$112,03633Cinema Guild
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$177--1--$177$45,10019Kino International