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, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$97,852,865--4,088--$23,937$162,618,2121Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$26,273,387-60%4,1150$6,385$117,204,0022Disney
3Bad Teacher$14,506,592-54%3,0490$4,758$59,952,5632Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$13,096,065--2,973--$4,405$13,096,0651Universal
5Super 8$7,922,218-34%3,088-336$2,565$108,465,2454Paramount
6Monte Carlo$7,453,944--2,473--$3,014$7,453,9441Fox
7Green Lantern$6,556,612-64%3,280-536$1,999$102,244,8963Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,537,956-45%2,861-481$1,936$50,562,6783Fox
9Bridesmaids$3,646,125-31%1,389-642$2,625$153,020,4908Universal
10X-Men: First Class$2,950,918-56%1,602-1031$1,842$138,662,6455Fox
11The Hangover Part II$2,391,733-57%1,568-1187$1,525$248,243,6156Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,190,508-56%1,473-771$1,487$233,738,4017Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$1,664,822-60%1,281-1246$1,300$156,859,4896Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$3,579,967-14%858-93$4,172$33,780,0397Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,068,340-20%22813$4,686$7,571,7766Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$598,20927%10836$5,539$2,364,5775Focus
4Buck$480,88365%13177$3,671$1,011,3783IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$446,961-16%308-36$1,451$140,479,50912Fox
6Thor$400,303-22%270-134$1,483$177,917,5839Paramount
7Fast Five$332,215-35%302-156$1,100$208,303,66010Universal
8Water for Elephants$171,314-33%234-58$732$58,026,26711Fox
9Soul Surfer$163,683-22%205-35$798$43,400,45113Sony / TriStar
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$135,478-78%221-670$613$13,936,9874Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$112,541477%14094$804$53,011,19011Lionsgate
12Something Borrowed$100,720-55%191-112$527$38,677,2739Warner Bros.
13Rango$91,425-22%117-39$781$123,188,23218Paramount
14The Lincoln Lawyer$88,910-35%138-51$644$57,786,12316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$581,943--89--$6,539$581,9431UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$224,130-1%470$4,769$8,199,85613Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$168,168--53--$3,173$168,1681Viva Entertainment
4The Trip (2011)$160,6713%402$4,017$764,6354IFC Films
5Gerry (2011)$126,727-77%78-17$1,625$1,600,1593Entertainment One Films
6Page One: Inside the New York Times$124,521175%3821$3,277$238,6243Magnolia Pictures
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$110,082-23%60-15$1,835$4,633,69210IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$103,767-8%30-4$3,459$26,675,34068Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Better Life$97,75657%117$8,887$181,4262Summit
10Double Dhamaal$86,278-71%41-13$2,104$477,8232Reliance Big Pictures
11Terri$65,103--6--$10,851$65,1031IDP/ATO Pictures
12Source Code$63,589-7%66-40$963$54,640,98714Summit
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,137-14%110$4,649$3,341,232603D Entertainment
14Incendies$48,388-31%42-20$1,152$6,531,39711Sony Pictures Classics
15Insidious$46,295-36%70-4$661$53,612,26314FilmDistrict
16Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$42,011-57%17-7$2,471$183,4232Abramorama
17Trollhunter$40,835103%2112$1,945$104,4794Magnolia / Magnet
18Under the Sea 3D$40,7333%13-2$3,133$28,996,557125Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Turtle: The Incredible Journey$40,007-42%16-8$2,500$135,9812Hannover House
20The Double Hour$39,016-21%25-5$1,561$1,299,56612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21African Cats$31,166-84%30-92$1,039$15,378,91611Disneynature
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$29,535-46%68-46$434$10,056,71610Weinstein Company
23Limitless$27,762-40%55-30$505$79,230,92316Relativity Media
24Submarine$27,232-35%20-6$1,362$342,0245Weinstein Company
25The Names of Love$27,013-11%83$3,377$71,2782Music Box Films
26Beginning of the Great Revival$26,622-60%23-6$1,157$125,8792China Lion Film
27Bride Flight$24,841-26%18-1$1,380$231,6154Music Box Films
28Queen to Play$21,989202%106$2,199$372,10114Zeitgeist Films
29Hanna$18,854-53%34-25$555$40,243,77113Focus
30Passione: A Musical Adventure$18,63021%21$9,315$51,2582Abramorama
31Bill Cunningham New York$17,018-23%11-1$1,547$1,369,52716Zeitgeist Films
3213 Assassins$16,063-12%221$730$742,41310Magnolia / Magnet
33Jane Eyre (2011)$14,075-56%26-25$541$11,210,24817Focus
34In a Better World$12,124-36%287$433$900,39714Sony Pictures Classics
35Summer (2011 re-issue)$11,954--1--$11,954$17,2844The Film Desk
36Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,785-58%31-27$380$52,671,36315Fox
37Win Win$11,148-50%18-14$619$10,143,68616Fox Searchlight
38I Am (2011)$11,020-1%7-6$1,574$1,570,25120Paladin
39Meek's Cutoff$9,021-41%15-2$601$894,27113Oscilloscope
40Love Etc.$8,781--2--$4,391$8,7811Paladin
41Everything Must Go$8,213-47%19-14$432$2,648,5128Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$7,506-44%15-10$500$11,501,53312Roadside Attractions
43The Perfect Host$7,505--2--$3,753$7,5051Magnolia Pictures
44The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$7,27323%21$3,637$18,2362Rialto Pictures
45Rejoice and Shout$7,026-36%61$1,171$55,7395Magnolia Pictures
46Hobo with a Shotgun$6,304-32%10-2$630$684,5049Magnolia / Magnet
47The First Grader$4,832-43%7-4$690$325,6918National Geographic
48Winter in Wartime$4,229-40%4-6$1,057$526,26116Sony Pictures Classics
49Crime After Crime$3,215--1--$3,215$3,2151mTuckman Media
50The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$3,087--1--$3,087$18,6378Argot Pictures
5135 and Ticking$3,05267%21$1,526$78,9167Image Entertainment
52Viva Riva!$2,981-68%50$596$38,8314Music Box Films
53Leap Year (2011)$2,7310%21$1,366$6,9672Strand Releasing
54Road to Nowhere$2,535-36%40$634$25,0054Monterey Media
55Beautiful Boy$2,493-56%40$623$68,9835Anchor Bay Films
56Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,176406%10$2,176$254,84826First Run Features
57If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,124-62%20$1,062$22,1292Oscilloscope
58Aurora$2,105--1--$2,105$3,0031Cinema Guild
59The Art of Getting By$2,067-98%7-300$295$1,425,8393Fox Searchlight
60Hesher$1,71132%20$856$371,9888Wrekin Hill Entertainment
61My Perestroika$1,710-62%4-1$428$235,17715International Film Circuit
62Battle for Brooklyn$1,280-43%10$1,280$17,9803Rumur
63City of Life and Death$1,191-91%3-6$397$81,7408Kino International
64Blank City$1,19050%10$1,190$108,42213Insurgent Releasing
65The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,123-39%3-3$374$624,54711Sony Pictures Classics
66Of Gods and Men$983-83%4-3$246$3,958,82719Sony Pictures Classics
67Kings of Pastry$918--1--$918$336,09542First Run
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$731-12%1-1$731$137,39014Lorber Films
69Small Town Murder Songs$698-81%3-3$233$21,2006Monterey Media
70How To Live Forever$674-85%1-3$674$37,6458Variance Films
71The Music Never Stopped$5950%53$119$250,87016Roadside Attractions
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$570-67%10$570$28,4128First Run Features
73Octubre$53287%10$532$18,4179New Yorker Films
74Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$358-53%1-1$358$11,9238Strand Releasing
75Korkoro$234-3%10$234$8,14715Lorber Films