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, Aug. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$27,832,307-49%3,69143$7,541$105,208,2262Fox
2The Help$26,044,590--2,534--$10,278$35,918,4161Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$18,031,396--3,155--$5,715$18,031,3961Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$13,733,081-34%3,42732$4,007$101,778,7413Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$13,330,118--2,888--$4,616$13,330,1181Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$7,811,305-50%3,310-444$2,360$81,674,0153Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,251,414-42%2,414-761$3,004$357,337,3555Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$7,210,902-45%2,835-785$2,544$156,971,1084Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,054,228-41%2,635-385$2,677$55,526,5243Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$6,306,645-53%2,9130$2,165$25,838,8502Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$5,961,231--2,040--$2,922$5,961,2311Fox
12Horrible Bosses$2,438,498-47%1,338-687$1,822$110,003,1446Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$1,846,455-61%1,294-1104$1,427$53,079,3374Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,384,632-55%886-968$1,563$347,268,8007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$1,003,255-54%748-976$1,341$75,800,6906Sony / Columbia
3Midnight in Paris$703,277-28%328-71$2,144$49,664,59813Sony Pictures Classics
4Cars 2$659,901-46%494-432$1,336$186,196,5578Disney
5Sarah's Key$486,096-11%10134$4,813$2,024,0254Weinstein Company
6Green Lantern$405,943268%242134$1,677$115,037,1449Warner Bros.
7Winnie the Pooh$387,446-52%409-307$947$25,295,5105Disney
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$386,856-5%294-33$1,316$66,094,2919Fox
9Bridesmaids$360,520-35%285-89$1,265$167,169,89514Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$351,096-30%252-38$1,393$163,433,62712Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$329,678-27%254-20$1,298$239,679,52013Disney
12Bad Teacher$203,827-40%149-201$1,368$97,901,4218Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: First Class$187,809-49%183-53$1,026$145,688,54611Fox
14The Hangover Part II$181,664-38%232-71$783$253,941,29212Warner Bros.
15The Tree of Life$158,988-38%118-52$1,347$12,472,58512Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$108,276-36%108-66$1,003$125,520,06110Paramount
17Buck$108,232-43%101-25$1,072$3,537,7419IFC Films
18Beginners$101,331-45%103-23$984$5,526,44611Focus
19Larry Crowne$92,960-42%166-63$560$35,565,9757Universal
20Monte Carlo$87,412-32%124-17$705$22,689,4887Fox
21Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$82,058-54%104-12$789$1,195,8675Fox Searchlight
22Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$71,398-61%1000$714$2,987,5775Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$342,801--91--$3,767$342,8011Reliance Big Pictures
2The Guard$282,67847%4728$6,014$670,0823Sony Pictures Classics
3The Devil's Double$260,26331%8956$2,924$698,7943Lionsgate
4Born to Be Wild 3D$225,317-1%490$4,598$11,310,34519Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sur le Rythme$180,524--73--$2,473$335,0331Entertainment One Films
6Another Earth$164,418-4%8227$2,005$699,0594Fox Searchlight
7Hubble 3D$117,7987%29-3$4,062$28,149,71774Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Whistleblower$115,39589%2215$5,245$202,7762IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Attack the Block$107,95139%4032$2,699$454,0873Sony / Screen Gems
10The Trip (2011)$79,421-35%55-5$1,444$1,732,78610IFC Films
11Senna$73,497--2--$36,749$73,4971Producers Distribution Agency
12Rio (2011)$69,607-50%99-40$703$143,478,28018Fox
13Le Sens de l'humour$66,538-41%41-20$1,623$3,062,1166Alliance Films
14Point Blank$66,20039%2112$3,152$196,4143Magnolia / Magnet
15The Future$63,695-26%202$3,185$234,5523Roadside Attractions
16Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$55,356-29%35-3$1,582$1,039,4426Sony Pictures Classics
17Thor$55,036-50%81-60$679$180,952,82815Paramount
18Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$47,197-47%14-2$3,371$405,9793Viva Entertainment
19Under the Sea 3D$42,272-7%11-3$3,843$29,577,515131Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$40,776-20%179$2,399$334,4436International Film Circuit
21Tabloid$36,963-19%314$1,192$539,2355IFC Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,940-23%10-1$3,394$3,915,580663D Entertainment
23Bellflower$23,9437%75$3,420$55,8932Oscilloscope
24Gun Hill Road$23,382-38%107$2,338$75,4092Motion Film Group
25Project Nim$23,033-2%18-3$1,280$307,6216Roadside Attractions
26Page One: Inside the New York Times$22,718-43%23-20$988$1,000,2379Magnolia Pictures
27Terri$20,053-41%214$955$540,4117IDP/ATO Pictures
28Space Station 3D$19,832--2--$9,916$84,155,490487IMAX
29Cave of Forgotten Dreams$18,418-48%15-13$1,228$5,205,66516IFC Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$17,713-20%12-3$1,476$336,6458Hannover House
31A Better Life$17,428-57%51-23$342$1,697,9738Summit
32Magic Trip$17,18420%73$2,455$40,7982Magnolia Pictures
33The Names of Love$16,711--9--$1,857$274,4218Music Box Films
34Life in a Day$16,265-55%17-2$957$191,7173National Geographic
35The Interrupters$14,355304%20$7,178$33,1203Cinema Guild
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,9045%20$6,452$35,5492Music Box Films
37Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$12,858-54%55-33$234$15,000,99410Relativity Media
38CornerStore$12,743--1--$12,743$12,7431Undefined
39In a Better World$12,46126%153$831$999,04620Sony Pictures Classics
40Passione: A Musical Adventure$11,576-28%50$2,315$180,2588Abramorama
41Incendies$10,315-47%11-4$938$6,798,89017Sony Pictures Classics
42Bride Flight$8,919-52%12-7$743$446,44810Music Box Films
43Trollhunter$8,55916%14-2$611$234,15810Magnolia / Magnet
44The Double Hour$7,355-45%12-4$613$1,497,07118IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$7,272--1--$7,272$11,3051Lorber Films
46El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,346-48%10$6,346$59,1533Alive Mind Cinema
47Insidious$5,253-56%13-13$404$53,977,93820FilmDistrict
48Queen to Play$4,050-17%4-1$1,013$474,48820Zeitgeist Films
4935 and Ticking$3,782-66%50$756$113,88813Image Entertainment
50The Last Mountain$3,5167%52$703$120,10711Dada Films
51The Tree$3,433589%64$572$24,1305Zeitgeist Films
52Submarine$3,19613%7-3$457$466,70211Weinstein Company
53The Perfect Host$3,181-40%61$530$38,0417Magnolia Pictures
54Gerry (2011)$2,944-61%3-2$981$1,962,8889Entertainment One Films
55If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,85275%2-2$1,426$58,9578Oscilloscope
5613 Assassins$2,80480%2-2$1,402$799,05116Magnolia / Magnet
57Life, Above All$2,712-69%4-8$678$74,7355Sony Pictures Classics
58The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$2,631-45%2-1$1,316$59,9048Rialto Pictures
59Bill Cunningham New York$2,347-31%40$587$1,468,29522Zeitgeist Films
60Meek's Cutoff$2,197-48%40$549$975,77019Oscilloscope
61The Myth of the American Sleepover$1,974-77%1-2$1,974$37,2664IFC Films
62Rapt$1,901367%21$951$32,7196Lorber Films
63Salvation Boulevard$1,617-66%41$404$25,1065IFC Films
64City of Life and Death$1,56529%31$522$101,56914Kino International
65Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,525-17%30$508$260,5278Abramorama
66Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,27776%31$426$236,60748Collective Eye
67Rejoice and Shout$1,255-53%4-1$314$95,05811Magnolia Pictures
68Everything Must Go$1,191-62%3-5$397$2,702,54214Roadside Attractions
69Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,1155%10$1,115$56,7436Eleven Arts
70Good Neighbors$1,088137%31$363$6,8053Magnolia Pictures
71Octubre$1,058--1--$1,058$21,54315New Yorker Films
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,050--1--$1,050$31,13514First Run Features
733D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$903--1--$903$9031China Lion Film
74My Dog Tulip$835--1--$835$246,57450New Yorker Films
75The Conspirator$812247%20$406$11,533,40918Roadside Attractions
76Tuesday, After Christmas$751--2--$376$25,41612Lorber Films
77Pianomania$720-63%1-1$720$19,42612First Run Features
78Small Town Murder Songs$708180%21$354$31,13312Monterey Media
79My Perestroika$689--2--$345$240,69321International Film Circuit
80The Robber$679-60%10$679$79,87116Kino International
81Summer (2011 re-issue)$667--1--$667$28,49710The Film Desk
82The Sleeping Beauty$518--1--$518$24,5086Strand Releasing
83Road to Nowhere$424-67%10$424$38,56310Monterey Media
84Leap Year (2011)$357--1--$357$9,8448Strand Releasing
85Poetry$177-91%10$177$355,04427Kino International
86Into Eternity$130-57%10$130$55,16728International Film Circuit
87The Salvation Poem$125-89%1-1$125$915,50244CanZion Films
88Daylight (2011)$100--1--$100$2,8045Cinema Purgatorio