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. 26 - Sun, Aug. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,536,118-27%2,77888$5,233$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$10,408,176--2,614--$3,982$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,867,741-45%3,346-125$2,650$148,674,0184Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,525,728--2,760--$3,089$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
5Our Idiot Brother$7,011,631--2,555--$2,744$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,007,180-48%3,30510$1,818$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$4,754,766-39%2,861-196$1,662$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,185,094-68%3,0150$1,056$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,108,178-35%1,577-363$1,971$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$3,103,227-62%3,1140$997$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
1130 Minutes or Less$2,687,165-58%2,071-817$1,298$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,564,370-43%1,328-410$1,931$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
13Final Destination 5$2,555,039-67%2,085-1070$1,225$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
14One Day$2,516,061-50%1,7254$1,459$9,789,5232Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$2,377,475-44%1,559-654$1,525$93,523,9605Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$2,248,438-45%1,424-564$1,579$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$1,202,440-57%904-729$1,330$34,495,5754Universal
2Midnight in Paris$743,59435%652394$1,140$51,643,08115Sony Pictures Classics
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$640,2536%51834$1,236$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
4Horrible Bosses$639,246-50%465-290$1,375$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$634,242-18%27271$2,332$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
6The Guard$384,699-8%10724$3,595$1,777,9005Sony Pictures Classics
7Super 8$305,078200%242156$1,261$126,049,18712Paramount
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$261,040-14%239-35$1,092$67,029,42711Fox
9Zookeeper$242,766-40%225-145$1,079$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
10Green Lantern$234,313-30%222-20$1,055$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$234,298-33%233-64$1,006$187,360,98610Disney
12Winnie the Pooh$232,42931%37278$625$26,067,1037Disney
13Bridesmaids$227,555-19%222-22$1,025$168,048,76016Universal
14Friends With Benefits$213,321-60%214-199$997$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
15Kung Fu Panda 2$209,698-26%194-43$1,081$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$193,513-27%211-20$917$240,461,92415Disney
17Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$184,627-90%223-1759$828$11,686,3613Fox
18X-Men: First Class$113,522-14%110-36$1,032$146,123,66713Fox
19The Hangover Part II$65,646-50%128-65$513$254,302,05614Warner Bros.
20Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$9,257-74%1000$93$3,076,2267Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Senna$207,14630%2814$7,398$545,1813Producers Distribution Agency
2Born to Be Wild 3D$159,828-23%490$3,262$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Whistleblower$120,846-20%6824$1,777$602,5774IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Bad Teacher$100,214-6%75-25$1,336$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
5Another Earth$95,815-33%947$1,019$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$92,324-38%78-5$1,184$1,178,0565Lionsgate
7The Tree of Life$82,015-32%971$846$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
8Nothing to Declare$72,180--25--$2,887$72,1801Entertainment One Films
9Hubble 3D$66,602-29%301$2,220$28,492,09676Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Monte Carlo$56,821-19%91-16$624$22,900,5359Fox
11Attack the Block$56,813-32%30-14$1,894$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
12Buck$55,785-25%65-13$858$3,795,02211IFC Films
13Point Blank$44,658-41%29-7$1,540$381,0675Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$43,54921%100$4,355$4,074,023683D Entertainment
15Circumstance$43,318--7--$6,188$43,3181Roadside Attractions
16The Trip (2011)$39,464-39%481$822$1,907,98712IFC Films
17The Names of Love$38,774-11%221$1,762$378,88710Music Box Films
18Sur le Rythme$36,090-72%37-35$975$833,1803Entertainment One Films
19Brighton Rock (2011)$32,774--12--$2,731$32,7741IFC Films
20Beginners$31,144-45%50-19$623$5,707,60013Focus
21Aarakshan$29,586--36--$822$629,3253Reliance Big Pictures
22Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$28,295-6%173$1,664$431,8628International Film Circuit
23The Future$26,840-57%22-9$1,220$398,8295Roadside Attractions
24Rio (2011)$22,988-40%39-29$589$143,597,19920Fox
25Higher Ground$21,495--3--$7,165$21,4951Sony Pictures Classics
26Under the Sea 3D$21,052-37%10-1$2,105$29,702,827133Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Le Sens de l'humour$20,958-51%18-22$1,164$3,238,4678Alliance Films
283D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$20,056-52%9-1$2,228$97,6783China Lion Film
29Redemption Road$19,152--26--$737$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
30The Interrupters$17,87448%108$1,787$88,3185Cinema Guild
31Mozart's Sister$17,737-48%70$2,534$73,5862Music Box Films
32Evidence of a Haunting$16,800--10--$1,680$16,8001Nocturnal Features
33Tabloid$16,262-31%262$625$615,3657IFC Films
34Terri$15,198-33%213$724$601,0349IDP/ATO Pictures
35Amigo$14,637-61%7-3$2,091$69,1422Variance Films
36Incendies$11,97162%84$1,496$6,828,59319Sony Pictures Classics
37Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$11,822-42%15-22$788$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
38A Better Life$10,735-53%31-34$346$1,754,31910Summit
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,785-73%10-24$779$1,127,4488Sony Pictures Classics
40Project Nim$7,780-34%164$486$347,1648Roadside Attractions
41Magic Trip$7,6021%6-4$1,267$74,7484Magnolia Pictures
42Bellflower$7,502-54%7-1$1,072$101,2364Oscilloscope
43Bride Flight$6,8648%100$686$470,22412Music Box Films
44Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$6,457--7--$922$461,8085Viva Entertainment
45The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,461--6--$910$67,91610Rialto Pictures
46WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,9869%20$2,493$41,67813Zeitgeist Films
47Life, Above All$4,475-32%51$895$90,3567Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,173-31%53$835$87,3885Alive Mind Cinema
49Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$4,092--2--$2,046$4,0921Undefined
50Insidious$4,0630%7-2$580$53,991,13722FilmDistrict
51Gun Hill Road$3,959-72%3-2$1,320$119,5674Motion Film Group
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,928-48%30$1,309$355,89310Hannover House
53The Family Tree$3,658--2--$1,829$3,6581Entertainment One U.S.
54Circo$3,597--1--$3,597$77,46622First Run Features
55Farmageddon$3,547--3--$1,182$24,85411Undefined
56The Tree$3,473116%64$579$32,2437Zeitgeist Films
57CornerStore$3,416-54%20$1,708$32,3403Undefined
58Pianomania$2,776921%21$1,388$24,81414First Run Features
59Life in a Day$2,708-57%5-5$542$210,0325National Geographic
60Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,685203%1-1$2,685$265,07810Abramorama
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,676-77%5-11$535$1,028,69311Magnolia Pictures
62Jig$2,62690%10$2,626$163,67511Screen Media Films
63Griff the Invisible$2,578-49%4-2$645$11,2912Indomina Media
64The Last Circus$2,284-52%21$1,142$10,1512Magnolia / Magnet
65Vito Bonafacci$2,255--1--$2,255$5,28217CAVU Pictures
665 Days of War$1,524-76%1-1$1,524$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
67The Conspirator$1,387-7%3-1$462$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
68Trollhunter$1,314-45%4-1$329$243,75712Magnolia / Magnet
69The Perfect Host$1,100-71%2-8$550$46,2869Magnolia Pictures
70Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,095-55%1-2$1,095$187,62610Abramorama
71Rejoice and Shout$888-52%50$178$100,11913Magnolia Pictures
72Everything Must Go$842-70%3-1$281$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions
73The Little Traitor$833--1--$833$401,53890Westchester Films
74City of Life and Death$791--1--$791$104,59616Kino International
75Summer (2011 re-issue)$732-9%20$366$30,46812The Film Desk
76Singham$721--4--$180$349,7106Reliance Big Pictures
77Trigun: Badlands Rumble$698--2--$349$62,0278Eleven Arts
78Special Treatment$678--1--$678$6781First Run Features
79Mysteries of Lisbon$677-89%21$339$57,9084Music Box Films
80Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$671-90%1-1$671$32,0143Lorber Films
81The Arbor$66616%32$222$21,26818Strand Releasing
82Viva Riva!$643-73%1-1$643$57,92512Music Box Films
83The Salvation Poem$618--1--$618$914,81846CanZion Films
84The Sleeping Beauty$502-68%10$502$27,8858Strand Releasing
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$488--3--$163$151,88022Lorber Films
86Bill Cunningham New York$437-40%10$437$1,477,76024Zeitgeist Films
87The Woodmans$354-28%10$354$38,33032Lorber Films
88Leap Year (2011)$321-70%10$321$12,15610Strand Releasing
89In a Better World$277-54%1-1$277$1,006,52622Sony Pictures Classics
90Road to Nowhere$182-50%20$91$40,02712Monterey Media
91My Perestroika$150-30%10$150$241,28923International Film Circuit
92Queen to Play$149-66%10$149$478,57222Zeitgeist Films
93The Robber$74-88%10$74$81,27718Kino International
94Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-95%1-2$72$240,41750Collective Eye
95The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$50-90%10$50$638,47619Sony Pictures Classics