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, Oct. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$34,077,439--3,952--$8,623$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$18,144,516-65%3,3298$5,450$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$12,050,368--3,122--$3,860$12,050,3681Fox
4Footloose (2011)$5,502,026-47%3,224-331$1,707$38,544,8253Paramount
5The Rum Diary$5,135,369--2,272--$2,260$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
6Real Steel$4,783,149-56%2,914-498$1,641$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,507,359-60%3,0170$1,163$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$2,804,435-42%1,572-470$1,784$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$2,387,049-40%1,631-722$1,464$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$1,838,096-26%1,134-61$1,621$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$1,693,915-56%1,5542$1,090$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$1,633,429-61%1,838-990$889$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$1,408,150-50%1,194-738$1,179$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$857,325-72%1,394-1601$615$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RA. One$1,654,023--189--$8,751$1,654,0231Eros International
2Anonymous$1,021,768--265--$3,856$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
3Margin Call$729,09630%14084$5,208$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
4Dream House$397,815-65%585-639$680$20,834,3955Universal
5The Help$392,658-45%450-326$873$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
6The Way$358,267-29%258-25$1,389$1,610,0244Producers Distribution Agency
7Contagion$335,315-61%411-490$816$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$267,464-56%194-173$1,379$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
9The Smurfs$250,972-35%303-24$828$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
10The Mighty Macs$227,619-76%389-586$585$1,513,3132Quaker Media
11The Big Year$227,149-86%423-1727$537$6,820,2293Fox
12Abduction$204,668-65%351-402$583$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13The Lion King 3D$203,763-84%378-713$539$93,143,4697Disney
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$174,885-26%231-18$757$175,888,65213Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$153,975-36%250-58$616$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$111,150-39%163-77$682$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
17Killer Elite$108,443-74%257-494$422$24,909,6216Open Road
18Cars 2$89,066-38%143-50$623$191,130,18919Disney
19Colombiana$79,917-32%151-25$529$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
20Captain America: The First Avenger$78,429-51%139-45$564$176,551,17615Paramount
21Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$62,465-42%151-27$414$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
22Apollo 18$50,813737%120107$423$17,605,1929Weinstein Company
23Fright Night (2011)$38,053-49%108-12$352$18,269,10711Disney / DreamWorks
24The Hammer (2011)$8,442--102--$83$8,4421Archstone Distribution / D&E Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$248,22580%3228$7,757$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Take Shelter$190,8155%9136$2,097$765,1215Sony Pictures Classics
3The Skin I Live In$180,713-27%3110$5,829$833,8333Sony Pictures Classics
4Like Crazy$123,140--4--$30,785$123,1401Paramount Vantage
5October Baby$102,096--13--$7,854$102,0961IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Born to Be Wild 3D$80,330-14%490$1,639$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Guard$62,836-43%56-26$1,122$5,067,22714Sony Pictures Classics
8Midnight in Paris$61,167-44%61-35$1,003$55,378,52424Sony Pictures Classics
9Cowboys & Aliens$60,515-36%91-40$665$100,215,11614Universal
10The Afflicted$50,820-44%11-2$4,620$175,7422Nocturnal Features
11The Debt$50,187-50%87-32$577$31,146,5709Focus
12Hubble 3D$47,856-44%22-2$2,175$29,445,24785Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Shark Night 3D$46,049-31%90-12$512$18,797,2869Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$44,126-60%51-52$865$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
15What's Your Number?$42,522-86%62-281$686$13,855,6745Fox
16Breakaway$41,288--14--$2,949$1,809,9235Alliance Films
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$41,18248%7522$549$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
18Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$36,586-34%26-3$1,407$743,75417International Film Circuit
19Mozart's Sister$28,773-30%320$899$481,08511Music Box Films
20The Women on the 6th Floor$27,011-45%16-1$1,688$206,0204Strand Releasing
21The Double (2011)$26,640--11--$2,422$26,6401Image Entertainment
22Weekend$24,317-50%18-8$1,351$383,4126IFC Films
23Le Havre$19,644-25%71$2,806$60,0182Janus Films
24Munger Road$17,369-42%10-6$1,737$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
25Blackthorn$17,005-35%16-3$1,063$124,2894Magnolia Pictures
26Love Crime$16,746-42%25-1$670$487,8009IFC Films
27All's Faire in Love$16,440--75--$219$16,4401Hannover House
28Revenge of the Electric Car$16,324-7%31$5,441$43,0742Area23a
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$15,057115%114$1,369$179,3569Music Box Films
30Inni$14,903--3--$4,968$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
31Under the Sea 3D$14,783-32%120$1,232$29,987,052142Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Sarah's Key$14,070-37%29-19$485$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
33The Mill and the Cross$13,704-44%11-4$1,246$190,2027Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$13,35426%50$2,671$102,5586First Run Features
35Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,3332%3910$342$203,5865Magnolia / Magnet
36Our Idiot Brother$12,880-62%51-28$253$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
37Machine Gun Preacher$12,647-60%13-12$973$505,3616Relativity Media
38Urbanized$11,948--1--$11,948$11,9481Undefined
39Senna$11,585-28%12-8$965$1,586,69212Producers Distribution Agency
40Higher Ground$11,265-50%26-10$433$802,29610Sony Pictures Classics
41The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,208-34%130$862$248,9388IFC Films
42Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,18627%100$1,119$4,328,844773D Entertainment
43Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,474-59%10$9,474$38,7132Submarine Deluxe
44Warrior (2011)$7,736-73%31-34$250$13,651,6628Lionsgate
45My Reincarnation$6,498--2--$3,249$6,4981Long Shot Factory
46Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$6,333--4--$1,583$26,2697International Film Circuit
47Finding Joe$6,277-14%5-2$1,255$55,5185Balcony Releasing
48Le Bonheur des Autres$6,140-76%9-15$682$225,6634Entertainment One Films
49Seven Days in Utopia$5,927-48%11-9$539$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
50The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$5,792-62%12-12$483$118,4714IFC Films
51Texas Killing Fields$5,708-39%73$815$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
52Circumstance$5,659-38%7-3$808$429,40510Roadside Attractions
53Space Station 3D$5,109--1--$5,109$84,409,797498IMAX
54Point Blank$4,85211%110$441$695,69114Magnolia / Magnet
55Paul Goodman Changed My Life$4,517-21%10$4,517$17,7032Zeitgeist Films
56I Don't Know How She Does It$4,240-52%14-15$303$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,008-41%31$1,003$247,09119Abramorama
58City of Life and Death$2,902--1--$2,902$119,92225Kino International
59Labios Rojos$2,719-89%11-32$247$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,70727%80$338$16,0504Kino Lorber
61OKA!$2,290159%21$1,145$10,0303Dada Films
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,221-82%6-15$370$483,2859Indomina Media
63The Future$1,909-63%5-9$382$564,66114Roadside Attractions
64The Names of Love$1,877-26%1-2$1,877$507,99319Music Box Films
65Happy, Happy$1,813141%2-1$907$38,1947Magnolia Pictures
66Restless (2011)$1,808-49%9-2$201$157,0227Sony Pictures Classics
67Restitution$1,779--1--$1,779$1,7791Monterey Media
68Hell and Back Again$1,574-32%20$787$19,1374Docurama Films
69Fireflies in the Garden$1,477-92%2-12$739$69,8193Independent
70Magic Trip$1,322204%31$441$153,94313Magnolia Pictures
71Sidewalls$1,304--1--$1,304$1,7341IFC Films
72Brighton Rock (2011)$1,139-74%6-5$190$223,88710IFC Films
73Where Soldiers Come From$1,012-52%2-1$506$33,7888International Film Circuit
74American Teacher$788--1--$788$26,3565First Run Features
753 (2010)$778-84%1-4$778$50,4167Strand Releasing
76Bellflower$774287%31$258$165,45813Oscilloscope
77Dirty Girl$743-82%1-4$743$51,4314Weinstein Company
78Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$630116%2-2$315$1,197,55317Sony Pictures Classics
79Limelight (2011)$612-42%1-2$612$56,4836Magnolia Pictures
80El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$593-90%2-7$297$157,81614Alive Mind Cinema
81The Tree$563-28%10$563$65,02516Zeitgeist Films
82Project Nim$510-70%3-9$170$405,89017Roadside Attractions
83Life, Above All$450-82%3-2$150$130,94316Sony Pictures Classics
84Bill Cunningham New York$420-45%10$420$1,508,15033Zeitgeist Films
85The Last Circus$277-58%20$139$39,14411Magnolia / Magnet
86Mysteries of Lisbon$235-85%1-2$235$109,88513Music Box Films
87Special Treatment$201-66%10$201$8,51210First Run Features
88Thunder Soul$165-84%40$41$143,5686Roadside Attractions
89Griff the Invisible$128--1--$128$20,90611Indomina Media