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, Feb. 10 - Sun, Feb. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$41,202,458--2,958--$13,929$41,202,4581Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$40,172,720--3,119--$12,880$40,172,7201Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,335,363--3,470--$7,878$27,335,3631Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$22,469,932--2,655--$8,463$22,469,9321Fox
5Chronicle$12,092,589-45%2,9081$4,158$39,959,8562Fox
6The Woman in Black$10,102,658-52%2,8561$3,537$35,258,1452CBS Films
7The Grey$5,045,620-46%2,801-406$1,801$42,787,8843Open Road
8Big Miracle$3,946,050-49%2,1334$1,850$13,281,9852Universal
9The Descendants$3,441,676-24%1,581-457$2,177$70,671,28913Fox Searchlight
10Underworld Awakening$2,480,156-55%1,657-979$1,497$58,914,5254Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$2,417,386-49%1,580-767$1,530$45,080,7724Fox
12One For the Money$2,300,953-56%2,056-681$1,119$23,679,6583Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,473,011-61%1,375-1130$1,071$29,406,9008Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$1,301,222-70%1,423-1575$914$17,471,4323Lionsgate
15Contraband$1,259,340-63%1,081-966$1,165$64,642,8255Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,240,252-14%808-197$2,773$24,002,03812Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,765,205-22%702-328$2,515$64,442,02412Paramount
3The Iron Lady$1,155,969-39%512-509$2,258$22,797,2647Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$840,111-67%678-1041$1,239$46,463,3065Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$706,967-58%469-608$1,507$206,514,7689Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$637,100--111--$5,740$637,1001UTV Communications
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$547,509-18%232-70$2,360$21,995,07810Focus
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$535,037-49%502-316$1,066$129,054,8919Fox
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$493,306-52%269-399$1,834$100,814,0958Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$489,616-66%686-664$714$29,890,1295Warner Bros.
11War Horse$451,793-53%502-661$900$78,200,1678Disney / DreamWorks
122012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$412,304--120--$3,436$412,3041Shorts International
13We Bought a Zoo$360,694-51%420-334$859$73,246,5998Fox
14The Adventures of Tintin$340,028-52%257-229$1,323$75,871,4868Paramount
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$328,902-68%265-592$1,241$184,573,2009Warner Bros.
16Albert Nobbs$274,819-44%151-94$1,820$2,034,3983Roadside Attractions
17The Muppets$271,985129%291122$935$87,777,65012Disney
18Puss in Boots (2011)$217,342-13%209-44$1,040$148,741,02016Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$208,012-18%125-46$1,664$13,344,06812Weinstein Company
20A Dangerous Method$205,193-36%107-128$1,918$4,948,36012Sony Pictures Classics
21Haywire$204,442-83%263-988$777$18,579,4514Relativity Media
22Happy Feet Two$185,955-29%202-53$921$63,675,13113Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$168,283-40%230-66$732$281,158,17213Lionsgate / Summit
24Jack and Jill$165,008-18%187-35$882$73,837,88614Sony / Columbia
25Agneepath$83,732-75%1320$634$1,912,8703Eros International
26New Year's Eve$62,518-43%155-67$403$54,493,44210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$265,801-5%455$5,907$1,622,3987Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$257,28635%6829$3,784$1,705,4628IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$102,09811%44-1$2,320$16,157,02345Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Shame$84,637-18%52-12$1,628$3,606,89711Fox Searchlight
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,81628%163$5,239$496,67010Oscilloscope
6Rampart$60,446--5--$12,089$60,4461Millennium Entertainment
7W.E.$59,64627%1713$3,509$123,7932Weinstein Company
8The Sitter$56,838-22%99-27$574$30,411,95010Fox
9Hubble 3D$43,39633%19-2$2,284$30,958,977100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Carnage (2011)$40,910-37%36-4$1,136$2,371,2259Sony Pictures Classics
11The Devil Inside$35,013-77%95-208$369$53,149,7766Paramount
12Coriolanus$31,267-30%11-3$2,842$267,9474Weinstein Company
13In Darkness$27,413--3--$9,138$49,1041Sony Pictures Classics
14Pariah (2011)$23,354-33%13-6$1,796$657,4377Focus
15Chico & Rita$20,654--1--$20,654$20,6541GKIDS
16Real Steel$19,451-55%55-35$354$85,463,30919Disney / DreamWorks
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$18,969-33%143$1,355$4,776,391923D Entertainment
18Immortals$18,764-39%33-29$569$83,488,54614Relativity Media
19Under the Sea 3D$17,595-19%12-2$1,466$30,521,582157Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Midnight in Paris$17,567-22%24-16$732$56,534,73739Sony Pictures Classics
21J. Edgar$13,703-67%42-93$326$37,293,47814Warner Bros.
22Young Adult$13,346-33%35-23$381$16,257,51210Paramount
23In Time$11,624-26%20-14$581$37,553,93216Fox
24In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,174-47%103$1,117$272,3768FilmDistrict
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,110-20%4-2$2,778$586,68619Strand Releasing
26The Help$10,474-29%13-7$806$169,653,84627Disney / DreamWorks
27Melancholia$9,219-25%8-5$1,152$3,012,97514Magnolia Pictures
28The Turin Horse$9,145--1--$9,145$9,1451Cinema Guild
29Death of the Virgin$8,628--3--$2,876$8,6281Indican Pictures
30The Viral Factor$8,167-58%4-3$2,042$204,3744China Lion Film
31My Reincarnation$7,492--2--$3,746$80,38716Long Shot Factory
32The Way$7,377-2%7-4$1,054$4,424,33919Producers Distribution Agency
33An Inconsistent Truth$7,356-40%21$3,678$46,1613Rocky Mountain Pictures
34The Innkeepers$7,201-76%13-7$554$66,8642Magnolia / Magnet
35The Darkest Hour$6,880-65%18-21$382$21,217,4898Summit
36Return$6,717--3--$2,239$6,7171Dada Films
37Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,824--3--$1,608$858,07832International Film Circuit
38Young Goethe In Love$4,645138%52$929$142,15915Music Box Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19287%20$2,096$56,1356Cinema Guild
40El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,713-60%2-2$1,857$230,18829Alive Mind Cinema
41The Flowers of War$3,301-38%61$550$211,5924Wrekin Hill Entertainment
42Vettai$3,268-66%2-2$1,634$198,1925UTV Communications
43Kung Fu Joe$3,158--2--$1,579$3,1581Indican Pictures
44Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$2,629--1--$2,629$96,27714Variance Films
45The Conquest$2,614-14%40$654$184,69114Music Box Films
46Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,596--2--$1,298$34,60517Zeitgeist Films
47Kill List$2,059-79%42$515$17,1492IFC Films
48The Skin I Live In$1,242-56%6-4$207$3,166,07118Sony Pictures Classics
49Tomboy (2011)$932120%30$311$119,96213Dada Films
50Addiction Incorporated$894-73%2-1$447$23,9709Variance Films
51Domain$862--1--$862$5,6955Strand Releasing
52The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$851-83%21$426$32,1154First Run Features
53Margin Call$743-18%20$372$5,353,58617Roadside Attractions
54Sing Your Song$66615%20$333$29,1105S2BN Films
55The Whale$548377%10$548$69,26723Paladin
56Take Shelter$522-65%4-4$131$1,723,81120Sony Pictures Classics
57Charlotte Rampling: The Look$322-84%20$161$17,58015Kino Lorber
58All's Well Ends Well 2012$319-97%1-9$319$47,5513China Lion Film
59Tyrannosaur$200-70%1-1$200$19,99813Strand Releasing
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$190-98%1-1$190$286,20117Submarine Deluxe
61Crazy Wisdom$102-54%10$102$53,94412Alive Mind Cinema
62Khodorkovsky$82--1--$82$30,11411Kino Lorber
63Windfall$80-96%1-1$80$2,4592First Run Features