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, Mar. 23 - Sun, Mar. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$152,535,747--4,137--$36,871$152,535,7471Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$20,471,187-44%3,1210$6,559$70,222,5152Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$13,182,045-42%3,677-92$3,585$177,412,0554Universal
4John Carter$5,073,832-63%3,212-537$1,580$62,407,2123Disney
5Act of Valor$2,041,362-45%2,219-546$920$65,921,0865Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,950,154-46%1,787-108$1,091$14,950,3223Paramount
7Project X (2012)$1,931,336-52%2,065-857$935$51,733,4844Warner Bros.
8Safe House$1,403,035-48%1,330-590$1,055$122,582,3507Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,357,412-43%1,340-595$1,013$97,139,5017Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$985,981-54%1,188-472$830$52,270,7186Fox
11The Vow$841,576-60%1,258-917$669$122,776,3507Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$639,958-70%1,202-922$532$11,962,7313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1October Baby$1,697,130--390--$4,352$1,896,57222IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2Casa de mi Padre$1,181,943-48%47593$2,488$4,030,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$853,046-38%621-395$1,374$33,952,5895Lionsgate
4Friends With Kids$822,842-43%558-82$1,475$5,519,5233Roadside Attractions
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$702,60253%12462$5,666$1,628,8023CBS Films
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$586,909-31%2540$2,311$1,774,2672Paramount Vantage
7The Artist$474,532-55%576-579$824$43,037,87018Weinstein Company
8Agent Vinod$427,043--122--$3,500$427,0431Eros International
9A Separation$331,715-30%261-21$1,271$6,078,03913Sony Pictures Classics
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$318,834-63%511-513$624$50,350,1136Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$254,368-40%327-129$778$29,100,07913Weinstein Company
12Hugo$250,545-49%283-100$885$73,437,94718Paramount
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$243,324-12%248-38$981$132,017,31215Fox
14Chronicle$203,103-58%292-140$696$63,530,1388Fox
15The Woman in Black$198,250-18%180-125$1,101$53,749,2098CBS Films
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$183,482-23%200-29$917$209,065,11915Paramount
17The Secret World of Arrietty$167,416-31%229-75$731$18,274,3296Disney
18The Descendants$145,849-50%199-148$733$82,278,71719Fox Searchlight
19Wanderlust$141,030-73%235-463$600$17,115,6505Universal
20Big Miracle$124,315-5%224-12$555$19,966,2308Universal
21We Bought a Zoo$124,259-12%155-33$802$75,105,21314Fox
22The Grey$118,933-22%204-15$583$51,359,0589Open Road
23War Horse$93,429-28%170-30$550$79,667,04114Disney / DreamWorks
24Gone$77,006-71%183-293$421$11,527,3055Summit
25Red Tails$74,180-19%131-21$566$49,600,63010Fox
26One For the Money$73,82917%15139$489$26,300,8219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$213,785--14--$15,270$213,7851Sony Pictures Classics
2Jiro Dreams of Sushi$175,16292%2721$6,487$381,5553Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$155,601132%2317$6,765$319,6863Sony Pictures Classics
4Kahaani$136,753-48%48-5$2,849$824,4053Viva Entertainment
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$123,841--31--$3,995$123,8411Music Box Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$106,687-18%400$2,667$17,460,70151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kid With A Bike$104,567128%2421$4,357$169,7192IFC Films
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$96,538-4%8015$1,207$1,348,90116Oscilloscope
9Being Flynn$75,653-48%73-15$1,036$402,9114Focus
10Pina$64,268-25%51-4$1,260$3,285,78314IFC Films
11In Darkness$60,017-18%51-1$1,177$793,7517Sony Pictures Classics
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$58,93222%120$4,911$5,126,760983D Entertainment
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$52,824-38%86-39$614$186,764,25815Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$52,544-3%233$2,285$31,608,079106Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,722-66%74-82$658$43,171,4637Fox
16Under the Sea 3D$34,516-21%120$2,876$30,933,371163Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Seeking Justice$32,064-87%74-157$433$390,5712Anchor Bay Films
18Rampart$30,600-59%67-39$457$834,7067Millennium Entertainment
19Albert Nobbs$30,307-1%44-4$689$2,895,0689Roadside Attractions
20A Dangerous Method$29,604-21%47-12$630$5,651,91818Sony Pictures Classics
21Thin Ice$28,477-13%39-2$730$652,5396IDP/ATO Pictures
22Undefeated$27,450-48%17-4$1,615$379,0106Weinstein Company
23Coriolanus$22,711-33%19-2$1,195$569,72210Weinstein Company
24Gerhard Richter Painting$21,88762%65$3,648$54,2132Kino Lorber
25Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,079-52%50-55$402$31,836,74514Warner Bros.
26W.E.$18,673-30%18-2$1,037$462,0188Weinstein Company
27Chico & Rita$18,335-51%231$797$283,0077GKIDS
28Boy$15,569--7--$2,224$92,7674Paladin
29Shame$14,463-4%16-2$904$3,946,34317Fox Searchlight
30My Week with Marilyn$13,269-50%44-6$302$14,581,67718Weinstein Company
31The Muppets$12,381-44%35-17$354$88,605,09218Disney
32Free Men$9,5485%42$2,387$22,5782Film Movement
33Musical Chairs$9,092--9--$1,010$9,0921Paladin
344:44 Last Day on Earth$8,355--3--$2,785$8,3551IFC Films
35Let The Bullets Fly$7,70915%71$1,101$50,3864Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,8429%10$6,842$31,9313Janus Films
37The Salt of Life$6,708-72%4-9$1,677$119,2524Zeitgeist Films
38The Forgiveness of Blood$6,348-8%90$705$106,6515IFC Films
39Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$6,313-45%14-12$451$181,2944Magnolia Pictures
40The Women on the 6th Floor$6,12611%51$1,225$665,65325Strand Releasing
41Sound of Noise$6,072507%54$1,214$18,1223Magnolia Pictures
42Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,5952%63$933$894,95838International Film Circuit
432012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$5,554-23%8-2$694$1,698,8157Shorts International
44The FP$5,215-66%8-20$652$27,7862Drafthouse Films
45The Trouble with Bliss$4,618--1--$4,618$4,61817A Productions
46Brake$4,330--2--$2,165$4,3301IFC Films
47Natural Selection$4,300-59%21$2,150$16,9542Cinema Guild
48Love$3,444-37%4-1$861$303,8886China Lion Film
49Reuniting The Rubins$3,209337%42$802$4,4252Monterey Media
50Carnage (2011)$3,168-45%9-4$352$2,531,77715Sony Pictures Classics
51The Turin Horse$2,646--2--$1,323$33,7877Cinema Guild
52Starry, Starry Night$2,312--1--$2,312$2,3121China Lion Film
53The Understudy$2,014-12%1-1$2,014$6,4222Indican Pictures
54Around June$1,846-40%1-1$1,846$6,8282Indican Pictures
55Falling Away$1,372193%10$1,372$9,1504Indican Pictures
56Young Goethe In Love$1,199--2--$600$152,47221Music Box Films
57My Reincarnation$1,148--1--$1,148$90,43722Long Shot Factory
58On the Ice$94828%1-1$948$50,6696PMK*BNC
59This Is Not A Film$920-35%10$920$38,6254Palisades Tartan
60Beauty and the Beast 3D$831-71%2-3$416$47,281,07411Disney
61The Skin I Live In$79225%21$396$3,185,19324Sony Pictures Classics
62Sing Your Song$596-88%20$298$40,36711S2BN Films
63The Fairy$560--1--$560$6,6825Kino Lorber
64Addiction Incorporated$509-63%1-3$509$37,50115Variance Films
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$436-13%10$436$3,3423The Film Desk
66Kung Fu Joe$40261%10$402$13,7907Indican Pictures
67Le Havre$370-84%1-3$370$602,16323Janus Films
68The Whale$266--1--$266$76,44729Paladin
69Khodorkovsky$163--1--$163$38,62017Kino Lorber