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. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$58,551,063-62%4,1370$14,153$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$33,457,188--3,545--$9,438$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$18,132,085--3,603--$5,032$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$14,830,066-28%3,14827$4,711$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$7,784,645-41%3,264-413$2,385$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$2,029,500-60%2,397-815$847$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,001,906-51%1,239-980$809$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$902,587-54%1,007-780$896$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,272,64381%483359$2,635$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$810,388-40%908-432$892$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$807,236-58%903-1162$894$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$780,050-44%729-601$1,070$123,881,7808Universal
5October Baby$771,498-55%387-3$1,994$3,094,15923IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$677,95216%513259$1,322$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$589,456-50%439-36$1,343$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$460,026-44%308-250$1,494$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$417,645-58%575-613$726$53,076,9347Fox
10The Vow$330,240-61%514-744$642$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$305,672-4%380-131$804$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
12The Artist$279,599-41%315-261$888$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$269,905-68%321-300$841$34,401,7376Lionsgate
14A Separation$220,793-33%199-62$1,110$6,445,73514Sony Pictures Classics
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$206,481-15%222-26$930$132,349,97716Fox
16The Iron Lady$181,934-28%284-43$641$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$176,172-72%325-877$542$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$154,013-22%179-1$860$53,946,9899CBS Films
19Chronicle$133,968-34%198-94$677$63,759,1689Fox
20Hugo$129,704-48%174-109$745$73,688,26419Paramount
21Agent Vinod$119,644-72%1220$981$632,4462Eros International
22We Bought a Zoo$108,224-13%136-19$796$75,279,52215Fox
23Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$107,207-42%150-50$715$209,239,67916Paramount
24The Secret World of Arrietty$104,800-37%183-46$573$18,450,5127Disney
25Big Miracle$96,060-23%170-54$565$20,113,9659Universal
26The Descendants$87,802-40%118-81$744$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
27Wanderlust$74,225-47%116-119$640$17,255,6756Universal
28The Grey$61,399-48%2040$301$51,475,17210Open Road
29Red Tails$59,764-19%101-30$592$49,703,34211Fox
30One For the Money$37,287-49%102-49$366$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$270,49627%4632$5,880$582,4422Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$240,18254%6037$4,003$605,5064Sony Pictures Classics
3Jiro Dreams of Sushi$193,54110%4417$4,399$665,8274Magnolia Pictures
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$164,40933%5019$3,288$338,0162Music Box Films
5The Kid With A Bike$135,30229%3713$3,657$349,1133IFC Films
6Bully (2012)$116,472--5--$23,294$116,4721Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$103,875-3%400$2,597$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Love in the Buff$91,233--10--$9,123$91,2331China Lion Film
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$76,4439099%5957$1,296$47,359,06512Disney
10Hubble 3D$69,91233%19-4$3,680$31,741,956107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Need to Talk About Kevin$67,401-30%67-13$1,006$1,462,67717Oscilloscope
12War Horse$60,649-35%96-74$632$79,781,90715Disney / DreamWorks
13Goon$49,076--31--$1,583$4,049,1101Magnolia / Magnet
14In Darkness$44,576-26%49-2$910$862,2658Sony Pictures Classics
15Pina$43,161-33%33-18$1,308$3,372,44615IFC Films
16Being Flynn$42,268-44%40-33$1,057$480,0255Focus
17Intruders$40,746--33--$1,235$40,7461Millennium Entertainment
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$38,931-34%120$3,244$5,198,114993D Entertainment
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$37,776-28%55-31$687$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
20Gone$34,179-56%61-122$560$11,586,8166Summit
21Undefeated$31,73416%16-1$1,983$424,2827Weinstein Company
22Under the Sea 3D$28,097-19%142$2,007$30,990,917164Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$24,180-50%30-44$806$43,271,5878Fox
24The Salt of Life$24,118260%106$2,412$147,9295Zeitgeist Films
25Thin Ice$24,068-15%30-9$802$691,8467IDP/ATO Pictures
26Albert Nobbs$22,486-26%29-15$775$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
27W.E.$19,1483%213$912$490,7919Weinstein Company
28Coriolanus$18,245-20%16-3$1,140$599,64511Weinstein Company
29Detachment$17,175--15--$1,145$45,2523Tribeca Film
30Boy$16,8518%92$1,872$115,4435Paladin
31The Island President$13,998--2--$6,999$17,9031IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Rampart$13,635-55%30-37$455$856,6708Millennium Entertainment
33Shame$13,273-8%14-2$948$3,968,51818Fox Searchlight
34Gerhard Richter Painting$11,394-48%5-1$2,279$83,2903Kino Lorber
35Musical Chairs$10,62517%123$885$23,7662Paladin
36Turn Me On, Dammit!$10,145--2--$5,073$10,1451New Yorker Films
37The Muppets$8,464-32%21-14$403$88,625,92219Disney
38A Dangerous Method$7,885-73%20-27$394$5,673,60719Sony Pictures Classics
39My Week with Marilyn$7,252-45%12-32$604$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
40The Flowers of War$6,718--3--$2,239$291,94511Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$6,7001437%10$6,700$12,3624The Film Desk
42The Women on the 6th Floor$5,531-10%4-1$1,383$674,61026Strand Releasing
43Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$4,568-28%11-3$415$188,3395Magnolia Pictures
44Seeking Justice$3,871-88%8-66$484$410,8193Anchor Bay Films
45On the Ice$3,852306%21$1,926$55,6347PMK*BNC
46Natural Selection$3,683-14%31$1,228$23,2273Cinema Guild
47Let The Bullets Fly$3,438-55%3-4$1,146$56,6735Variance Films
48Carnage (2011)$3,139-1%123$262$2,540,64116Sony Pictures Classics
49The Forgiveness of Blood$3,113-51%6-3$519$113,5186IFC Films
50Free Men$3,077-68%2-2$1,539$30,9023Film Movement
514:44 Last Day on Earth$2,971-64%1-2$2,971$15,7382IFC Films
52The Trouble with Bliss$2,160-53%21$1,080$7,83427A Productions
53Le Havre$2,018445%32$673$607,52124Janus Films
54The FP$1,892-64%5-3$378$33,7773Drafthouse Films
55Addiction Incorporated$1,721238%10$1,721$39,97416Variance Films
56Love$1,670-52%1-3$1,670$307,4047China Lion Film
57Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,639--2--$820$91,64513Cinema Guild
58Sing Your Song$1,532157%20$766$42,58912S2BN Films
59The Turin Horse$1,481-44%1-1$1,481$35,5788Cinema Guild
60The Beat Hotel$1,458--1--$1,458$1,4581First Run Features
61I Kissed A Vampire$1,380--11--$125$1,3801Monterey Media
62Starry, Starry Night$1,013-56%21$507$4,3752China Lion Film
63Ranchero$987--1--$987$21,15038Indican Pictures
64Around June$956-48%10$956$9,1023Indican Pictures
65Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$933-83%2-4$467$899,63639International Film Circuit
66Attenberg$813--1--$813$9,8394Strand Releasing
67The Understudy$630-69%10$630$8,6693Indican Pictures
68Falling Away$612-55%10$612$10,6305Indican Pictures
69Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$608--1--$608$302,29024Submarine Deluxe
70Sound of Noise$538-91%1-4$538$23,1584Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$507-84%2-2$254$7,0223Monterey Media
72Kung Fu Joe$392-2%10$392$14,7528Indican Pictures
73The Fairy$338-40%10$338$7,3116Kino Lorber
74Khodorkovsky$27770%10$277$39,05418Kino Lorber
75Windfall$246--1--$246$5,0979First Run Features
76Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$98--1--$98$3,9825First Run Features