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, May. 11 - Sun, May. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$103,052,274-50%4,3490$23,696$373,071,6472Disney
2Dark Shadows$29,685,274--3,755--$7,906$29,685,2741Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$5,816,108-28%2,05242$2,834$81,432,8404Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$4,505,362-19%2,531-263$1,780$387,007,0488Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$4,107,492-23%2,839-166$1,447$53,788,2334Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$3,314,010-34%2,569-372$1,290$24,623,4203Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$3,143,442-43%3,079-279$1,021$23,047,0003Sony / Columbia
8Chimpanzee$1,755,507-29%1,55928$1,126$25,717,4784Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,447,174-46%1,690-581$856$15,717,4293Lionsgate
10The Raven$1,378,847-48%1,888-321$730$14,723,7753Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$1,078,339-41%1,416-758$762$41,153,7695Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$971,465-38%1,029-640$944$39,753,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,672,140263%178151$15,012$3,744,6562Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$1,384,078--322--$4,298$1,384,0781Lionsgate / Pantelion
3John Carter$766,217-49%230-119$3,331$71,726,76210Disney
421 Jump Street$645,109-40%589-451$1,095$135,117,5439Sony / Columbia
5Mirror Mirror$599,617-20%607-315$988$60,993,8867Relativity Media
6American Reunion$432,430-47%521-335$830$56,050,1706Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$432,2451%455-66$950$209,591,93511Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$236,134-18%260-43$908$102,581,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
9Wrath of the Titans$214,933-53%265-450$811$81,990,1687Warner Bros.
10The Artist$188,8411129%751710$251$44,439,47025Weinstein Company
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$188,766-29%200-47$944$8,541,99210CBS Films
12Lockout$180,053-18%255-56$706$14,136,7035Open Road
13Titanic 3D$157,847-57%157-176$1,005$57,614,3106Paramount
14Bully (2012)$134,829-21%2630$513$2,864,0717Weinstein Company
15Safe House$85,015-20%136-39$625$126,149,65514Universal
16A Thousand Words$78,3922%127-13$617$18,292,87010Paramount
17This Means War$67,435-19%132-39$511$54,586,78413Fox
18Damsels in Distress$60,017-60%112-93$536$750,2416Sony Pictures Classics
19The Vow$52,264-29%111-46$471$125,014,03014Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$46,466-20%110-33$422$35,010,19212Lionsgate
21Act of Valor$42,014-43%118-75$356$69,903,95712Relativity Media
22Jeff Who Lives at Home$40,62150%11770$347$4,244,1559Paramount Vantage
23Housefull 2$1,749-83%1210$14$1,591,4586Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$219,41256%3628$6,095$539,9623Millennium Entertainment
2To the Arctic 3D$208,94811%49-1$4,264$1,412,7854Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monsieur Lazhar$127,462-43%77-4$1,655$1,130,48729Music Box Films
4Headhunters$89,05911%247$3,711$262,3083Magnolia Pictures
5First Position$88,74485%2419$3,698$157,8002IFC Films
6Marley$82,014-31%68-5$1,206$918,6534Magnolia Pictures
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$71,192-25%54-19$1,318$2,116,74610Magnolia Pictures
8Darling Companion$65,408-28%6418$1,022$329,6914Sony Pictures Classics
9Footnote$65,080-26%9113$715$1,788,19910Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$61,062-14%340$1,796$18,784,71758Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Sound of My Voice$57,0995%4618$1,241$188,2743Fox Searchlight
12The Road (2012)$56,692--50--$1,134$56,6921Freestyle Releasing
13Taur Mittran Di$49,926--24--$2,080$49,9261Eros Entertainment
14Hubble 3D$49,2051%19-1$2,590$32,567,370113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Vicky Donor$44,996-41%500$900$536,2404Eros International
16Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,31424%23-7$1,492$1,180,9305Code Black Entertainment
17The Kid With A Bike$34,204-45%60-10$570$1,277,6199IFC Films
18We Have a Pope$33,341-4%262$1,282$344,3036IFC Films
19The Perfect Family$30,603114%2519$1,224$53,2272Variance Films
20The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$30,268-33%37-6$818$1,003,8438Music Box Films
21Deadtime (2012)$30,240--18--$1,680$30,2401Nocturnal Features
22Casa de mi Padre$29,702-2%56-12$530$5,895,2389Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Secret World of Arrietty$27,825-22%88-20$316$19,101,97213Disney
24God Bless America$27,308--14--$1,951$27,3081Magnolia / Magnet
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,232-30%120$2,186$5,496,3521053D Entertainment
26Under the Sea 3D$25,035-8%141$1,788$31,383,812170Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Chronicle$24,736-23%51-27$485$64,511,76315Fox
28Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$20,470-18%67-8$306$133,062,41922Fox
29October Baby$20,104-34%51-26$394$5,298,65229IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
30Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$17,101--10--$1,710$17,1011UTV Communications
31The Raid: Redemption$16,835-53%19-24$886$4,044,0698Sony Pictures Classics
32Last Call at the Oasis$16,25183%65$2,709$31,9912IDP/ATO Pictures
33Where Do We Go Now?$15,382--3--$5,127$15,3821Sony Pictures Classics
34Friends With Kids$13,398-17%362$372$7,206,80010Roadside Attractions
35Project X (2012)$12,412-59%40-32$310$54,724,27211Warner Bros.
36A Separation$11,553-48%24-7$481$7,048,55020Sony Pictures Classics
37I Wish$10,919--5--$2,184$10,9191Magnolia Pictures
38Goon$10,43217%11-5$948$4,163,2387Magnolia / Magnet
39Boy$9,31654%6-2$1,553$234,84111Paladin
40Elles$9,270-66%12-1$773$90,2273Kino Lorber
41We Bought a Zoo$8,709-37%28-10$311$75,621,91521Fox
42A Beautiful Soul$7,598-84%16-4$475$54,0082Tyscot Manhaddon Films
43Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$7,526--1--$7,526$7,5261Rialto Pictures
44Red Tails$6,63450%9-3$737$49,866,61417Fox
45Coriolanus$5,712-56%11-7$519$740,16917Weinstein Company
46Gerhard Richter Painting$5,521-46%3-6$1,840$166,6809Kino Lorber
47Otter 501$5,444--3--$1,815$5,4441Paladin
48We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,303-4%10-4$530$1,731,69623Oscilloscope
49Patience (After Sebald)$5,302--1--$5,302$7,9541Cinema Guild
50This Binary Universe$5,028180%20$2,514$5,0282Indican Pictures
51Blue Like Jazz$4,857-53%11-9$442$588,7005Roadside Attractions
52Undefeated$4,775-28%130$367$541,31913Weinstein Company
53Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,464-36%12-5$372$43,453,65614Fox
54Nobody Else But You$3,759--2--$1,880$3,7591First Run Features
55Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,7541301%10$3,754$118,19419Cinema Guild
56Touchback$3,518-53%6-6$586$202,7135Anchor Bay Films
57Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,365124%43$841$61,4467New Yorker Films
58FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$3,325-58%21$1,663$14,2912International Film Circuit
59The Salt of Life$3,104-56%6-4$517$292,50311Zeitgeist Films
60Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$3,087--1--$3,087$3,0871Long Shot Factory
61Goodbye First Love$3,039-25%2-1$1,520$62,8904IFC Films
62The Turin Horse$2,854--3--$951$44,62714Cinema Guild
63In Darkness$2,851-23%11-2$259$1,038,73314Sony Pictures Classics
64Tezz$2,727-89%970$28$229,3743Eros Entertainment
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,599--13--$200$88,9531Magnolia Pictures
66Surviving Progress$2,35778%32$786$27,7346First Run Features
67Bonsai$2,293--1--$2,293$2,2931Strand Releasing
68Tonight You're Mine$2,144--2--$1,072$2,1441Roadside Attractions
69Sleepless Night$2,106--2--$1,053$2,1061Tribeca Film
70The Island President$2,054-14%52$411$72,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
71The Women on the 6th Floor$1,95716%30$652$708,82032Strand Releasing
72The Hunter (2012)$1,910-81%5-9$382$165,4356Magnolia Pictures
73Natural Selection$1,427576%21$714$38,0989Cinema Guild
74Grandmaster$1,412-87%2-7$706$15,0102UTV Communications
75Thin Ice$1,255-51%4-1$314$787,65513IDP/ATO Pictures
76Jesus Henry Christ$1,169--2--$585$15,4004Entertainment One Films
77The Fairy$845-82%2-4$423$22,89312Kino Lorber
78Albert Nobbs$675-74%2-3$338$3,014,54116Roadside Attractions
79Inventing Our Life$654-60%31$218$11,0733First Run Features
80The Whale$595--1--$595$80,01736Paladin
81Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$556-70%10$556$906,66645International Film Circuit
82Reuniting The Rubins$521114%21$261$13,2519Monterey Media
83How To Grow A Band$221--1--$221$9,5035International Film Circuit
84Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$202--1--$202$4,25211First Run Features
85Lost Bohemia$180--1--$180$13,11152Impact Partners
86Keyhole$137-89%1-1$137$15,2916Monterey Media