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, Jun. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$54,415,205--3,239--$16,800$54,415,2051Universal
2Magic Mike$39,127,170--2,930--$13,354$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
3Brave$34,094,643-49%4,1640$8,188$131,768,3342Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$25,390,575--2,161--$11,749$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$11,840,276-40%3,715-205$3,187$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$6,009,612-63%3,1091$1,933$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$4,921,254-50%1,951-911$2,522$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$4,498,725-44%2,337-582$1,925$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$4,421,671-38%1,757-473$2,517$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$4,255,423--2,055--$2,071$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$2,978,821-48%1,902-560$1,566$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$2,844,339-63%2,405-1065$1,183$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$2,240,411-71%2,363-667$948$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,069,393-72%1,608-17$665$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,926,83745%854459$5,769$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,104,201-32%534-207$2,068$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$403,480-22%308-175$1,310$63,869,0507Universal
4The Hunger Games$397,145-36%278-136$1,429$403,768,85215Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$393,40651%36563$1,078$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
6Safety Not Guaranteed$379,324-20%16435$2,313$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7Bernie$322,981-34%166-54$1,946$7,263,29510Millennium Entertainment
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$281,737337%284169$992$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,535-25%202-32$765$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$152,401-41%185-53$824$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11The Dictator$151,644-60%130-186$1,166$59,093,6767Paramount
12What to Expect When You're Expecting$135,293-63%203-208$666$40,135,9807Lionsgate
13Mirror Mirror$120,504-23%166-56$726$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1421 Jump Street$88,401-40%141-19$627$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
15The Cabin in the Woods$76,435-45%149-47$513$41,943,44512Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$72,567-36%117-37$620$43,809,32812Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$65,416-46%115-87$569$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
18Chernobyl Diaries$54,859-60%145-95$378$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To Rome with Love$692,30092%2924$23,872$1,232,9722Sony Pictures Classics
2The Intouchables$312,716-10%68-6$4,599$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
3Your Sister's Sister$225,31112%9447$2,397$680,3833IFC Films
4To the Arctic 3D$217,8588%520$4,190$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$169,702--4--$42,426$220,9131Fox Searchlight
6Take This Waltz$137,019--30--$4,567$137,0191Magnolia Pictures
7Teri Meri Kahani$120,857-70%940$1,286$671,4422Eros International
8For Greater Glory$103,541-58%73-87$1,418$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
9Hysteria$79,153-47%73-63$1,084$1,556,5197Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$58,0159%330$1,758$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$57,30715%14-4$4,093$33,338,692120Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$32,711-57%42-22$779$514,8644IFC Films
13A Cat In Paris$29,974186%122$2,498$143,2685GKIDS
14Monsieur Lazhar$28,727-14%20-5$1,436$1,851,67536Music Box Films
15Unforgivable$27,857--5--$5,571$27,8571Strand Releasing
16Headhunters$25,846-32%22-9$1,175$1,043,26510Magnolia Pictures
17Under the Sea 3D$24,57858%121$2,048$31,763,770177Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Raven$22,027-67%78-55$282$15,983,82910Relativity Media
19Chimpanzee$21,521-57%57-25$378$28,579,27311Disneynature
20Ferrari Ki Sawaari$21,458-69%990$217$420,0463Eros International
21Where Do We Go Now?$14,786-13%213$704$432,6688Sony Pictures Classics
22Jiro Dreams of Sushi$12,307-23%11-4$1,119$2,480,09517Magnolia Pictures
23Neil Young Journeys$12,025--3--$4,008$12,0251Sony Pictures Classics
24Elena (2012)$11,010-23%103$1,101$128,5037Zeitgeist Films
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$10,974-43%100$1,097$5,726,2391123D Entertainment
26Lola Versus$10,830-77%30-20$361$240,4374Fox Searchlight
27Crooked Arrows$10,36114%13-12$797$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
28Marley$10,00421%123$834$1,367,90511Magnolia Pictures
29I Wish$9,65825%8-4$1,207$99,0268Magnolia Pictures
30Kumare$7,798-19%21$3,899$34,7632Kino Lorber
31The Invisible War$7,450-55%73$1,064$33,4502Cinedigm
32The Woman in the Fifth$7,026-74%7-4$1,004$99,0923IDP/ATO Pictures
33Damsels in Distress$5,845-58%8-11$731$923,33513Sony Pictures Classics
34Dark Horse$5,165-52%3-5$1,722$62,5914Vitagraph
35Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,950--4--$1,238$98,29714New Yorker Films
36Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$4,788-35%10$4,788$49,8103Music Box Films
37Darling Companion$4,580-64%11-3$416$767,20311Sony Pictures Classics
38FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,577-29%5-2$915$101,6399International Film Circuit
39God Bless America$3,86316%83$483$117,1908Magnolia / Magnet
40Grassroots$3,313-49%21$1,657$10,7982IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Paul Williams Still Alive$3,142-69%20$1,571$30,6044Abramorama
42Footnote$3,081-78%5-17$616$2,004,73617Sony Pictures Classics
43Bel Ami$3,065-73%6-7$511$102,1944Magnolia Pictures
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,025-48%30$1,008$43,8987Magnolia / Magnet
45Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$2,774-92%1-15$2,774$288,3123Indomina Media
46Gerhard Richter Painting$2,239-65%2-2$1,120$228,60816Kino Lorber
47OC87$2,188153%31$729$33,9556Fisher Klingenstein Films
48Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,15349%41$538$14,6215First Run Features
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$2,083-63%1-2$2,083$128,6918Rialto Pictures
50Rowdy Rathore$1,865-84%2-7$933$775,9815UTV Communications
51Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,602--3--$534$10,9537Music Box Films
52Corpo Celeste$1,374--1--$1,374$7,6654Film Movement
53The Turin Horse$1,250102%20$625$52,22521Cinema Guild
54The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,246-74%2-5$623$1,099,32415Music Box Films
55Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,175--1--$1,175$6,3817First Run Features
56Oslo, August 31st$1,082-81%1-3$1,082$60,7226Strand Releasing
57Last Ride$838--1--$838$8381Music Box Films
58Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$795-48%20$398$14,2275First Run Features
59Hide Away$78070%10$780$26,3666Joule Films
60How To Grow A Band$763--12--$64$12,45112International Film Circuit
61Here$560-24%21$280$26,46412Strand Releasing
62Lost Bohemia$447--1--$447$19,76759Impact Partners
63Elles$419--1--$419$142,03610Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$378--1--$378$16,0288Strand Releasing
65The Raid: Redemption$145-88%3-3$48$4,104,90915Sony Pictures Classics
665 Broken Cameras$135-98%1-5$135$48,6435Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$75-89%1-2$75$17,2858First Run Features