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, Sep. 14 - Sun, Sep. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$21,052,227--3,012--$6,989$21,052,2271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$16,687,773--2,904--$5,746$16,687,7731Disney
3The Possession$5,766,378-38%2,86026$2,016$41,133,4903Lionsgate
4Lawless$4,348,377-28%3,063-75$1,420$30,270,1313Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$3,146,001-36%2,896-364$1,086$80,405,9805Lionsgate
6ParaNorman$3,092,941-26%2,326-530$1,330$49,389,1875Focus
7The Words$2,861,273-40%2,8010$1,022$9,141,1582CBS Films
8The Bourne Legacy$2,852,475-28%2,170-596$1,315$107,794,1356Universal
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,598,636-29%2,415-302$1,076$46,372,2845Disney
10The Campaign$2,418,163-28%2,002-540$1,208$82,870,3196Warner Bros.
11The Dark Knight Rises$2,182,449-32%1,581-406$1,380$441,053,0789Warner Bros.
122016: Obama's America$1,988,294-40%1,876-141$1,060$30,037,36110Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Hope Springs (2012)$1,825,180-35%1,946-491$938$60,475,2816Sony / Columbia
14Last Ounce of Courage$1,585,994--1,407--$1,127$1,585,9941Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Premium Rush$1,270,910-45%1,339-843$949$18,834,7824Sony / Columbia
16The Cold Light of Day$847,366-54%1,5110$561$3,279,5502Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$2,002,165--197--$10,163$2,002,1651Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$1,061,713--132--$8,043$1,061,7131UTV Communications
3Marvel's The Avengers$593,991-24%442-767$1,344$622,217,21020Disney
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$581,581-30%541-222$1,075$157,893,66310Fox
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$509,343-38%591-340$862$47,342,1307Fox
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$390,093-77%32255$1,211$2,825,4622Paramount
7Sparkle (2012)$381,863-51%494-379$773$24,008,9575Sony / TriStar
8Ted (2012)$378,120-31%411-104$920$217,431,88012Universal
9Robot & Frank$378,101-25%2086$1,818$2,573,0065IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Hit and Run$365,135-66%651-1159$561$13,321,8164Open Road
11The Amazing Spider-Man$355,140-37%328-88$1,083$261,102,26011Sony / Columbia
12Sleepwalk With Me$345,71323%11845$2,930$1,265,0564IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$289,015-24%306-39$944$215,604,24315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Total Recall (2012)$276,506-41%303-199$913$58,074,6257Sony / Columbia
15For A Good Time, Call...$270,44125%10751$2,527$815,4733Focus
16The Intouchables$254,347-16%180-14$1,413$11,940,92217Weinstein Company
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$243,551-32%212-57$1,149$10,660,98412Fox Searchlight
18Step Up Revolution$220,52816%26870$823$34,753,5888Lionsgate / Summit
19Moonrise Kingdom$189,986-17%157-43$1,210$44,931,56917Focus
20Stolen (2012)$183,125--141--$1,299$183,1251Millennium Entertainment
21Celeste and Jesse Forever$145,796-59%152-289$959$2,903,5417Sony Pictures Classics
22Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$103,331-28%160-7$646$65,623,12812Lionsgate
23The Watch$87,693-41%1383$635$34,140,1158Fox
24Magic Mike$49,163-47%115-87$428$113,665,03112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$736,311--5--$147,262$736,3111Weinstein Company
2Samsara$241,20524%6237$3,890$825,6514Oscilloscope
3Searching For Sugar Man$101,263-12%341$2,978$1,042,9708Sony Pictures Classics
4Bachelorette$96,778-47%6013$1,613$349,6312RADiUS-TWC
5To the Arctic 3D$87,18011%520$1,677$8,526,62822Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Queen of Versailles$80,205-23%61-12$1,315$2,135,1619Magnolia Pictures
7To Rome with Love$69,634-35%85-12$819$16,430,98913Sony Pictures Classics
8The Imposter$61,426-10%303$2,048$679,13010Indomina Releasing
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$60,844-26%80-34$761$46,185,49820Fox Searchlight
10Slaughter Creek$49,392--16--$3,087$49,3921Nocturnal Features
11The Apparition$46,248-73%68-208$680$4,836,4144Warner Bros.
12Detropia$42,054141%54$8,411$68,1792Loki Films
13Ruby Sparks$41,713-24%70-6$596$2,435,7658Fox Searchlight
14Keep the Lights On$31,978-42%50$6,396$112,0242Music Box Films
15Wild Horse, Wild Ride$31,500177%2116$1,500$52,2004Screen Media Films
16Safety Not Guaranteed$30,417-13%46-8$661$3,921,38815FilmDistrict
17Hubble 3D$29,62135%16-1$1,851$34,435,550131Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Liberal Arts$27,435--4--$6,859$27,4351IFC Films
192 Days In New York$26,886-47%23-11$1,169$559,5296Magnolia Pictures
20Farewell, My Queen$26,822-28%28-8$958$1,297,05710Cohen Media Group
2110 Years$22,707--3--$7,569$22,7071Anchor Bay Films
22Bangkok Revenge$22,116--22--$1,005$22,1161China Lion Film
23Chicken With Plums$21,855127%1712$1,286$141,8265Sony Pictures Classics
24Cosmopolis$21,829-50%31-14$704$743,6365Entertainment One Films
25Prometheus$21,188-25%34-14$623$126,464,90415Fox
26Little White Lies$20,728-37%140$1,481$172,1194MPI Media
27Born to Be Wild 3D$20,242-18%330$613$20,853,20076Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Compliance$20,075-41%17-4$1,181$268,3485Magnolia Pictures
29Branded$18,159-92%80-227$227$343,0692Roadside Attractions
30Beloved (2012)$13,348-6%60$2,225$119,6085IFC Films
31The Eye of the Storm$12,082-53%92$1,342$49,6572Sycamore Entertainment
32Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$11,751-24%16-8$734$473,1048IFC Films
33Toys in the Attic$11,615-42%14-13$830$38,0332Hannover House
34Bernie$11,175-15%10-8$1,118$9,203,19221Millennium Entertainment
35Red Hook Summer$9,953-64%13-16$766$318,1736Variance Films
36Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,078-51%22-17$413$37,516,01313Fox
37Hello I Must Be Going$8,570-64%20$4,285$40,1092Oscilloscope
38Take This Waltz$7,7805%12-1$648$1,228,36112Magnolia Pictures
39Somewhere Between$7,500--1--$7,500$24,3554Long Shot Factory
40Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$6,598--1--$6,598$6,5981Rialto Pictures
41The Bullet Vanishes$6,539-71%4-9$1,635$109,2113China Lion Film
42Girl Model$5,849-15%54$1,170$14,9432First Run Features
43Step Up to the Plate$5,643--2--$2,822$5,6431Cinema Guild
44The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,150-69%8-5$644$286,8359Kino Lorber
45Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,722229%10$4,722$154,02519Rialto Pictures
46Neil Young Journeys$4,66911%111$424$199,71112Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$4,45513%5-3$891$32,342,268188Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Little Birds$4,027230%21$2,014$16,5903Millenium Entertainment
49360$3,39269%3-2$1,131$97,7797Magnolia Pictures
50Mugamoodi$3,369-75%3-14$1,123$98,1103UTV Communications
51Death by China$3,292--3--$1,097$19,8795Area23a
52Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,252--4--$813$151,39937Cinema Guild
53Unforgivable$3,173-76%4-2$793$141,80912Strand Releasing
54Hysteria$3,109-38%5-2$622$1,787,13318Sony Pictures Classics
55Elena (2012)$3,102205%21$1,551$219,06118Zeitgeist Films
56Painted Skin: The Resurrection$2,965-24%30$988$49,7995Well Go USA
57The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$2,705-94%8-273$338$1,064,2773Kenn Viselman Presents
58Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,044-79%7-15$292$3,367,8886ARC Entertainment
59Planet of Snail$1,563194%21$782$10,6948Cinema Guild
60Oslo, August 31st$1,560-30%1-1$1,560$100,71317Strand Releasing
61[REC] 3: Genesis$1,444-52%4-4$361$5,1862Magnolia / Magnet
625 Broken Cameras$1,280--2--$640$68,33216Kino Lorber
63Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,250182%31$417$83,76514Music Box Films
64The Ambassador$1,244-67%3-5$415$27,5033Drafthouse Films
65OC87$1,14480%1-1$1,144$43,10817Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Neighboring Sounds$1,130-59%21$565$40,3774Cinema Guild
67China Heavyweight$1,086--3--$362$10,48111Zeitgeist Films
68Kumare$1,023-80%2-3$512$123,28613Kino Lorber
69Monsieur Lazhar$875--2--$438$2,002,95847Music Box Films
70We Won't Grow Old Together$837--1--$837$9,39515The Film Desk
71Turn Me On, Dammit!$698249%21$349$124,44325New Yorker Films
72Snowman's Land$656--1--$656$6561Music Box Films
73Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$621--1--$621$31,45220New Yorker Films
74Klown$545-5%10$545$68,5598Drafthouse Films
75Joker$386-98%3-40$129$169,1373UTV Communications
76You've Been Trumped$385--2--$193$16,3427International Film Circuit
77Hermano$230-43%3-1$77$29,8584Music Box Films
78The Invisible War$190-73%1-1$190$59,39213Cinedigm