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, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,926,068-13%4,1000$7,787$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,122,888--3,010--$10,008$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$27,281,735--2,814--$9,695$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,554,053--3,367--$4,323$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$13,604,191-11%3,3520$4,059$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$12,501,0608%2,9141$4,290$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$7,337,36233%1,966-327$3,732$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,547,46224%2,4310$2,693$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,447,43735%2,6180$2,463$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,892,291-15%2,055-976$2,381$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,531,824-7%1,637-728$2,768$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,780,269-6%1,178-572$3,209$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,359,289-10%1,191-809$1,981$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,079,314129%745374$5,476$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,26511%8400$2,857$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,855,2132%913-531$2,032$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$1,003,84912%345-105$2,910$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$563,41979%3010$1,872$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$525,790-21%218-113$2,412$10,705,8667Focus
7Flight$438,479-35%400-342$1,096$91,873,2369Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$378,745-35%349-186$1,085$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$331,65952%252-39$1,316$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Dabangg 2$323,897-68%1660$1,951$2,177,2842Eros International
12Taken 2$243,12719%232-43$1,048$138,897,49413Fox
13Pitch Perfect$158,29521%183-31$865$64,403,57814Universal
14Frankenweenie$132,33690%1780$743$34,704,95813Disney
15Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,047-71%268-583$467$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$92,98821%125-16$744$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
17End of Watch$92,04327%162-10$568$40,754,64615Open Road
18Khiladi 786$1,165-23%1150$10$383,9774Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,69411%84-2$5,115$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$316,415-24%50$63,283$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$182,57627%150$12,172$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$173,915--25--$6,957$173,9151Focus
5Hubble 3D$140,380171%120$11,698$35,755,605146Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$127,240172%520$2,447$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rust and Bone$118,811-6%26-1$4,570$591,8346Sony Pictures Classics
8The Sessions$73,913-19%80-18$924$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
9Amour$62,044-9%30$20,681$219,8192Sony Pictures Classics
10A Late Quartet$55,00814%37-2$1,487$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
11Not Fade Away$54,795186%1916$2,884$95,8072Paramount Vantage
12Born to Be Wild 3D$48,046164%300$1,602$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Killing Them Softly$43,188-62%68-81$635$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,48061%62-10$669$161,130,05625Fox
15Sinister$40,15643%82-11$490$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
16Looper$40,12217%84-16$478$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
17Finding Nemo 3D$37,678110%360$1,047$41,038,87416Disney
18Alex Cross$36,94535%77-17$480$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
19Searching For Sugar Man$32,686108%283$1,167$3,010,16023Sony Pictures Classics
20Cloud Atlas$26,820-33%45-5$596$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
21The Central Park Five$23,04728%16-3$1,440$253,8566IFC Films
22The Other Son$21,470--17--$1,263$1,160,77310Cohen Media Group
23A Royal Affair$21,014-22%32-4$657$624,5128Magnolia Pictures
24The Odd Life of Timothy Green$20,855106%490$426$51,814,67420Disney
25Paranormal Activity 4$20,75271%500$415$53,884,82111Paramount
26Chasing Mavericks$18,248298%2810$652$5,940,99210Fox
27The Intouchables$16,99791%114$1,545$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
28Talaash$15,169-57%16-9$948$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
29The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$14,507-86%150$967$665,4266Warner Bros.
30The Collection$13,510-83%17-95$795$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
31The Master$13,44416%130$1,034$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
32West of Memphis$13,360--5--$2,672$22,3561Sony Pictures Classics
33Brave$12,59271%390$323$237,259,58028Disney
34ParaNorman$8,88066%22-2$404$55,994,55720Focus
35Any Day Now$8,454-64%9-10$939$109,8303Music Box Films
36A Werewolf Boy$8,245-72%3-6$2,748$328,2315CJ Entertainment
37Under the Sea 3D$6,82756%3-3$2,276$32,490,728203Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Arbitrage$6,16072%72$880$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
39The Flat$3,58743%71$512$460,00011IFC Films
40Django (2012 re-issue)$3,047-50%7-1$435$13,3742Rialto Pictures
41My Worst Nightmare$2,922--2--$1,461$10,91511Strand Releasing
42Brooklyn Castle$2,179-36%20$1,090$194,42611Producers Distribution Agency
43Back to 1942$2,138-77%1-4$2,138$308,8715China Lion Film
44North Sea Texas$1,987303%10$1,987$23,9639Strand Releasing
45Deadfall (2012)$1,678-59%6-2$280$61,9684Magnolia Pictures
46Now, Forager$1,471169%10$1,471$9,22813Argot Pictures
475 Broken Cameras$1,260--3--$420$75,60731Kino Lorber
48Starlet$1,250392%10$1,250$78,8168Music Box Films
49The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,135-57%1-2$1,135$382,15824Kino Lorber
50Smashed$890-58%50$178$373,63412Sony Pictures Classics
51Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$70459%20$352$29,7649Zeitgeist Films
52Beware of Mr. Baker$608-26%10$608$52,4675SnagFilms
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$477--1--$477$6,5378APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Somewhere Between$468237%10$468$179,72619Long Shot Factory
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$385--1--$385$5,9944Indican Pictures
56The Waiting Room$268--1--$268$175,74114International Film Circuit
57All Together$184-68%10$184$38,87011Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film