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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$20,244,505--3,277--$6,178$20,244,5051Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,803,425-52%3,7929$4,695$65,090,9252Universal
342 (2013)$10,657,443-40%3,405155$3,130$69,011,8153Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,591,663--2,633--$2,883$7,591,6631Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,726,918-27%3,283-152$2,049$163,151,7016Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,701,825-36%2,707-468$1,368$116,477,9685Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,434,451-44%2,733-669$1,257$27,471,3873Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,863,345-36%2,334-304$1,227$93,171,8176FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,727,243-45%1,58442$1,722$16,252,1145Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,374,685-41%1,848-482$1,285$42,065,0604Universal
11Evil Dead$1,986,168-52%2,186-637$909$51,853,9264Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,810,606-40%1,610-435$1,125$226,258,7458Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,215,891--363--$6,104$2,215,8911Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,152,905191%807723$1,429$2,251,0504Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,096,599-51%942-463$1,164$50,630,9225Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$557,850-62%25971$2,154$2,302,9412Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$460,871-71%370-11$1,246$2,290,1712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Jack the Giant Slayer$420,831100%365110$1,153$63,733,9389Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$379,907-62%611-745$622$25,866,9935Open Road
8Identity Thief$350,610-28%425-55$825$133,160,99012Universal
9The Call$324,055-63%513-464$632$50,727,6887Sony / TriStar
10Silver Linings Playbook$197,626-64%361-506$547$131,422,96824Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$187,024132%25291$742$42,325,85510Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$183,155-72%280-75$654$1,038,4482Anchor Bay Films
13The Sapphires$179,558-30%12612$1,425$1,415,7226Weinstein Company
14Escape From Planet Earth$161,78612%28343$572$55,050,33311Weinstein Company
15Safe Haven$134,035-36%259-66$518$71,088,72311Relativity Media
16Admission$114,603-66%279-206$411$17,692,9046Focus
17Trance$113,194-72%157-286$721$2,119,9914Fox Searchlight
18Arthur Newman$112,788--248--$455$112,7881Cinedigm
19Warm Bodies$101,202-33%190-50$533$66,267,98513Lionsgate / Summit
20Quartet$82,237-47%130-46$633$18,005,35116Weinstein Company
21Life of Pi$80,301-50%131-62$613$124,666,51323Fox
22The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,296-57%185-80$364$22,465,8057Warner Bros. / New Line
2321 And Over$67,18471%13686$494$25,594,1659Relativity Media
24Side Effects (2013)$47,956-84%108-537$444$31,994,08912Open Road
25A Good Day to Die Hard$47,404-50%122-48$389$67,234,78111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Renoir$122,998-13%637$1,952$853,0535IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2To the Wonder$71,430-34%6011$1,191$381,4593Magnolia Pictures
3No (2013)$68,857-41%74-14$931$2,137,08411Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$57,15724%520$1,099$12,297,04154Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$54,846-26%44-4$1,247$800,7577GKIDS
6Hubble 3D$51,808-13%15-1$3,454$37,832,092163Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Spring Breakers$51,493-50%72-50$715$13,941,2517A24
8Upstream Color$48,530-30%4313$1,129$293,5864ERBP
9Camp (2013)$47,679-3%28-4$1,703$293,35510Freestyle Releasing
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,610--25--$1,784$515,5169Methinx Entertainment
11Wreck-It Ralph$35,847-32%80-34$448$189,412,67726Disney
12The Angels' Share$34,76610%2611$1,337$107,1243IFC Films
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,610-8%26-3$1,254$34,034,16819Disney
14The Reluctant Fundamentalist$30,920--3--$10,307$30,9201IFC Films
15In the House$29,028-8%96$3,225$74,9432Cohen Media Group
16Dark Skies$27,730-59%63-28$440$17,343,77510Weinstein / Dimension
17King's Faith$27,648--6--$4,608$27,6481Waking Giants Entertainment
18Born to Be Wild 3D$24,52743%300$818$22,531,773108Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Parental Guidance$24,155-57%61-29$396$77,221,85718Fox
20Kon-Tiki$22,168--2--$11,084$22,1681Weinstein Company
21Blancanieves$20,676-26%12-15$1,723$191,8055Cohen Media Group
22Room 237$20,026-25%21-6$954$223,6985IFC Midnight
23Ek Thi Daayan$19,986-70%470$425$103,3032Eros International
24Starbuck$19,199-26%27-2$711$3,725,9666eOne Films US
25Lore$17,963-23%17-10$1,057$856,60512Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$17,623-2%192$928$32,850,881220Warner Bros. / IMAX
27No Place on Earth$16,458-3%2711$610$98,5984Magnolia Pictures
28At Any Price$16,095--4--$4,024$22,2871Sony Pictures Classics
29Django Unchained$14,660-62%38-39$386$162,789,43218Weinstein Company
30Girl Rising$14,240-86%72-98$198$1,006,6978Gathr Films
31Space Station 3D$13,234-35%30$4,411$87,735,916576IMAX
32Graceland$13,059--15--$871$13,0591Drafthouse Films
33Tai Chi Hero$12,624--7--$1,803$12,6241Well Go USA
34The Gatekeepers$12,272-59%22-28$558$2,342,24813Sony Pictures Classics
35Ginger & Rosa$12,045-51%20-28$602$785,2267A24
36Fists of Legend$11,368-55%8-10$1,421$126,7713CJ Entertainment
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$10,055--2--$5,028$10,0551Variance Films
38Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,527-31%10$9,527$34,8562Kino Lorber
39Hava Nagila (The Movie)$7,62076%7-2$1,089$267,9559International Film Circuit
40Emperor$7,599-71%26-38$292$3,295,6288Roadside Attractions
41Storm Surfers 3D$7,299--2--$3,650$7,2991XLrator Media
42Paradise: Love$6,014--2--$3,007$6,0141Strand Releasing
43Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$5,841-44%10$5,841$24,3332Rialto Pictures
44Searching For Sugar Man$5,287-36%8-5$661$3,648,14540Sony Pictures Classics
45On the Road$4,830-63%17-16$284$717,75319IFC Films
4656 Up$4,810-12%61$802$686,32617First Run Features
47Deep Sea 3D$4,69555%42$1,174$45,518,944374Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,626-42%10$4,626$18,0772Kino Lorber
49Simon Killer$3,02459%53$605$21,3034IFC Films
50Amour$2,999-62%10-9$300$6,731,55219Sony Pictures Classics
51Not Today$2,813-86%3-17$938$147,6993Freestyle Releasing
52Gimme the Loot$2,809-38%70$401$90,8776IFC Films
535 Broken Cameras$2,785--1--$2,785$106,90248Kino Lorber
54Wrong$2,658598%51$532$43,3115Drafthouse Films
55Stoker$2,450-76%9-19$272$1,698,8959Fox Searchlight
56Leonie$2,086-48%3-6$695$44,2887Monterey Media
57Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,994--1--$1,994$18,0028Rialto Pictures
58Settai$1,827-56%1-1$1,827$87,2604UTV Motion Pictures
59A Royal Affair$1,733-73%5-1$347$1,545,72625Magnolia Pictures
60Sound City$1,701--2--$851$404,63513Variance Films
61Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,652-73%5-4$330$334,02114Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,580-41%1-2$1,580$17,8025Kino Lorber
63Koch$1,389-46%1-1$1,389$336,32413Zeitgeist Films
64A Place at the Table$1,014-80%7-4$145$221,1129Magnolia Pictures
65Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$982-78%2-2$491$20,4194First Run Features
66Hunky Dory$814--2--$407$18,0856Variance Films
67The Well-Digger's Daughter$774--1--$774$386,36841Kino Lorber
68If I Were You$700233%10$700$9,2227Kino Lorber
69Kai Po Che$534-42%20$267$1,122,52710UTV Motion Pictures
70Leviathan (2013)$423-75%1-3$423$53,9579Cinema Guild
71Wagner & Me$413--1--$413$37,74521First Run Features
72Herman's House$385-89%21$193$4,5082First Run Features
73The Silence$232-69%1-2$232$78,3638Music Box Films
74Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$227--1--$227$1,5214Music Box Films
75The Pirogue$165--1--$165$11,16514ArtMattan Productions
76La Playa D.C.$144--1--$144$1441ArtMattan Productions
77A Fierce Green Fire$82-96%1-3$82$26,7899First Run Features