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. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,525,615-58%4,2530$17,053$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$50,085,184--3,535--$14,168$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,001,029-33%3,30316$1,514$41,609,2293Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,611,534--2,041--$2,259$4,611,5341Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,588,209-24%2,930-415$1,566$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$4,114,665-27%2,770-660$1,485$81,906,2804Universal
7The Croods$3,609,028-14%2,650-265$1,362$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,490,362-36%2,298-335$1,084$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$675,942-53%1,007-850$671$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,538,59917%852276$2,980$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,078,233-49%774-386$1,393$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$741,518-38%836-796$887$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$705,333-45%669-493$1,054$20,008,8697Focus
5Jurassic Park 3D$633,935-29%653-327$971$44,752,8456Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$607,403-52%750-1054$810$119,764,2947Paramount
7The Company You Keep$400,501-43%394-147$1,017$4,130,7516Sony Pictures Classics
8Evil Dead$291,266-53%443-516$657$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
9Jack the Giant Slayer$247,325-16%281-54$880$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$192,585-6%279-21$690$133,714,59014Universal
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$186,995-55%278-226$673$51,699,4947Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$156,4523%30111$520$26,366,0367Open Road
13The Sapphires$137,879-6%118-5$1,168$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
14Home Run$131,1872%131-33$1,001$2,722,6414IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15Silver Linings Playbook$123,892-38%323-145$384$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
16Snitch (2013)$117,126-14%188-27$623$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$101,481-18%254-3$400$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
18The Call$92,9840%121-79$768$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
19Admission$70,97882%15643$455$17,873,5168Focus
20Safe Haven$45,170-40%124-45$364$71,281,71013Relativity Media
21Aftershock (2013)$40,179--110--$365$40,1791RADiUS-TWC
22Side Effects (2013)$35,362-47%108-57$327$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Go Goa Gone$170,044--92--$1,848$170,0441Eros International
2Renoir$150,2883%8612$1,748$1,291,5767IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$111,86327%1713$6,580$239,3922Millennium Entertainment
4Kon-Tiki$84,74914%228$3,852$225,4973Weinstein Company
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$73,819-14%4611$1,605$244,2773IFC Films
6Filly Brown$67,927-60%92-112$738$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Shootout at Wadala$61,604-71%890$692$338,4332Eros International
8In the House$61,01330%3412$1,795$222,5454Cohen Media Group
9Hubble 3D$54,234-6%16-2$3,390$38,084,656165Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$50,94761%5032$1,019$124,5343Sony Pictures Classics
11No One Lives$47,798--53--$902$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$44,42312%2319$1,931$106,7802eOne Films US
13To the Arctic 3D$43,9079%520$844$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$40,516-52%4323$942$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Life of Pi$38,928-33%70-29$556$124,817,43025Fox
16The Angels' Share$37,580-4%385$989$217,3945IFC Films
17Love Is All You Need$37,1781%106$3,718$88,1642Sony Pictures Classics
18Quartet$36,143-17%59-27$613$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
19No (2013)$33,6931%39-6$864$2,247,18813Sony Pictures Classics
20From Up on Poppy Hill$29,667-11%37-2$802$897,1119GKIDS
21Stories We Tell$27,053--2--$13,527$27,0531Roadside Attractions
22What Maisie Knew$24,56014%32$8,187$55,7122Millenium Entertainment
23To the Wonder$22,902-37%402$573$505,9485Magnolia Pictures
24Trance$21,836-50%40-46$546$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
25Under the Sea 3D$21,81521%180$1,212$32,915,557222Warner Bros. / IMAX
26A Good Day to Die Hard$18,449-56%50-22$369$67,323,60813Fox
27Born to Be Wild 3D$16,883-12%300$563$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Dark Skies$15,3978%290$531$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
29Ginger & Rosa$15,03315%22-2$683$849,1869A24
30Something in the Air$14,1607%107$1,416$35,1622IFC Films
31King's Faith$14,00035%147$1,000$59,2943Waking Giants Entertainment
32The Gatekeepers$13,10320%191$690$2,376,99115Sony Pictures Classics
3321 And Over$12,153-51%37-45$328$25,675,76511Relativity Media
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$12,098-23%110$1,100$305,77011International Film Circuit
35One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$11,515--1--$11,515$13,5941Zeitgeist Films
36Spring Breakers$11,014-58%16-27$688$14,030,7389A24
37Venus and Serena$10,981--4--$2,745$10,9811Magnolia Pictures
38Space Station 3D$10,465-46%2-3$5,233$87,804,433578IMAX
39Parental Guidance$9,422-29%29-13$325$77,253,08320Fox
40No Place on Earth$7,755-52%10-9$776$139,8936Magnolia Pictures
41The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,700-49%6-4$1,283$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
42Sightseers$7,384--2--$3,692$7,3841IFC Films
43Starbuck$6,978-66%9-19$775$3,777,5708eOne Films US
44Blancanieves$6,643-62%11-4$604$236,3947Cohen Media Group
45Deep Sea 3D$6,54783%53$1,309$45,537,614376Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$6,401316%41$1,600$29,3984Kino Lorber
47Lore$6,369-19%6-2$1,062$884,20714Music Box Films
48The Lords of Salem$5,942-75%15-35$396$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
49Room 237$5,518-60%22-6$251$259,7657IFC Midnight
50Emperor$5,374-36%10-10$537$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
51Not Today$5,27937%52$1,056$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
52Arthur Newman$5,204-60%10-25$520$202,1933Cinedigm
53Post Tenebras Lux$4,8013%10$4,801$16,6222Strand Releasing
54Searching For Sugar Man$4,63849%7-2$663$3,662,32242Sony Pictures Classics
55Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,232-48%3-1$1,411$58,2924Kino Lorber
56Storm Surfers 3D$4,06232%31$1,354$19,7953XLrator Media
57Kiss of the Damned$4,03148%75$576$8,6492Magnolia / Magnet
58Girl Rising$4,0003%6324$63$1,148,29710Gathr Films
59The Painting (2013)$3,627--1--$3,627$3,6271GKIDS
60Tai Chi Hero$3,035-39%2-3$1,518$27,4953Well Go USA
61A Place at the Table$2,69833%5-2$540$230,52211Magnolia Pictures
62Sound City$2,411--3--$804$411,32215Variance Films
63Free the Mind$2,365-81%21$1,183$18,4422International Film Circuit
64An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$2,027-55%20$1,014$21,7743Variance Films
65Leonie$1,815-30%3-1$605$52,1789Monterey Media
66Leviathan (2013)$1,750196%42$438$56,87911Cinema Guild
6756 Up$1,739-32%31$580$693,93019First Run Features
68Camp (2013)$1,568-77%3-9$523$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
69Django Unchained$1,534-65%5-7$307$162,804,64820Weinstein Company
70Amour$1,498-50%4-7$375$6,738,95421Sony Pictures Classics
71Gimme the Loot$1,245-25%6-4$208$97,7688IFC Films
72Dead Man's Burden$1,020-87%10$1,020$9,8142Cinedigm
73Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$968-62%21$484$35,80615First Run Features
74Koch$884-3%1-1$884$339,81215Zeitgeist Films
75M (2013 re-issue)$742--1--$742$27,8429Kino Lorber
76The Silence$663-66%21$332$83,00910Music Box Films
77The Waiting Room$375--1--$375$244,09233International Film Circuit
78Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$370-24%10$370$30,8026Cinema Guild
79Fists of Legend$88-96%1-2$88$134,0655CJ Entertainment
80Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$85--1--$85$22,56017Kino Lorber
81A Fierce Green Fire$63-96%10$63$29,57011First Run Features