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. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$40,272,103--3,049--$13,208$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,034,764--3,091--$4,541$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$6,841,800-64%3,11710$2,195$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,544,621-34%3,239-91$1,712$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,404,385-30%3,238-207$1,669$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$3,111,194-25%2,739-294$1,136$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,470,182-39%2,300-435$1,074$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,106,459-33%1,720-521$1,225$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,883,148-22%1,638-407$1,150$62,093,5876Fox
10The World's End$1,308,241-43%1,243-277$1,052$23,972,8574Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,282,655-12%1,006-44$1,275$359,113,97511Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,128,079-49%1,576-943$716$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$792,857-58%1,333-828$595$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$688,132-69%1,378-757$499$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$561,848-65%1,110-792$506$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$4,862,712-40%933216$5,212$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,614,970-31%993-76$1,626$27,701,5248Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$871,680-38%908-257$960$73,450,0807Universal
4The Spectacular Now$704,9503%770355$916$5,737,7207A24
5The Smurfs 2$631,049-30%693-256$911$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
6The Conjuring$599,296-17%676-40$887$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$565,194-24%540-158$1,047$130,226,0588Fox
8The Grandmaster$482,613-53%705-99$685$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
9Turbo$430,5970%353-5$1,220$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$363,260-20%382-214$951$265,455,31413Disney
11Austenland$328,18595%274216$1,198$1,135,6215Sony Pictures Classics
12World War Z$316,843-28%280-94$1,132$201,835,67613Paramount
13Grown Ups 2$293,268-22%294-61$998$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
14The Way, Way Back$290,246-37%421-129$689$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
15In a World...$288,6863%14442$2,005$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$283,131-22%336-14$843$158,298,26312Fox
17Kick-Ass 2$250,480-61%343-319$730$28,556,8805Universal
18The Ultimate Life$241,597-63%4120$586$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
19Pacific Rim$227,525-34%254-53$896$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
20Closed Circuit$216,546-77%413-457$524$5,595,2463Focus
21Jobs$193,026-53%239-263$808$15,883,0525Open Road
22The Lone Ranger$130,944-32%196-35$668$89,008,02711Disney
23Red 2$128,906-21%209-41$617$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
24R.I.P.D.$128,735-20%164-17$785$33,455,8559Universal
25Now You See Me$126,719-35%171-34$741$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
26Fruitvale Station$75,709-30%137-51$553$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
27White House Down$68,425-41%117-51$585$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grand Masti$223,222--64--$3,488$223,2221Eros International
2Short Term 12$155,21066%6337$2,464$511,6344Cinedigm
3The Investigator$93,690--11--$8,517$93,6901Gabriel's Messenger Films
4Adore$63,872-47%52-5$1,228$247,7392Exclusive Media
5Man of Steel$61,017-49%91-110$671$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
6Drinking Buddies$54,13629%2911$1,867$218,3994Magnolia Pictures
7Salinger$43,956-49%40$10,989$157,6732Weinstein Company
8Wadjda$41,253--3--$13,751$116,9201Sony Pictures Classics
9Populaire$38,126143%1512$2,542$61,3532Weinstein Company
10Paranoia$37,106-36%71-107$523$7,254,8815Relativity Media
11Afternoon Delight$33,810-40%3914$867$152,4633The Film Arcade
12Blackfish$32,802-23%44-16$746$1,989,5449Magnolia Pictures
13Chennai Express$30,148-54%30-23$1,005$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
14Ain't Them Bodies Saints$30,019-23%39-5$770$338,7135IFC Films
15Hubble 3D$29,8272%130$2,294$40,676,166183Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Attack$28,388-20%14-2$2,028$1,668,07213Cohen Media Group
17Still Mine$24,59318%233$1,069$1,078,46610IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18Satyagraha$23,851-77%35-44$681$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
19The Act of Killing$22,468359%196$1,183$419,9399Drafthouse Films
20Museum Hours$20,51972%185$1,140$421,22512Cinema Guild
21Epic$15,483-55%31-25$499$107,515,29717Fox
22You Will Be My Son$14,68398%62$2,447$117,4565Cohen Media Group
23Good Ol' Freda$14,627115%76$2,090$22,9572Magnolia Pictures
24Mademoiselle C$14,284--6--$2,381$17,1471Cohen Media Group
25Blue Caprice$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001IFC Films
26Space Station 3D$13,3212%30$4,440$88,986,219596IMAX
27Snake and Mongoose$12,785--6--$2,131$108,3336Rocky Mountain Pictures
28The Croods$11,900-17%20-6$595$187,165,54626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$10,662--3--$3,554$10,6621Icarus Films
30Before Midnight$10,6162%215$506$8,084,23217Sony Pictures Classics
31Jayne Mansfield's Car$9,320--11--$847$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
32Touchy Feely$8,866157%53$1,773$19,6912Magnolia Pictures
33The Patience Stone$8,632-2%7-4$1,233$90,2945Sony Pictures Classics
34Renoir$8,036--3--$2,679$2,282,61825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Unfinished Song$7,868-30%17-4$463$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
36And While We Were Here$7,750--19--$408$7,7501Well Go USA
37Deep Sea 3D$7,4072%80$926$45,872,164394Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Contempt (2013 re-issue)$7,397-11%10$7,397$20,6812Rialto Pictures
39To the Arctic 3D$7,266-7%121$606$13,523,15974Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Hannah Arendt$6,853-31%5-3$1,371$662,37716Zeitgeist Films
41I'm So Excited$6,458-23%91$718$1,351,39912Sony Pictures Classics
42Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,409-12%14-5$458$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
43Prince Avalanche$6,377-22%12-2$531$175,0866Magnolia Pictures
44The Hunt$6,248-44%10-1$625$596,84910Magnolia Pictures
45Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,157--1--$6,157$6,1571Fine Line Media
46Passion$6,092-62%12-1$508$85,7263eOne Films US
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,483-25%9-1$609$22,960,384128Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$5,406-25%8-2$676$33,599,080240Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Una Noche$5,303-50%5-1$1,061$77,1114IFC Films
50Rising From Ashes$4,654351%53$931$26,6007First Run Features
51I Give It a Year$3,5096%51$702$32,5146Magnolia Pictures
52Savannah$3,1096%61$518$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
53Informant$2,947--2--$1,474$2,9471Music Box Films
54Plush$2,843--10--$284$2,8431IM Global / Blumhouse
55The Last Time I Saw Macao$2,838--1--$2,838$2,8381Cinema Guild
56The Wall$2,786--2--$1,393$37,22916Music Box Films
57Red Obsession$2,593-49%31$864$9,9392Area23a / FilmBuff
58Our Nixon$2,548-1%42$637$15,7313Cinedigm
59Il Futuro$2,510-3%32$837$7,0562Strand Releasing
60Love Is All You Need$2,430-62%5-1$486$1,627,87420Sony Pictures Classics
61When Comedy Went to School$2,411-76%4-5$603$153,2417International Film Circuit
62Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,231-5%10$2,231$16,0502Area23a
63More Than Honey$2,100242%20$1,050$71,49714Kino Lorber
64A Hijacking$1,869-6%30$623$409,24813Magnolia Pictures
65Viola$1,690--1--$1,690$17,16110Cinema Guild
66A Band Called Death$1,5692314%21$785$125,85612Drafthouse Films
67Fire in the Blood$1,538-68%32$513$7,9432International Film Circuit
68La Maison de la Radio$1,291-8%10$1,291$4,6592Kino Lorber
69The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,078693%10$1,078$10,1944Kino Lorber
70Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$1,063--1--$1,063$149,94022Kino Lorber
71Europa Report$1,002-71%4-2$251$120,7837Magnolia / Magnet
72Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$954109%30$318$103,43811Magnolia Pictures
73Computer Chess$812175%21$406$94,1169Kino Lorber
74Augustine$742--3--$247$107,11418Music Box Films
75Leviathan (2013)$413-58%1-1$413$74,53229Cinema Guild
76Stories We Tell$296-94%4-5$74$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions
77Approaching Midnight$252177%10$252$2,1203Monterey Media
78I Declare War$226-65%1-2$226$14,3883Drafthouse Films
79Underdogs (2013)$190-62%10$190$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$175-74%2-3$88$20,97615Magnolia Pictures
81Fill the Void$136-95%2-4$68$1,768,31517Sony Pictures Classics
82You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$94-74%21$47$17,68515Kino Lorber