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, Nov. 15 - Sun, Nov. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$36,586,016-57%3,8410$9,525$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$30,107,555--2,024--$14,875$30,107,5551Universal
3Last Vegas$8,439,544-24%3,237155$2,607$46,532,5273CBS Films
4Free Birds$8,106,151-27%3,510-226$2,309$42,024,3563Relativity Media
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,421,536-34%3,1903$2,327$89,953,1744Paramount
6Gravity$6,104,096-28%2,560-160$2,384$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$6,017,337-41%3,236-171$1,859$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
812 Years a Slave$4,604,706-31%1,411267$3,263$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$4,385,218-23%2,626-20$1,670$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$3,340,625-30%1,28080$2,610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,975,559-29%1,645-191$1,201$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$1,751,359174%184149$9,518$3,012,2953Focus
2Ram-Leela$1,449,174--204--$7,104$1,449,1741Eros International
3All Is Lost$916,761-19%48384$1,898$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
4Carrie (2013)$560,206-56%933-579$600$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Escape Plan$549,752-35%687-362$800$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$502,536-21%393-36$1,279$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 2$417,850-12%305-5$1,370$365,943,52020Universal
8The Counselor$352,433-57%481-541$733$16,584,6844Fox
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$264,4816%10837$2,449$1,141,4664IFC Films
10Prisoners$241,65935%355130$681$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
11We're the Millers$219,343-19%303-55$724$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
12Planes$184,509-16%246-15$750$89,883,32815Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$153,469-8%215-1$714$67,924,68315Fox
14Krrish3$139,696-73%2080$672$2,123,3333Eros International
15Elysium$117,457-29%181-11$649$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$99,534-29%176-38$566$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
17Rush (2013)$94,975-23%131-33$725$26,903,7099Universal
18Insidious Chapter 2$94,686-33%167-62$567$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
19Monsters University$90,011-30%145-13$621$268,317,68122Disney
20Baggage Claim$58,139-41%108-27$538$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$420,532300%2925$14,501$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$140,401--4--$35,100$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3Kill Your Darlings$119,12143%7139$1,678$489,2145Sony Pictures Classics
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$118,370112%55-19$2,152$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
5The Saratov Approach$90,589-4%410$2,209$1,247,0786Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$76,537-14%85-1$900$203,9052Main Street Films
7The Christmas Candle$68,655--5--$13,731$68,6551EchoLight Studios
8Blue Jasmine$63,433-23%52-8$1,220$32,616,61317Sony Pictures Classics
9Don Jon$61,019-41%48-44$1,271$24,194,5418Relativity Media
10Diana$54,991-39%83-17$663$298,1333eOne Films US
11Grown Ups 2$54,665-36%91-20$601$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$47,853-10%88-6$544$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
13Muscle Shoals$44,32429%449$1,007$568,6128Magnolia Pictures
14Hubble 3D$43,684-2%12-2$3,640$41,268,854192Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Armstrong Lie$41,15642%1813$2,286$81,2862Sony Pictures Classics
16Turbo$38,508-27%53-9$727$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$37,357-18%65-12$575$132,481,84317Fox
18Wadjda$32,888-43%40-19$822$1,287,21010Sony Pictures Classics
19Instructions Not Included$31,102-15%47-5$662$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Pulling Strings$30,550-39%760$402$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Great Beauty$23,442--1--$23,442$23,4421Janus Films
22Runner Runner$23,278-42%76-43$306$19,285,2217Fox
23The Fifth Estate$16,26538%8057$203$3,240,5475Disney / DreamWorks
24Austenland$14,365-43%26-37$553$2,109,78114Sony Pictures Classics
25The Family (2013)$13,456-40%30-27$449$36,648,64510Relativity Media
26In a World...$12,7331%9-9$1,415$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
27Space Station 3D$12,109-47%4-1$3,027$89,385,109605IMAX
28Spinning Plates$11,606-10%60$1,934$76,4264The Film Arcade
29Inequality for All$11,438-52%20-17$572$1,147,1178RADiUS-TWC
30Grace Unplugged$11,364-41%29-8$392$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
31Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,32261%298$356$1,142,6106Relativity Media
32Faust$10,030--2--$5,015$13,1391Leisure Time Features
33The Heat$9,204-14%27-1$341$159,545,15721Fox
34Reaching for the Moon$9,161-37%20$4,581$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
35Short Term 12$8,930185%1510$595$981,96413Cinedigm
36To the Arctic 3D$8,905-3%9-3$989$13,647,39983Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$8,77521%42$2,194$31,9273Zeitgeist Films
38Charlie Countryman$7,973--15--$532$7,9731Millennium Entertainment
39Deep Sea 3D$7,921-17%2-1$3,961$45,966,654403Warner Bros. / IMAX
40How I Live Now$7,371-74%21-47$351$52,4712Magnolia Pictures
41Go for Sisters$7,35523%20$3,678$16,0302Variance Films
4220 Feet from Stardom$6,57427%73$939$4,763,86723RADiUS-TWC
43God Loves Uganda$5,594132%30$1,865$34,1506Variance Films
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5114%113$501$23,087,050137Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Ghosts in Our Machine$5,228-40%21$2,614$16,0452Ghosts Media Inc.
46Museum Hours$4,30229%1-1$4,302$543,83621Cinema Guild
47Running From Crazy$4,024-68%3-2$1,341$31,7613Vitagraph Films
48Under the Sea 3D$3,9281%94$436$33,668,016249Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The World's End$3,795-41%8-1$474$25,989,73313Focus
50Escape From Tomorrow$3,413238%2-1$1,707$169,7196Producers Distribution Agency
51The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,11044%30$1,037$56,6088Rialto Pictures
52The Way, Way Back$3,069-18%6-1$512$21,501,09820Fox Searchlight
53Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,802-14%2-1$1,401$28,4494Cinepix
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,708-2%20$1,354$36,43910Icarus Films
55The Act of Killing$2,31376%20$1,157$449,91818Drafthouse Films
56A Touch of Sin$2,06937%51$414$86,0877Kino Lorber
57When Comedy Went to School$2,032-57%2-1$1,016$223,59116International Film Circuit
58I Am Divine$1,870-79%2-5$935$37,0996The Film Collaborative
59Let the Fire Burn$1,733-52%3-2$578$46,9987Zeitgeist Films
60Fire in the Blood$1,512--2--$756$15,04811International Film Circuit
61The Patience Stone$1,5070%30$502$147,29314Sony Pictures Classics
62Good Ol' Freda$1,377-36%93$153$134,11511Magnolia Pictures
63The Spectacular Now$1,316-76%8-4$165$6,850,01316A24
64The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,293-80%41$323$56,29913Kino Lorber
65Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,217--1--$1,217$5,9703International Film Circuit
66Terms and Conditions May Apply$8929%1-1$892$53,02619Variance Films
67Rising From Ashes$862235%21$431$36,75416First Run Features
68Big Sur$826-78%1-4$826$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment
69Drinking Buddies$759-25%3-1$253$342,93613Magnolia Pictures
70Prince Avalanche$566-13%30$189$204,95115Magnolia Pictures
71Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$552-30%10$552$13,7106First Run Features
72Camille Claudel 1915$466-40%20$233$20,8255Kino Lorber
73Zaytoun$378--1--$378$42,2869Strand Releasing
74Il Futuro$280-78%1-2$280$13,98311Strand Releasing
75Mr. Nobody$88-81%1-1$88$2,9813Magnolia Pictures
76Best Man Down$60-95%1-1$60$1,8422Magnolia Pictures