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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,809,249-32%3,95117$5,520$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,201,345-57%3,49020$5,502$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,844,939--3,115--$5,729$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,615,305-33%3,18370$3,335$68,805,1153Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,075,111--1,896--$4,259$8,075,1111Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,701,309-29%3,040-250$2,533$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,528,497-47%2,990-281$1,849$51,003,2053Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,147,743-27%1,466-194$1,465$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,062,783-33%1,594-407$1,294$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,730,343-43%1,566-782$1,105$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,377,295-32%1,024-299$1,345$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,988,351--291--$6,833$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,222,892-42%925-140$1,322$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$854,351-58%965-749$885$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$670,063-59%624-450$1,074$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$608,422-42%503-102$1,210$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$588,026-63%671-987$876$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$547,289-39%320-64$1,710$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$482,32048%405-85$1,191$62,090,8759Open Road
9The Wind Rises$431,508-52%305-191$1,415$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$420,936-38%502-168$839$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$413,159-40%286-73$1,445$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$369,034-40%281-31$1,313$26,772,38620Focus
13Lone Survivor$268,585-36%316-156$850$124,572,47612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$248,215-28%277-56$896$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,25073%268135$766$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Tim's Vermeer$201,89419%10944$1,852$994,2587Sony Pictures Classics
17Endless Love (2014)$152,885-62%278-258$550$23,393,7655Universal
18Her (2013)$150,628-43%121-34$1,245$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$133,17020%15245$876$50,280,8149Paramount
20That Awkward Moment$129,506-41%122-66$1,062$25,844,2277Focus
21August: Osage County$105,089-16%2037$518$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
22Repentance$103,721-65%126-31$823$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Saving Mr. Banks$76,484-18%107-21$715$83,112,86214Disney
24Nebraska$75,224-59%120-60$627$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage
25Thor: The Dark World$50,751-45%100-48$508$206,246,28719Disney
26Shaadi Ke Side Effects$11,592-93%1080$107$911,8533Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,638,041348%6662$55,122$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Journey to the South Pacific$123,49620%170$7,264$1,227,81016IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Bad Words$113,301--6--$18,884$113,3011Focus
4Jerusalem 3D$111,25313%291$3,836$3,016,17826National Geographic
5The Great Beauty$98,254-37%74-3$1,328$2,608,78018Janus Films
6Particle Fever$89,633109%1411$6,402$178,8872Abramorama / Bond 360
7The Lunchbox$88,921-23%185$4,940$306,3473Sony Pictures Classics
8Gloria (2014)$82,865-29%75-1$1,105$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$56,18326%16-2$3,511$42,919,547209Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,974-32%88-45$636$58,114,69112Fox
11The Face of Love$51,872110%2017$2,594$85,1712IFC Films
12I, Frankenstein$48,140-31%76-16$633$19,059,0188Lionsgate
13Better Living Through Chemistry$46,435--61--$761$46,4351IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$46,233-6%3714$1,250$187,4874IFC Films
15Le Week-End$43,608--3--$14,536$43,6081Music Box Films
16The Art of the Steal (2014)$40,003--60--$667$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
17Ernest & Celestine$39,556261%93$4,395$71,4423GKIDS
18Walking With Dinosaurs$38,031-50%98-66$388$35,981,74913Fox
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,761-20%74-37$510$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
20Stalingrad (2014)$32,788-71%70-73$468$960,2303Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$29,506-19%47-2$628$21,401,37419Fox
22The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$23,202-60%16-42$1,450$2,338,7027ShortsHD
23Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,235-86%50-254$425$127,343,68013Paramount
24Winter's Tale$19,997-40%50-32$400$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
25Stranger By the Lake$19,768-14%164$1,236$285,1738Strand Releasing
26Blue Jasmine$17,515-42%27-9$649$33,386,09834Sony Pictures Classics
27Enemy$16,161--1--$16,161$16,1611A24
28Labor Day (2013)$14,971-66%42-42$356$13,362,3087Paramount
29To the Arctic 3D$13,49820%8-2$1,687$13,884,319100Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Generation War$12,014106%60$2,002$74,0599Music Box Films
31Delivery Man$11,926-53%28-26$426$30,659,81717Disney / DreamWorks
32Like Father, Like Son (2014)$11,463-46%23-12$498$278,4429IFC Films
33The Past$11,418-47%23-9$496$1,293,16813Sony Pictures Classics
34The Invisible Woman$11,127-36%18-1$618$1,176,73112Sony Pictures Classics
35On My Way$10,536--1--$10,536$10,5361Cohen Media Group
3620 Feet from Stardom$9,853-61%18-37$547$4,929,60940RADiUS-TWC
37Devil's Due$8,653-47%15-11$577$15,818,9679Fox
38Child's Pose$8,62847%84$1,079$50,6544Zeitgeist Films
39Free Birds$8,340-75%32-42$261$55,747,72420Relativity Media
40Under the Sea 3D$8,07815%50$1,616$33,791,554266Warner Bros. / IMAX
41When Comedy Went to School$7,9851%6-1$1,331$348,74333International Film Circuit
42Big Men$7,539--1--$7,539$7,5391Abramorama
43Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,256-16%23-19$315$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
44The Retrieval$7,232--1--$7,232$7,2321Variance Films
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,7961%114$618$95,0906Kino Lorber
46Born to Be Wild 3D$5,42986%70$776$23,211,742154Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Grand Piano$4,99468%75$713$9,8922Magnolia / Magnet
48Beijing Love Story$4,858-61%4-2$1,215$423,9565China Lion Film
49Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$4,749--1--$4,749$47,4765Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
50Interior. Leather Bar.$3,848-65%10$3,848$34,26811Strand Releasing
51The Word$3,648--1--$3,648$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
52Vampire Academy$3,508-67%12-20$292$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
53The Rocket (2013)$2,065-77%60$344$48,23610Kino Lorber
54American Mustang$1,935-70%10$1,935$38,7269Vitagraph / Just Media
55Special ID$1,929-69%8-2$241$1,9292Well Go USA
56Highway$1,511-86%1-8$1,511$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures
57A Field in England$1,489--5--$298$30,7166Drafthouse Films
58Journey to the West$1,392-81%3-4$464$11,6952Magnolia / Magnet
59Girl on a Bicycle$1,332-85%1-3$1,332$80,6025Monterey Media
60Visitors$1,328-84%3-10$443$76,6818Cinedigm
61Maidentrip$1,208-69%2-3$604$55,13913First Run Features
62Big Bad Wolves$805-44%2-2$403$31,3919Magnolia / Magnet
63The Right Kind of Wrong$593--1--$593$5931Magnolia Pictures
64In Bloom$584-74%1-3$584$37,22110Big World Pictures
65Cutie and the Boxer$229-27%20$115$199,27431RADiUS-TWC