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, Jul. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$43,899,340--3,173--$13,835$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$29,800,263--3,595--$8,289$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$16,767,260-54%3,668-301$4,571$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$10,482,760-65%2,85650$3,670$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$9,529,656-46%3,83913$2,482$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$6,052,050-59%3,0620$1,977$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,702,553-52%2,476-748$1,899$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$4,642,329--1,762--$2,635$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$3,454,221-53%2,562-840$1,348$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$2,600,471-45%1,613-616$1,612$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,234,919-43%1,358-811$1,646$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$1,835,238-43%1,077-464$1,704$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$1,574,846-40%1,244-58$1,266$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$1,387,368-58%1,272-1178$1,091$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$2,687,227--361--$7,444$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,761,87351%10773$16,466$4,162,6813IFC Films
3The Fluffy Movie$1,311,446--432--$3,036$1,311,4461Open Road
4Wish I Was Here$1,154,548138%625557$1,847$1,879,7882Focus
5Kick$1,071,373--177--$6,053$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
6America (2014)$903,937-46%760-270$1,189$13,242,5045Lionsgate
7Chef$763,624-31%405-147$1,885$27,262,92612Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$525,411-52%353-249$1,488$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
9Jersey Boys$502,185-58%462-541$1,087$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$483,139-41%387-170$1,248$122,703,9948Fox
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$395,061-44%289-98$1,367$231,272,87010Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$386,819-25%302-24$1,281$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$364,024-66%317-311$1,148$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$271,989-82%321-1170$847$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
15Neighbors (2014)$247,520-2%208-22$1,190$149,489,92512Universal
16Rio 2$221,492-27%230-26$963$130,678,66216Fox
17Blended$207,335-25%223-62$930$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
18Snowpiercer$203,037-55%149-62$1,363$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
19The Amazing Spider-Man 2$175,905-26%187-31$941$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
20Persecuted$169,182-80%384-352$441$1,438,2932Millennium Entertainment
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$136,115-25%163-28$835$258,848,38717Disney
22Million Dollar Arm$104,519-38%140-35$747$36,169,41111Disney
23Heaven is for Real$95,735-25%129-20$742$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
24The LEGO Movie$36,422-14%2020$180$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$412,095--17--$24,241$412,0951Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,78514%410$4,507$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$78,609-37%74-16$1,062$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Obvious Child$77,878-55%63-33$1,236$2,792,2148A24
5I Origins$77,065179%7672$1,014$118,8292Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$69,701-10%180$3,872$3,992,53835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Ida (2014)$66,302-47%48-32$1,381$3,478,25513Music Box Films
8Hubble 3D$58,957-2%140$4,211$45,326,179228Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Belle$54,791-51%58-34$945$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
10Life Itself$48,875-62%77-23$635$657,9554Magnolia Pictures
11Land Ho!$32,176-8%147$2,298$133,9853Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Chef$29,589-7%14-1$2,114$265,6316Cohen Media Group
13Words and Pictures$27,750-33%28-5$991$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$26,581-49%37-9$718$59,000,05721Fox Searchlight
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,4615%58-5$422$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Mood Indigo$24,214-9%75$3,459$62,2442Drafthouse Films
17Venus in Fur$24,086--45--$535$301,6816IFC Films
18The Other Woman (2014)$20,458-43%39-21$525$83,865,72114Fox
19Third Person$18,641-83%35-119$533$854,8996Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,662-12%10-1$1,766$4,775,08945National Geographic
21Yves Saint Laurent$16,077-37%8-3$2,010$242,3585Weinstein Company
2250 to 1$13,139481%73$1,877$821,14719Ten Furlongs
23Under the Sea 3D$11,148-10%8-3$1,394$34,185,775285Warner Bros. / IMAX
24A Five Star Life$9,780-39%10$9,780$36,5352Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$8,979-34%10-1$898$1,826,78816Sony Pictures Classics
26The Rover$8,741-9%110$795$1,077,8487A24
27Under the Skin (2014)$8,144-8%8-1$1,018$2,593,96117A24
28Happy Christmas$7,523--4--$1,881$7,5231Magnolia Pictures
29The Lunchbox$7,31353%82$914$4,202,63222Sony Pictures Classics
30A Master Builder$7,017--1--$7,017$12,9711Abramorama
31A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,632-70%6-3$1,105$125,2576Big World Pictures
32A Coffee in Berlin$6,318-34%91$702$139,0157Music Box Films
33Code Black$6,073-50%6-1$1,012$114,5196Long Shot Factory
34Locke$5,214-29%5-2$1,043$1,351,98114A24
35Fed Up$4,307-27%131$331$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
36God's Not Dead$4,219-34%9-2$469$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
37Come Back to Me$4,156--10--$416$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
38Very Good Girls$4,102--9--$456$4,1021Well Go USA / Tribeca Film
39Siddharth$3,487-68%4-1$872$43,4945Zeitgeist Films
40There’s No Place Like Utopia$3,249-89%10$3,249$39,4012Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Finding Vivian Maier$3,154--4--$789$1,497,63518IFC Films
42Under the Electric Sky$3,087--4--$772$204,1509Focus
43Video Games: The Movie$2,963-77%6-19$494$23,0432Variance Films
44Closed Curtain$2,728-72%51$546$28,0983Variance Films
45Citizen Koch$2,59485%74$371$153,9088Variance Films
46As It Is in Heaven (2014)$2,554381%10$2,554$7,6033Embark Visuals
47The Double (2014)$2,229-24%73$318$190,45312Magnolia Pictures
48Lucky Them$1,962--5--$392$45,9299IFC Films
49A Long Way Down$1,857-63%3-2$619$13,0933Magnolia Pictures
50The Empty Hours$1,615-18%31$538$6,9733Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$1,594781%82$199$23,473,165173Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Cold in July$1,500--3--$500$422,05510IFC Films
53To the Arctic 3D$1,494-32%30$498$14,157,329119Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Breakup Guru$1,474-81%1-2$1,474$208,9595China Lion Film
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,397-79%4-3$349$71,8505Magnolia Pictures
56Redwood Highway$1,330-38%2-1$665$127,89916Monterey Media
57We Are the Best!$1,244-57%2-6$622$171,7049Magnolia Pictures
58Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$978-69%4-6$245$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
59The Hornet's Nest$923190%10$923$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
60Hellion$885--3--$295$51,2877IFC Films
61Jodorowsky's Dune$842-15%2-2$421$646,51219Sony Pictures Classics
62Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$820-6%6-2$137$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
63A Long Way Off$607--1--$607$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment
64The Last Sentence$522-83%1-2$522$47,4916Music Box Films
65Night Moves$463-55%2-1$232$251,8409Cinedigm
66For No Good Reason$28514%10$285$65,50414Sony Pictures Classics
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$230--1--$230$59,40339International Film Circuit
68The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1947%10$194$10,98911First Run Features
69Borgman$15-99%1-4$15$56,4748Drafthouse Films
70Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$8--1--$8$1,6407First Run Features