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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$5,410,4190%3,955--$1,368$76,536,8141Paramount
2Fast Five$2,691,5707%3,66218$735$144,997,6402Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,348,11021%2,904--$464$16,405,6971Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$948,101-13%2,035--$466$17,258,7881Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$640,95624%2,614-206$245$43,242,1853Fox
6Rio (2011)$469,48710%3,258-450$144$116,100,8724Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$253,948-2%1,881-407$135$47,598,8713Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$141,52924%2,5050$56$7,131,7352Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$138,90820%1,781-229$78$37,141,3155Sony / TriStar
10Prom$131,61029%2,7300$48$7,823,3402Disney
11African Cats$118,58721%1,035-189$115$13,112,7553Disneynature
12Insidious$99,668-2%1,001-583$100$50,520,9876FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$88,89419%1,333-888$67$37,083,5894Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$121,18420%930-715$130$51,166,9556Summit
2Hanna$103,48524%748-821$138$37,821,2025Focus
3The Conspirator$61,51915%457-238$135$9,908,0504Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$59,26140%379-459$156$77,107,9648Relativity Media
5Jane Eyre (2011)$51,51918%248-46$208$9,529,0269Focus
6Win Win$49,66631%268-34$185$8,439,0208Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$45,82331%440-279$104$55,628,4558Lionsgate
8HOP$27,06020%902-2274$30$106,407,8706Universal
9Arthur (2011)$26,13038%355-896$74$32,290,4495Warner Bros.
10The Adjustment Bureau$20,42536%215-62$95$62,092,56510Universal
11Rango$20,26619%2770$73$120,463,50310Paramount
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,724-5%464-411$34$1,139,1042Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$15,0939%210136$72$36,217,4577Warner Bros.
14Paul$14,28017%204-20$70$37,240,9058Universal
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,038-2%339-164$41$51,318,1147Fox
16Your Highness$10,66018%164-238$65$21,442,0255Universal
17Red Riding Hood$8,33210%156-53$53$37,538,6559Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,72230%59-10$1,046$4,361,6025Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$21,0210%320$657$24,658,62160Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$11,3962%22--$518$130,1291Summit
4The King's Speech$6,3166%90-95$70$138,659,99524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$4,62613%76-50$61$27,821,04110CBS Films
6Hall Pass$3,7582%67-49$56$45,052,47911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,13225%57-52$55$73,006,58613Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,93522%23-7$128$1,114,1419Anchor Bay Films
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,69011%52-17$52$37,865,68912Fox
10No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,368105%21-24$113$1,304,0385Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Unknown (2011)$2,28426%49-52$47$63,681,83212Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$1,95543%3520$56$4,431,36316Weinstein Company
13Cedar Rapids$1,558-2%22-4$71$6,830,72113Fox Searchlight
14Biutiful$1,537-34%16-6$96$5,075,32119Roadside Attractions
15Dum Maaro Dum$1,39021%33-60$42$537,1173Fox Searchlight
16Passion Play$41661%2--$208$2,7751Image Entertainment
17Miral$334-25%5-5$67$367,5357Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$23250%73$33$237,5138Roadside Attractions