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 Mon, May. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$17,480,581-33%3,615--$4,836$135,037,2421Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$13,214,873-18%3,925--$3,367$66,675,3041Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,183,364-26%4,1649$2,446$163,607,6252Disney
4Bridesmaids$4,185,555-28%2,95821$1,415$89,343,4653Universal
5Thor$2,546,271-25%3,296-628$773$162,439,4444Paramount
6Fast Five$1,490,500-31%2,981-641$500$197,308,7505Universal
7Rio (2011)$638,688-6%1,672-921$382$135,484,8457Fox
8Something Borrowed$417,337-32%1,440-1166$290$35,192,5184Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$412,736-31%1,918-946$215$27,748,0133Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$561,805-7%939-533$598$34,666,5024Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$287,463-23%794-1100$362$54,704,4966Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$146,154--118--$1,239$2,764,6885IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$131,861-5%401-583$329$41,421,8948Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$97,839-9%359-553$273$52,395,8756Lionsgate
6Rango$96,150-23%280-22$343$121,811,53213Paramount
7Source Code$81,448-25%299-78$272$53,513,8619Summit
8Everything Must Go$80,887-19%161-84$502$2,177,0983Roadside Attractions
9HOP$59,785-25%299-55$200$107,568,4309Universal
10Hanna$55,922-27%216-63$259$39,584,5838Focus
11Limitless$51,953-30%269-88$193$78,509,17111Relativity Media
12Win Win$50,125-31%124-78$404$9,696,77511Fox Searchlight
13Jane Eyre (2011)$47,470-9%143-65$332$10,703,78112Focus
14The Lincoln Lawyer$47,020-27%166-92$283$56,837,96211Lionsgate
15The Conspirator$45,578-18%137-132$333$11,200,4957Roadside Attractions
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$44,202-21%214-39$207$52,151,89210Fox
17Insidious$33,368-40%186-315$179$52,767,8259FilmDistrict
18Scream 4$29,609-35%26156$113$37,912,8717Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$26,883-22%109-59$247$792,6164Summit
20African Cats$26,663--147--$181$14,800,7486Disneynature
21Mars Needs Moms$25,861--128--$202$21,193,02212Disney
22Gnomeo and Juliet$24,085--111--$217$99,628,26316Disney
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,112-10%203-439$114$9,472,7335Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$13,808--141--$98$568,2346Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$625,648--58--$10,787$3,460,1942Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$120,868-10%4--$30,217$493,7881Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$61,592-24%47-3$1,310$5,949,1188Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$60,860--72--$845$949,4286Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$44,992--58--$776$783,2547IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$28,954-18%30-4$965$25,259,75463Warner Bros. / IMAX
713 Assassins$28,307--31--$913$450,0415Magnolia / Magnet
8Meek's Cutoff$24,036--40--$601$627,1388Oscilloscope
9The First Grader$17,411--36--$484$157,1783National Geographic
10Prom$15,346--98--$157$9,882,7445Disney
11Battle: Los Angeles$14,778-28%96--$154$83,552,42912Sony / Columbia
12Bill Cunningham New York$14,446--22--$657$1,148,11311Zeitgeist Films
13L'Amour fou$13,663--18--$759$184,3953IFC Films
14Potiche$13,478--36--$374$1,494,38610Music Box Films
15Arthur (2011)$10,957-62%77-160$142$32,951,0548Warner Bros.
16Hesher$9,303--11--$846$331,3633Wrekin Hill Entertainment
17Of Gods and Men$9,036--37--$244$3,862,62714Sony Pictures Classics
18Queen to Play$7,563--11--$688$278,7009Zeitgeist Films
19I Am Number Four$6,801--42--$162$55,092,83015Disney / DreamWorks
20The Princess of Montpensier$4,855--17--$286$281,7877IFC Films
21Winter in Wartime$4,628--13--$356$435,65411Sony Pictures Classics
22Tangled$3,953--34--$116$200,807,26227Disney
2335 and Ticking$3,87111%60$645$52,1512Image Entertainment
24A Beautiful Life$3,796--21--$181$55,5842China Lion Film
25Certified Copy$3,533--8--$442$1,310,64512IFC Films
26My Perestroika$3,499--11--$318$194,58310International Film Circuit
27The King's Speech$3,25930%18-22$181$138,777,57427Weinstein Company
28There Be Dragons$2,953--10--$295$1,068,3924IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29In a Better World$2,696--28--$96$753,0219Sony Pictures Classics
30Kill the Irishman$2,440-11%10-2$244$1,168,97712Anchor Bay Films
31Tuesday, After Christmas$2,126--1--$2,126$10,4851Lorber Films
32Hobo with a Shotgun$1,633--21--$78$600,5414Magnolia / Magnet
33Harvest$987--4--$247$22,1344Monterey Media
34Poetry$978--3--$326$343,20416Kino International
35Biutiful$91299%5--$182$5,099,47422Roadside Attractions
36The Robber$904--1--$904$55,2575Kino International
37Barney's Version$849--9--$94$7,486,29820Sony Pictures Classics
38Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$640--5--$128$166,21913Strand Releasing
39How To Live Forever$621--2--$311$17,4663Variance Films
40United Red Army$592--1--$592$1,7531Lorber Films
41Go For It!$5755%14-50$41$178,7393Lionsgate / Pantelion
42Into Eternity$510--4--$128$44,30417International Film Circuit
43Henry's Crime$500--1--$500$100,9508Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Rubber$492--5--$98$88,5869Magnolia / Magnet
45Dum Maaro Dum$418-41%6-5$70$563,1056Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$408--2--$204$19,9723Kino International
47The Music Never Stopped$373-19%50$75$245,09711Roadside Attractions
48Circo$361--1--$361$59,8199First Run Features
49Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$305--2--$153$43,9996Variance Films
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$199--1--$199$247,76321First Run Features
51Battle of the Brides$186--1--$186$64,3024Variance Films
52Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$186--2--$93$13,5573First Run Features
53Skateland$133-40%2-9$67$17,8373Freestyle Releasing
54The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$115--2--$58$11,1463Argot Pictures
55Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$60--1--$60$6,8983Strand Releasing
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$41--2--$21$82,4158Variance Films
57To Die Like a Man$26--1--$26$3,9398Strand Releasing