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, Feb. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,088,827-12%3,50030$1,740$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
2Safe House$3,901,250-47%3,1212$1,250$81,812,4402Universal
3The Vow$3,575,709-45%2,9580$1,209$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$3,355,439-48%3,174--$1,057$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$2,600,982-47%3,189--$816$21,616,7171Fox
6The Secret World of Arrietty$2,238,4693%1,522--$1,471$8,684,8641Disney
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,954,244-28%2,6550$736$35,793,9102Fox
8Chronicle$1,544,678-38%2,556-352$604$52,643,4873Fox
9The Woman in Black$1,114,980-44%2,559-297$436$46,404,7943CBS Films
10Big Miracle$898,6759%1,634-499$550$17,605,6853Universal
11The Grey$575,123-45%2,107-694$273$48,610,2934Open Road
12The Descendants$556,848-43%1,243-338$448$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
13Red Tails$327,225-29%1,009-571$324$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$545,555-15%558-144$978$67,287,36313Paramount
2The Artist$541,093-37%8080$670$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$232,770-35%623111$374$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$213,420-43%826-831$258$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$189,3928%400-102$473$129,872,61010Fox
6One For the Money$144,573-44%933-1123$155$25,605,7204Lionsgate
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$143,528-32%577-798$249$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
8The Adventures of Tintin$138,3452%30346$457$76,529,5159Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$115,345-32%403138$286$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$106,176-37%184-48$577$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$105,482-33%275-194$384$207,404,96110Paramount
12Beauty and the Beast 3D$105,3263%214-464$492$47,104,4446Disney
13Contraband$94,500-46%420-661$225$65,860,2056Universal
14We Bought a Zoo$86,366-10%287-133$301$73,743,0209Fox
15The Muppets$81,230--269--$302$88,148,49013Disney
16Puss in Boots (2011)$75,976-4%163-46$466$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
17Man on a Ledge$73,699-28%401-1022$184$18,451,1554Lionsgate
182012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$72,362--138--$524$1,059,8472Shorts International
19War Horse$69,152-34%394-108$176$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$66,176-44%189--$350$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
21My Week with Marilyn$51,456-29%120-5$429$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$47,611-28%340-346$140$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
23Albert Nobbs$47,514-31%119-32$399$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Happy Feet Two$33,238-5%135-67$246$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
25Jack and Jill$31,413-25%134--$234$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
26The Darkest Hour$17,255-47%11395$153$21,336,9519Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,328-49%148-82$56$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$8,031--132--$61$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$68,606--78--$880$2,243,1009IFC Films
2A Separation$60,795--54--$1,126$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
3Born to Be Wild 3D$53,004-3%451$1,178$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thin Ice$33,917--53--$640$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$31,934-57%98-13$326$1,058,2372UTV Communications
6Rampart$29,574--28--$1,056$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
7A Dangerous Method$27,839--96--$290$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
8In Darkness$19,056--14--$1,361$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Shame$14,908-31%44-8$339$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
10Haywire$14,649-37%79-184$185$18,766,1095Relativity Media
11W.E.$12,891-32%203$645$219,8373Weinstein Company
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$12,394--16--$775$617,21511Oscilloscope
13Bullhead$9,803--7--$1,400$42,0701Drafthouse Films
14Coriolanus$9,507-35%132$731$331,4725Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$9,082-28%5--$1,816$42,2471Weinstein Company
16Chico & Rita$7,767--5--$1,553$68,1302GKIDS
17Carnage (2011)$7,223--35--$206$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
18The Sitter$5,631--0-99--$30,476,84011Fox
19Young Adult$5,269-44%8752$61$16,300,30211Paramount
20Pariah (2011)$4,693-37%130$361$692,6158Focus
21The Help$3,475--13--$267$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
22Midnight in Paris$2,815--16--$176$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
23New Year's Eve$2,512-22%33-122$76$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Devil Inside$2,442-45%34-61$72$53,183,2267Paramount
25On the Ice$2,439--0----$20,3401PMK*BNC
26Death of the Virgin$2,034--2--$1,017$18,8602Indican Pictures
27In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,793-22%8-2$224$286,7849FilmDistrict
28The Women on the 6th Floor$1,556--6--$259$605,03820Strand Releasing
29The Turin Horse$1,311--2--$656$19,0742Cinema Guild
30The Flowers of War$988--3--$329$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
31Declaration of War$900--7--$129$35,0814IFC Films
32Michael (2012)$812--1--$812$5,3581Strand Releasing
33Immortals$758-45%29-4$26$83,503,16115Relativity Media
34Khodorkovsky$727--1--$727$33,78112Kino Lorber
35The Skin I Live In$724--4--$181$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
36Kung Fu Joe$612--1--$612$7,6942Indican Pictures
37The Way$558--5--$112$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
38J. Edgar$499-73%11-31$45$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$492--2--$246$63,2257Cinema Guild
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$482--2--$241$863,38333International Film Circuit
41Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$382--1--$382$48,71328Lorber Films
42Circus Columbia$364--1--$364$1,6481Strand Releasing
43Melancholia$357--5--$71$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
44Putin's Kiss$333--1--$333$1,8581Kino Lorber
45How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$313--4--$78$12,7434First Run Features
46The Innkeepers$266--7--$38$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
47Kill List$147--4--$37$19,5483IFC Films
48Take Shelter$127--4--$32$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics