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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$14,661,938-18%4,248--$3,451$69,254,7171Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$10,535,543-19%3,918-331$2,689$523,907,2024Disney
3Battleship$2,887,560-25%3,70212$780$47,443,3752Universal
4The Dictator$2,188,857-31%3,0146$726$43,313,5212Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,977,540-12%1,233879$1,604$18,564,2394Fox Searchlight
6Dark Shadows$1,934,859-25%3,404-351$568$64,922,1423Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,677,646-26%3,0210$555$23,826,8132Lionsgate
8Chernobyl Diaries$1,399,817-31%2,433--$575$9,355,1241Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$701,977-15%1,421-643$494$396,022,16810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pirates! Band of Misfits$355,533-9%884-956$402$27,642,1255Sony / Columbia
2Think Like a Man$349,342-30%786-936$444$88,686,5486Sony / Screen Gems
3Bernie$258,014--194--$1,330$2,479,9745Millennium Entertainment
4Mirror Mirror$155,492-1%42215$368$62,356,2519Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$146,250-5%39011$375$210,985,80513Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$137,450-25%615-1390$223$58,417,1126Warner Bros.
7Chimpanzee$127,359--368-527$346$27,815,8076Disneynature
821 Jump Street$108,241-48%364--$297$136,611,76311Sony / Columbia
9The Three Stooges$81,293-27%325-269$250$42,385,2207Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$63,020-35%274-901$230$28,012,8605Universal
11Wrath of the Titans$60,977-25%255-105$239$82,988,7339Warner Bros.
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,513-10%175-70$306$103,164,12416Warner Bros. / New Line
13John Carter$50,172--175--$287$72,523,73112Disney
14The Cabin in the Woods$46,665-26%203-245$230$40,979,8107Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$42,011-20%143-179$294$2,447,7743Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$17,325-45%165-125$105$56,724,0808Universal
17The Raven$14,833-31%111-321$134$15,750,3365Relativity Media
18Safe (2012)$14,441-37%112-391$129$16,813,5695Lionsgate
19Bully (2012)$12,9049%104-100$124$3,309,9299Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$163,183-5%4--$40,796$686,1791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$76,445-5%501$1,529$2,386,7916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$50,834--56--$908$544,1724IFC Films
4Hysteria$36,400--32--$1,138$230,4572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$36,390-24%6712$543$493,2342Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$35,202--45--$782$605,7945Magnolia Pictures
7The Intouchables$33,497-11%4--$8,374$137,0041Weinstein Company
8Monsieur Lazhar$33,098--65--$509$1,483,22731Music Box Films
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,291-22%87-47$268$8,889,26912CBS Films
10Darling Companion$20,792--61--$341$539,2916Sony Pictures Classics
11Marley$20,351--53--$384$1,183,2806Magnolia Pictures
12Born to Be Wild 3D$19,207-3%340$565$19,088,24460Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Cowgirls n' Angels$16,724--50--$334$71,3991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$16,116--35--$460$2,285,28812Magnolia Pictures
15Polisse$14,097--14--$1,007$88,5382IFC Films
16Where Do We Go Now?$13,230--25--$529$134,7583Sony Pictures Classics
17Sound of My Voice$9,884-25%425$235$320,2655Fox Searchlight
18Titanic 3D$9,586-23%42-28$228$57,810,6088Paramount
19A Thousand Words$9,068-16%59-51$154$18,438,14912Paramount
20We Have a Pope$8,054--22--$366$434,5498IFC Films
21Footnote$7,980--31--$257$1,896,69712Sony Pictures Classics
22This Means War$6,145-14%44-46$140$54,725,89215Fox
23The Secret World of Arrietty$5,438--26--$209$19,178,30715Disney
24Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,167--3--$1,722$71,9623Rialto Pictures
25The Artist$4,112-7%20-83$206$44,579,48127Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$3,965--2--$1,983$37,8502Zeitgeist Films
27I Wish$3,435--5--$687$35,5553Magnolia Pictures
28Chronicle$3,395--20--$170$64,565,19117Fox
29Oslo, August 31st$3,337--2--$1,669$12,9011Strand Releasing
30The Kid With A Bike$3,301--20--$165$1,351,06711IFC Films
31Damsels in Distress$3,080--11--$280$827,6988Sony Pictures Classics
32Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,956--2--$1,478$131,85321Cinema Guild
33FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$2,868--9--$319$66,6434International Film Circuit
34The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$2,701--19--$142$1,061,73510Music Box Films
35Elles$2,569--8--$321$121,3195Kino Lorber
36The Perfect Family$2,463--6--$411$92,5244Variance Films
37OC87$2,217--1--$2,217$7,9501Fisher Klingenstein Films
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,180--22--$99$133,097,31724Fox
39God Bless America$2,015--15--$134$79,0803Magnolia / Magnet
40October Baby$1,932--16--$121$5,336,16731IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Act of Valor$1,864-45%39-57$48$70,004,36214Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$1,803--12--$150$4,082,23410Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$1,706-31%9-16$190$7,240,68312Roadside Attractions
44Undefeated$1,347-15%6-3$225$556,51215Weinstein Company
45Whores' Glory$1,150--2--$575$15,9305Kino Lorber
46A Separation$894--10--$89$7,079,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$678--2--$339$72,2069New Yorker Films
48Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$671--3--$224$5,9682Music Box Films
49Surviving Progress$599--2--$300$35,8158First Run Features
50Beyond the Black Rainbow$536--2--$268$12,2652Magnolia / Magnet
51Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$511--1--$511$2,7411Music Box Films
52Red Tails$504-28%74$72$49,871,94419Fox
53Lovely Molly$48641%2-3$243$18,4632Image Entertainment
54Coriolanus$426-37%4-4$107$756,45219Weinstein Company
55Gerhard Richter Painting$386--3--$129$184,46011Kino Lorber
56Tonight You're Mine$380-44%3--$127$5,4663Roadside Attractions
57Virginia$351--2--$176$11,4202Entertainment One Films
58The Salt of Life$331--4--$83$302,06513Zeitgeist Films
59Goon$317--5--$63$4,168,1449Magnolia / Magnet
60Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$300--1--$300$4,4522First Run Features
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$224--7--$32$97,5213Magnolia Pictures
62The Hunter (2012)$208--3--$69$170,7528Magnolia Pictures
63The Women on the 6th Floor$202--2--$101$711,51234Strand Releasing
64Hit So Hard$201--3--$67$28,6207Variance Films
65Bonsai$200--2--$100$9,7883Strand Releasing
66Jesus Henry Christ$142--2--$71$18,5326Entertainment One Films
67The Fairy$138--1--$138$24,17914Kino Lorber
68Payback (2012)$60--1--$60$12,2215Zeitgeist Films
69Blue Like Jazz$47-78%3-4$16$594,5147Roadside Attractions
70Nobody Else But You$18--1--$18$7,0743First Run Features