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, Sep. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$3,346,360-37%2,816--$1,188$21,078,8401Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,870,566-24%2,888--$994$15,014,9951Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,424,799-30%3,334-21$727$68,814,0853Lionsgate
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,287,554-6%2,63537$868$38,441,5663Disney
5ParaNorman$2,260,619-13%3,085-370$733$40,312,6253Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$2,082,115-25%3,131-523$665$98,313,1654Universal
72016: Obama's America$1,944,121--1,747--$1,113$20,722,2288Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Dark Knight Rises$1,880,976-23%2,187-419$860$433,311,2617Warner Bros.
9The Campaign$1,499,029-35%2,941-361$510$74,783,9274Warner Bros.
10Hope Springs (2012)$1,446,826-17%2,44139$593$53,500,4304Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$1,181,161-22%2,2550$524$13,507,6702Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$675,001-33%2,8700$235$10,730,8472Open Road
13Brave$628,9355%1,7081256$368$232,430,11411Disney
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$582,1622%1,204-761$484$45,768,4885Fox
15Marvel's The Avengers$563,243-33%1,705--$330$620,323,83718Disney
16Sparkle (2012)$545,100-11%1,257-987$434$22,251,7213Sony / TriStar
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$517,213-1%1,036-514$499$156,152,6558Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,1559%2,160--$77$835,6441Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$286,373-20%50183$572$259,811,2069Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$232,880-6%505131$461$214,772,53813Paramount / DreamWorks
3Robot & Frank$225,648--144--$1,567$1,366,2113IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Total Recall (2012)$218,968-34%756-820$290$56,957,1195Sony / Columbia
5Celeste and Jesse Forever$205,868--586--$351$2,079,7905Sony Pictures Classics
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$170,055-16%26755$637$9,788,16110Fox Searchlight
7The Apparition$157,151-29%8100$194$4,408,2722Warner Bros.
8Ted (2012)$148,665-54%561-222$265$216,124,21510Universal
9The Intouchables$121,807-17%175-19$696$11,138,44015Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$114,643-15%197-135$582$44,320,08115Focus
11Step Up Revolution$66,122-36%236-192$280$34,237,0306Lionsgate / Summit
12Men in Black 3$63,784-13%186--$343$178,856,55415Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$50,279-25%17973$281$65,304,46210Lionsgate
14The Watch$42,777-53%195-55$219$33,805,1836Fox
15Magic Mike$36,110-36%268-87$135$113,427,04010Warner Bros.
16The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,142-17%105-7$287$45,957,50618Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$30,030-19%143-51$210$155,111,81514Universal
18The Hunger Games$17,603-13%145-44$121$407,999,25524Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$71,213--29--$2,456$483,1062IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$47,708--87--$548$1,848,5287Magnolia Pictures
3Searching For Sugar Man$47,279--32--$1,477$741,2546Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$47,065-29%520$905$8,278,72020Warner Bros. / IMAX
5To Rome with Love$45,634--94--$485$16,169,65011Sony Pictures Classics
6For A Good Time, Call...$42,754-17%23--$1,859$186,6891Focus
7Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$32,257--15--$2,150$127,7091Indomina Releasing
8Cosmopolis$26,704-17%652$411$632,8413Entertainment One Films
9Ruby Sparks$26,281-19%78-57$337$2,295,9686Fox Searchlight
102 Days In New York$25,380--42--$604$443,2244Magnolia Pictures
11Joker$22,089-44%74--$299$127,9541UTV Communications
12The Imposter$17,914--0----$514,4838Indomina Releasing
13Farewell, My Queen$17,617--36--$489$1,203,5228Cohen Media Group
14Red Hook Summer$16,787--41--$409$261,8934Variance Films
15Compliance$16,185--19--$852$181,7843Magnolia Pictures
16Born to Be Wild 3D$15,393-15%330$466$20,781,90874Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Little White Lies$13,297-13%12--$1,108$93,6332MPI Media
18Savages$12,710-33%82-35$155$47,307,5509Universal
19Mugamoodi$12,074-37%21--$575$68,6771UTV Communications
20Safety Not Guaranteed$11,977-27%48-6$250$3,832,06013FilmDistrict
21The Bullet Vanishes$11,548--14--$825$54,9921China Lion Film
22Prometheus$10,397-35%55-36$189$126,386,75713Fox
23Bernie$9,577--26--$368$9,168,13419Millennium Entertainment
24Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,919-60%49-26$162$37,473,37111Fox
25The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,023--14--$502$249,9867Kino Lorber
26Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$5,948--18--$330$428,2206IFC Films
27Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$4,975-6%31-99$160$3,345,8184ARC Entertainment
28Beloved (2012)$4,752--6--$792$82,0513IFC Films
29Chicken With Plums$3,270--3--$1,090$103,3623Sony Pictures Classics
30A Cat In Paris$3,22745%3-3$1,076$313,28214GKIDS
31Neighboring Sounds$2,945--2--$1,473$32,2402Cinema Guild
32Oslo, August 31st$2,840--7--$406$91,18315Strand Releasing
33The Day$2,818-5%12--$235$15,6621Anchor Bay Films
34The Ambassador$2,712--4--$678$17,5391Drafthouse Films
35The Awakening (2012)$2,459--13--$189$172,1383Cohen Media Group
36Little Birds$1,777--1--$1,777$8,6911Millenium Entertainment
37360$1,747--3--$582$87,0265Magnolia Pictures
38Neil Young Journeys$1,570--11--$143$187,70510Sony Pictures Classics
39Teddy Bear$1,520--1--$1,520$16,1382Film Movement
40Monsieur Lazhar$1,038--2--$519$2,000,92045Music Box Films
41Somewhere Between$1,036--1--$1,036$15,0842Long Shot Factory
42The Good Doctor$926--2--$463$4,1061Magnolia Pictures
43Unforgivable$851--1--$851$122,28910Strand Releasing
44Take This Waltz$784--9--$87$1,207,34310Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$590--3--$197$108,13711Kino Lorber
46Hermano$479--8--$60$28,8022Music Box Films
47Breathing$395--1--$395$1,3441Kino Lorber
48Easy Money (2012)$369-58%2-3$185$187,4458Weinstein Company
49Hysteria$280--4--$70$1,774,75716Sony Pictures Classics
50Elena (2012)$277--2--$139$212,20016Zeitgeist Films
51Where Do We Go Now?$270--2--$135$530,88717Sony Pictures Classics
52The Magic of Belle Isle$261--2--$131$100,9109Magnolia Pictures
53Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$240--1--$240$79,08012Music Box Films
54Klown$229--2--$115$65,7786Drafthouse Films