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 Fri, Apr. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$7,491,446--3,277--$2,286$7,491,4461Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$5,213,985151%3,7929$1,375$52,501,4852Universal
342 (2013)$2,951,561183%3,405155$867$61,305,9333Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$2,576,573--2,633--$979$2,576,5731Lionsgate
5The Croods$1,570,851267%3,283-152$478$157,995,6346Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Scary Movie 5$1,079,829290%2,733-669$395$25,116,7653Weinstein / Dimension
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$972,448169%2,707-468$359$113,748,5915Paramount
8The Place Beyond the Pines$790,19998%1,58442$499$14,315,0705Focus
9Olympus Has Fallen$785,319130%2,334-304$336$91,093,7916FilmDistrict
10Evil Dead$634,479103%2,186-637$290$50,502,2374Sony / TriStar
11Jurassic Park 3D$619,085131%1,848-482$335$40,309,4604Universal
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$429,636149%1,610-435$267$224,877,7758Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$635,481--363--$1,751$635,4811Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$318,439121%942-463$338$49,852,7625Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$154,480202%25971$596$1,899,5712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$118,01359%611-745$193$25,605,0995Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$106,342728%365110$291$63,419,4499Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$106,250269%425-55$250$132,916,63012Universal
7The Call$98,42347%513-464$192$50,502,0567Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$57,81628%361-506$160$131,283,15824Weinstein Company
9The Lords of Salem$57,41033%280-75$205$912,7032Anchor Bay Films
10Snitch (2013)$50,512704%25291$200$42,189,34310Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sapphires$47,00296%12612$373$1,283,1666Weinstein Company
12Escape From Planet Earth$44,319442%28343$157$54,932,86611Weinstein Company
13Safe Haven$42,650115%259-66$165$70,997,33811Relativity Media
14Admission$37,47726%279-206$134$17,615,7786Focus
15Trance$32,237-21%157-286$205$2,039,0344Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$29,540131%190-50$155$66,196,32313Lionsgate / Summit
17Quartet$23,2582%130-46$179$17,946,37216Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$21,45742%131-62$164$124,607,66923Fox
1921 And Over$20,048293%13686$147$25,547,0299Relativity Media
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$19,12338%185-80$103$22,417,6327Warner Bros. / New Line
21A Good Day to Die Hard$13,05957%122-48$107$67,200,43611Fox
22Side Effects (2013)$13,001-57%108-537$120$31,959,13412Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,232136%520$543$12,268,11654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Camp (2013)$18,241369%28-4$651$263,91710Freestyle Releasing
3Spring Breakers$17,46151%72-50$243$13,907,2197A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,54099%44-4$308$759,4517GKIDS
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$12,83799%25--$513$483,7439Methinx Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,294149%300$376$22,518,540108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Dark Skies$7,10042%63-28$113$17,323,14510Weinstein / Dimension
8Parental Guidance$6,07590%61-29$100$77,203,77718Fox
9Kon-Tiki$5,623--2--$2,812$5,6231Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$5,19285%27-2$192$3,711,9586eOne Films US
11Django Unchained$4,89636%38-39$129$162,779,66818Weinstein Company
12Emperor$2,270-34%26-38$87$3,290,2998Roadside Attractions
13Girl Rising$1,857-96%72-98$26$994,3148Gathr Films
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,745-19%10$1,745$20,2372Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$691-59%3-17$230$145,5773Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$510--1--$510$16,5188Rialto Pictures
17Settai$401271%1-1$401$85,8344UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$40100%20$20$1,122,03310UTV Motion Pictures