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 Sat, Apr. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$7,811,52050%3,7929$2,060$60,313,0052Universal
2Pain and Gain$7,342,078-2%3,277--$2,240$14,833,5241Paramount
342 (2013)$4,837,28464%3,405155$1,421$66,143,2173Warner Bros.
4The Croods$3,155,580101%3,283-152$961$161,151,2146Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Big Wedding$3,129,12021%2,633--$1,188$5,705,6931Lionsgate
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,680,71573%2,707-468$621$115,429,3065Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$1,609,34449%2,733-669$589$26,726,1093Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,287,49364%2,334-304$552$92,381,2846FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,175,21849%1,58442$742$15,490,2885Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$1,034,88067%1,848-482$560$41,344,3404Universal
11Evil Dead$857,83935%2,186-637$392$51,360,0764Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$835,75295%1,610-435$519$225,713,5278Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$971,85653%363--$2,677$1,607,3371Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$512,04761%942-463$544$50,364,8095Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$211,62437%25971$817$2,111,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Jack the Giant Slayer$190,05479%365110$521$63,609,5039Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$174,24564%425-55$410$133,090,87512Universal
6The Host (2013)$172,29946%611-745$282$25,777,3985Open Road
7The Call$143,42946%513-464$280$50,645,4857Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$94,02063%361-506$260$131,377,17824Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$86,22283%12612$684$1,369,3886Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$82,46363%25291$327$42,271,80610Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$80,14181%28343$283$55,013,00711Weinstein Company
12The Lords of Salem$70,98824%280-75$254$983,6912Anchor Bay Films
13Safe Haven$59,54040%259-66$230$71,056,87811Relativity Media
14Admission$52,12839%279-206$187$17,667,9066Focus
15Trance$48,92052%157-286$312$2,087,9544Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$46,00456%190-50$242$66,242,32713Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$35,03363%131-62$267$124,642,70223Fox
18Quartet$34,72049%130-46$267$17,981,09216Weinstein Company
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$28,44049%185-80$154$22,446,0727Warner Bros. / New Line
2021 And Over$26,46932%13686$195$25,573,4989Relativity Media
21Side Effects (2013)$21,71167%108-537$201$31,980,84512Open Road
22A Good Day to Die Hard$20,82159%122-48$171$67,221,25711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$23,68175%44-4$538$783,1327GKIDS
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$20,51760%25--$821$504,2609Methinx Entertainment
3Spring Breakers$19,34511%72-50$269$13,926,5647A24
4To the Arctic 3D$17,156-39%520$330$12,285,27254Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Camp (2013)$16,264-11%28-4$581$280,18110Freestyle Releasing
6Dark Skies$12,31873%63-28$196$17,335,46310Weinstein / Dimension
7Parental Guidance$11,72193%61-29$192$77,215,49818Fox
8Kon-Tiki$9,54970%2--$4,775$15,1721Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$8,32560%27-2$308$3,720,2836eOne Films US
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,561-33%300$252$22,526,101108Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Girl Rising$7,318294%72-98$102$1,001,6328Gathr Films
12Django Unchained$6,81139%38-39$179$162,786,47918Weinstein Company
13Emperor$3,13838%26-38$121$3,293,4378Roadside Attractions
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,25729%10$2,257$22,4942Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$1,28886%3-17$429$146,8653Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$86469%1--$864$17,3828Rialto Pictures
17Settai$861115%1-1$861$86,6954UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$358795%20$179$1,122,39110UTV Motion Pictures