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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$19,661,750-27%3,658--$5,375$117,036,9951Universal
2Star Trek Into Darkness$9,896,297-23%3,90739$2,533$156,013,8792Paramount
3Epic$9,289,903-14%3,882--$2,393$42,820,9711Fox
4The Hangover Part III$8,591,168-32%3,555--$2,417$62,051,8291Warner Bros.
5Iron Man 3$5,368,815-19%3,424-813$1,568$372,775,9314Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,484,035-23%3,090-460$1,128$117,754,2093Warner Bros.
7The Croods$414,328-6%1,008-1365$411$179,657,54610Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$145,104-31%1,003-1426$145$48,701,8055Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$569,633-17%712-248$800$15,124,9525Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$450,6490%915-1465$493$91,513,7667Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$201,566-13%401-134$503$232,416,13012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$168,740-44%572-1505$295$87,503,8956Universal
5The Iceman$111,565--258--$432$1,463,9034Millennium Entertainment
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$108,607-29%346-63$314$121,196,7009Paramount
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$107,6486%485-1556$222$8,896,2763Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$81,636-13%346-347$236$56,039,40015Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$54,688-28%265-1178$206$21,139,3185Lionsgate
10Olympus Has Fallen$47,346-21%209-257$227$97,726,85610FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$41,388-23%128-189$323$20,997,1729Focus
12The Call$38,443-31%166--$232$51,595,37211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$37,139-3%185-65$201$65,006,13313Warner Bros. / New Line
14Identity Thief$31,790-51%187-54$170$134,288,82516Universal
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$18,608-13%131-19$142$51,954,5249Lionsgate
16Scary Movie 5$9,612-50%171-337$56$31,379,5107Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$134,436--60--$2,241$888,9122IFC Films
2Before Midnight$59,061--5--$11,812$305,9751Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$54,829--63--$870$477,1344Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$44,532-19%643$696$708,6685Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$41,676--27--$1,544$301,3334Millenium Entertainment
6Renoir$39,887--75--$532$1,735,5699IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
7Stories We Tell$30,570-24%263$1,176$753,4243Roadside Attractions
8The Company You Keep$29,856--96--$311$4,780,0048Sony Pictures Classics
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$22,296-11%3713$603$314,1384eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$20,940--3--$6,980$80,1041Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$20,337-13%61-41$333$2,129,12410Weinstein Company
12At Any Price$19,798--81--$244$282,1305Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$15,622--18--$868$38,394,506167Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Filly Brown$15,363-13%29-10$530$2,833,3836Lionsgate / Pantelion
15The Reluctant Fundamentalist$15,294--51--$300$456,1575IFC Films
16Snitch (2013)$10,781-17%93-60$116$42,919,09614Lionsgate / Summit
17To the Arctic 3D$7,886-55%520$152$12,629,48258Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Quartet$7,73411%30-12$258$18,242,71720Weinstein Company
19In the House$7,565--21--$360$361,8106Cohen Media Group
20The Host (2013)$7,55139%59-172$128$26,616,9999Open Road
21Spring Breakers$7,472-15%7059$107$14,088,74311A24
22We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$6,502-29%4--$1,626$34,1911Focus World
23From Up on Poppy Hill$6,2772%24-12$262$965,75411GKIDS
24The Angels' Share$5,912--23--$257$287,9217IFC Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$5,077-4%300$169$22,695,856112Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$4,427--13--$341$87,916,598580IMAX
27Silver Linings Playbook$4,161-29%35-96$119$132,075,31128Weinstein Company
28Evil Dead$4,150-37%58--$72$54,115,7828Sony / TriStar
29Admission$3,232-17%26-103$124$17,995,24410Focus
30Life of Pi$3,115-7%26-25$120$124,888,55027Fox
31The Painting (2013)$3,0502%65$508$18,1933GKIDS
32Augustine$2,926--4--$732$34,2642Music Box Films
33Free the Mind$2,870--6--$478$49,0744International Film Circuit
34No (2013)$2,657--23--$116$2,308,79115Sony Pictures Classics
35Venus and Serena$1,964--8--$246$37,5783Magnolia Pictures
36A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,911-37%1--$1,911$11,9081Rialto Pictures
37Safe Haven$1,76917%36-54$49$71,346,93015Relativity Media
38Home Run$1,729--10--$173$2,844,9536IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39To the Wonder$1,616--16--$101$549,0197Magnolia Pictures
40The Gatekeepers$1,453--10--$145$2,402,28317Sony Pictures Classics
41Lore$1,440--6--$240$920,48316Music Box Films
42Something in the Air$1,406--10--$141$66,3864IFC Films
43A Green Story$1,352--4--$338$9,5151Indican Pictures
44Emperor$1,237-46%81$155$3,334,93912Roadside Attractions
45Not Today$1,202-38%5-1$240$196,0847Freestyle Releasing
46An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,194--4--$299$35,1255Variance Films
47Deep Sea 3D$1,165--5--$233$45,565,466378Warner Bros. / IMAX
48A Wedding Invitation$994--2--$497$4,1771CJ Entertainment
49Trance$968--11-12$88$2,310,3978Fox Searchlight
50One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$867--3--$289$25,2093Zeitgeist Films
51Searching For Sugar Man$755--6--$126$3,673,46244Sony Pictures Classics
52Pieta$673--5--$135$13,6672Drafthouse Films
53The Silence$610--4--$153$89,78612Music Box Films
54Hava Nagila (The Movie)$581--3--$194$321,71913International Film Circuit
55Under the Sea 3D$577--13--$44$32,975,647224Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Sightseers$566--2--$283$26,3853IFC Films
57The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$476--1--$476$8,74025Indican Pictures
58No Place on Earth$453--3--$151$150,1518Magnolia Pictures
59Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$417--1--$417$31,6838First Run Features
60Post Tenebras Lux$386--1--$386$21,8184Strand Releasing
61Sound City$379--2--$190$415,31217Variance Films
62Kiss of the Damned$148--2--$74$13,1314Magnolia / Magnet
63Paradise: Love$139--3--$46$20,8395Strand Releasing
6456 Up$69--1--$69$695,64021First Run Features