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 Sun, Oct. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,980,462-31%3,336--$2,392$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$5,035,958-44%3,707-113$1,358$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$2,839,171-45%3,143123$903$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$1,772,755-40%3,044--$582$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,764,020-39%3,111-491$567$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$1,479,515-42%3,1570$469$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,306,143-33%2,8830$453$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$259,962-47%1,347-813$193$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$180,129-57%1,229-436$147$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$157,772-34%1,7690$89$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$91,119-23%1,253-1285$73$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$585,887-37%123104$4,763$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$389,979-47%83578$467$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$182,790-41%677-520$270$25,856,5346Universal
4Runner Runner$147,430-38%969-1042$152$18,819,5384Fox
5We're the Millers$138,264-47%786-95$176$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don Jon$130,475-37%540-574$242$23,501,6225Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$129,225-43%4581$282$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$125,080-55%594-271$211$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me 2$111,805-37%379-16$295$364,248,63017Universal
10Pulling Strings$102,074-1%315-123$324$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Instructions Not Included$101,578-13%301-174$337$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$68,884-44%444-158$155$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$62,049-41%303-47$205$67,221,11412Fox
14Grown Ups 2$37,800-40%188-35$201$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$32,538-29%205-37$159$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
16Grace Unplugged$31,693-37%208-105$152$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
17The Wolverine$27,520-41%164-43$168$132,244,11914Fox
18Turbo$24,739-24%108-41$229$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Family (2013)$23,414-40%218-265$107$36,485,5407Relativity Media
20Riddick$16,380-36%156-97$105$41,997,7908Universal
21The Conjuring$6,174-53%100-13$62$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$146,138-31%8276$1,782$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2Elysium$9,193-43%61-32$151$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$7,758-46%91-370$85$1,070,7083Relativity Media
4The Heat$7,711-57%80-23$96$159,469,28818Fox
5Spinning Plates$6,9901%0----$20,7181The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,320-37%32-15$198$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$4,736-32%19-23$249$157,1214The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$4,429-30%49-98$90$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Linsanity$3,626-11%8-1$453$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$2,743-49%26-14$106$25,955,72910Focus
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,736-19%1411$195$31,7575Rialto Pictures
12Haute Cuisine$2,625-32%14-7$188$212,0726Weinstein Company
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,480-23%175$146$76,6335eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$2,365-17%24-30$99$6,830,53113A24
15Thanks for Sharing$2,325-45%11-3$211$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
16Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,582-42%1--$1,582$7,0061Cinepix
17Fruitvale Station$1,324-36%16-4$83$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
18Torn$1,226-59%54$245$16,5962The Film Collective