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Update, Monday, 1:44 Pm: The Equalizer came in beneath Sony’s estimates, bringing in $34.1 million for the three-day weekend, easily running over the other newcomer, the animated The Boxtrolls. However, the Denzel Washington film is likely to get side-swiped next weekend by the David Fincher-directed mystery thriller Gone Girl, which is already tracking well for an expected big weekend haul for Fox. Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, the Ben Affleck-starrer may end up cannibalizing the audience away from Denzel. Gone Girl opens in 50 markets around the world next weekend, too, giving it the first wide international rollout of the fall.
Meanwhile, Focus Features’ The Boxtrolls ended up with a $17.2M take as the first animated fare since June to grace theaters. It gets another weekend before Disney drops Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on October 10. Heck of a title and »
- Anita Busch and Scott Bowles
Nothing all that new to report that wasn't previously discussed yesterday morning as this weekend's estimates were pretty much spot on. Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington took the #1 spot to the tune of $34.1 million, which was about $900,000 less than estimated, but that's no huge surprise. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which could make next weekend's drop interesting, though facing off against David Fincher's Gone Girl and Annabelle could be tough given there are so many R-rated movies today's movie going audiences can support at once. In second was last weekend's #1 film, The Maze Runner, which dropped only 46.4% to $17.4 million, which is far better than we saw from Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones, which fell 67.1% and finished its sophomore weekend with $4.1 million. The weekend's other new release was Laika's The BoxTrolls, which earned the stop motion animation studio its highest opening to date at $17.2 million. »
- Brad Brevet
Us Box Office report for 29th September 2014…
Opening in just over 3,200 theatres, The Equalizer took an impressive $35 million on its opening weekend, which is added to its $17.8 million worldwide takings to give it a $52.8 million total. However the movie brings with it a hefty $55 million budget, so it might be some time yet before we can call this one a roaring success.
What has been a success however is Ya novel adaptation The Maze Runner that, while dropping 42%, still managed to add another $17.5 million to its now $148.7 million worldwide total. New entry The Boxtrolls just fell shy of that number taking an estimated $17.3 million across slightly less screens. The stop motion animation has topped the UK box office »
- Luke Owen
The Equalizer has debuted at number one in the Us box office.
The Boxtrolls debuts at number three with a little over $17m, while This is Where I Leave You falls to fourth place.
The Us weekend box office top 10 for September 28 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:
1. The Equalizer - $35,000,000
2. The Maze Runner - $17,500,000
3. The Boxtrolls »
Lots of high fives at the Sony offices today, as their don’t-mess-with-Denzel-Washington revenge flick The Equalizer walked away with a $35 million opening. “We’re really, really happy, but we were very bullish on the movie,” says Rory Bruer, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution. “It’s a film that we all love and it just delivers in a big way. Denzel couldn’t be more terrific in the role – you can’t take your eyes off this guy.” The movie’s success—director Antoine Fuqua’s best opening to date, Washington’s third best—is a testament to audience »
- Karen Valby
That figure gave it a comfortable lead over the weekend’s other new wide release, Focus Features’ “The Boxtrolls,” which earned $17.2 million across 3,464 locations, and last week’s champ, “The Maze Runner,” which snagged $17.5 million in its sophomore frame. The young adult thriller has earned $58 million after two weeks in theaters.
“The Equalizer,” a gory story of a former special ops agent going toe to toe with the Russian mob, proved to be equally appealing to both genders, with 48% of the opening crowd comprised of females. It also skewed older, with 35% of the opening weekend crowd made up of people under the age of 30. Domestically, the film picked up $3.3 million on 352 IMAX screens, a record September debut for the big screen company.
Sony Pictures and Village »
- Brent Lang
The Equalizer got off to a strong start on Friday, while The Boxtrolls had one of the best stop-motion animation debuts ever.At 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to an impressive $12.6 million. That ranks third all-time for star Denzel Washington behind American Gangster ($15.9 million) and Safe House ($13.6 million). It's also well above last Summer's 2 Guns ($9.9 million), which had a strong co-lead in Mark Wahlberg. For the weekend, The Equalizer is on track to gross at least $35 million.The Maze Runner added $5.18 million on Friday, which is off 54 percent from opening day. That's a very solid hold for a young-adult adaptation; in comparison, Divergent fell 64 percent at the same point. For the weekend, The Maze Runner will likely earn around $17 million.Opening at 3,464 theaters, The Boxtrolls earned an estimated $4.93 million on Friday. That's above fellow Laika Animation titles ParaNorman ($4.6 million) and Coraline ($4.5 million). If The Boxtrolls follows the same pattern as past family-friendly September releases, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua continue to make an unstoppable duo. The Equalizer, starring a fierce Washington as a former black ops agent drawn back into the game by a troubled prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) who’s targeted by Russian gangsters, raked in an impressive $12.6 million on Friday. Early bets from Sony low-balled first weekend numbers in the high 20-millions range. Estimates now suggest the movie will pull in closer to $36 million by weekend’s end, buoyed by Washington’s reliable charisma and A- CinemaScore reviews. A sequel is already in the works, which would be the first of »
- Karen Valby
Denzel Washington is gearing up to show his box office might once more as The Equalizer debuts in 3,234 theaters, including IMAX and other premium large format screens, starting with early Thursday-night showings. The R-rated Columbia Pictures action thriller, which re-teams Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, will easily win the weekend, beating out last week’s champ The Maze Runner and this week’s other new opener, the family-friendly The Boxtrolls.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. The Equalizer — $30 million
Denzel Washington plays a former black ops agent who’s attempting to lead a quiet life until »
- Lindsey Bahr
A new young-adult franchise is born as The Maze Runner posts the biggest opening we’ve seen in over a month and one of the biggest ever for September. The Maze Runner started with $32.5 million, the 6th biggest for the month of September, and only a few hours later Fox announced a release date for […]
The weekend's box office actuals are in and The Maze Runner estimates were spot on as the new franchise starter brought in $32.5 million this weekend and has already seen the sequel, The Scorch Trials, receive a 2015 release date, less than a year from now. On a reported $34 million budget, the film has already brought in over $70 million worldwide. In second, and dipping a bit from estimates, is Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones. Estimated at $13.1 million, the film finished with $12.75 million, which isn't much, but for points in the reader predictions challenge it can mean a lot. Finishing third and also dipping slightly from estimates is the ensemble dramedy This is Where I Leave You, which finished with $11.55 million. The weekend's other new release that was generating a lot of attention was Kevin Smith's Tusk, which opened in 602 theaters and only managed $846,831 for a $1,407 per theater average. »
- Brad Brevet
Amir here, back to weekly box office reporting duty. Coming back from Tiff, I tried to catch up a bit today with all the sales numbers I’d missed since August. It turns out the biggest bit of news was... the release of Forrest Gump IMAX??? Really, September? Is that the best you can do? Turgid stuff.
On the bright side, with awards season now slowly getting into full gear, we can look forward to the highbrow films the studios have been withholding from all us all year, starting with this weekend’s... The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You? Damn it September; get your act together!
big name casts don't always make big time movies
Wide Release Box Office
01 The Maze Runner $32.5 New Review
02 A Walk Among The Tombstones $13.1 New
03 This Is Where I Leave You $11.8 New
04 No Good Deed $10.2 (cum. $40.1)
05 Dolphin Tale 2 $9 (cum. $27)
- Amir S.
When the box office hit a dull spot two weeks ago, it could be supposed that there was nowhere to go but up, and the latest crop of new releases helped in that department. While not all were critical darlings (Jason Bateman’s This is Where I Leave You being one of the more obvious ones), they still generated enough to make this an even bigger weekend than last. The Maze Runner made an excellent start, nearly making back its costs with an estimated $32.5 million, while the new Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones’ estimated $13.1 million may not have been quite as impressive, it is still a relatively good start for a budgeted $28 million film. This is Where I Leave You is also off to a relatively good start despite its reviews with an estimated $11.9 million on a $19.8 million budget.
No Good Deed, the first-place winner from last week, »
- Seth Paul
"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" just got a new partner in the field of successful young adult novel adaptations.
"The Maze Runner" pulled in a very solid $32.5 million domestic opening over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at not just the American box-office but in fifty other markets around the world. Globally it managed an $81.5 million debut, not bad for a film that cost only a fraction of most young adult novel adaptations.
The Liam Neeson-led R-rated crime thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" came in a distant second with $13.1 million - only half the opening of his PG-13 in-flight thriller "Non-Stop" from earlier this year. The film isn't expected to fare well in coming weeks.
The ensemble comedy "This is Where I Leave You" also disappointed with an $11.9 million debut and poor reviews. In moderate release, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" premiered to just $886,000 across 600 screens - another disappointment. »
- Garth Franklin
Dystopic Ya thriller The Maze Runner dashed past the other new releases this weekend for a $32.5 million gross. The result was impressive enough for Fox to announce that they're releasing a sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (it's a trilogy, and there's a prequel too) around this time next year. The weekend's other new releases fared poorly in comparison: Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones brought in $13.1 million and the Jason Bateman comedy This is Where I Leave You took in $11.8 million. Last weekend's box office champs — No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 — rounded out the top five with $10.2 million and $9 million respectively. »
- E. Alex Jung
It was expected the new young adult adaptation The Maze Runner would open at #1, but it wasn't clear if it would end up around $30 million as the studio was softly estimating or $40 million as some prognosticators thought it might excel to. Well, the verdict is in and it's on the lower end of the spectrum, bringing in and estimated $32.5 million, though opening day audiences seemed to like what the saw, giving it an "A-" CinemaScore. I never would have expected Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones to do too well so while the film's $13.1 million will be looked at as weak compared to his previous actioners, you have to remember this isn't Taken or Non-Stop. Tombstones is more adult and while it's a little sloppy, it really shouldn't be compared to his PG-13 actioners as this is clearly more dark noir rather than glossy, bang-bang stuff, which is »
- Brad Brevet
Light week of movie watching this week as I'm celebrating my first wedding anniversary this weekend in Whistler, but I did end up seeing the new Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones and at home I saw Dumb and Dumber and watched half of Top Gun. Otherwise, I will have to get back into full swing this coming week as I really need to get back to my "Best Movies" columns and I've also got a lot of people that wrote in wanting to write for the site and some great candidates are bubbling to the top, possibly opening up the site to a few new voices in the coming days. With my week out of the way, let's hear from you. What did you watch this weekendc Any of you manage to see The Guest or The Dropc I chose Tombstones over The Maze Runner, the latter »
- Brad Brevet
“The Maze Runner” turned a best-selling young adult novel into box office gold — and a new film franchise — this weekend. The sci-fi saga, powered to a teen-fueled $32.5 million box office, triumphed in its debut. The weekend's two other wide openers were rated R and targeted an entirely different audience in mature moviegoers, but couldn't keep up with “Maze Runner.” Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” finished a distant second with $13.1 million and the family comedy “This Is Where I Leave You” was third with $11.8 million. Last week's No. 1 film, the thriller “No Good Deed,” »
- Todd Cunningham
The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Fox’s The Maze Runner grabbed $1.1M in late-night showings at 2,200 locations starting at 10 Pm. The best comparison is probably the sci-fi actioner Ender’s Game, which launched with $1.4 million in November 2013 and went on to have an opening weekend gross of $27M (on the other hand, it cost three times more than Maze Runner). So, perhaps Fox is more on the money with a lower estimate for this weekend.
Another comparison title is this year’s other Ya sci-fi actioner — Divergent (Summit/Lgf). It grabbed $4.9M in late nights that started at 8 Pm and went on to gross $54.6M in its first weekend out. Of course, that one was driven by the young female demo. The Maze Runner is tapping in with the young male audience better, so we will have to see how that translates tonight — which will probably be front-loaded with Ya fans. Fan reviews for the film are pretty good. »
- Anita Busch
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