The box office saw one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars flexed his star power this weekend. Denzel Washington’s latest film, The Equalizer, saw no real competition this weekend as the action film earned $35 million. It wasn’t very close really as Denzel had yet another number 1 hit film. As for the rest of the box office, last weekend’s champ The Maze Runner is in a close race with the other newcomer of the weekend, The Boxtrolls for the number 2 spot. Early estimates have Maze Runner ahead of Boxtrolls but that could change on Monday when final numbers are released.
It seemed that this past summer, star power isn’t always what gets audiences into seats. However, Denzel Washington has shown again how much his star shines. His latest film, The Equalizer debuted to a strong $35 million. That would be the actor’s 3rd largest opening behind Safe House and American Gangster. The Equalizer was sold as a reunion between Washington and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. The film didn’t receive the praise that Training Day did from critics (only 59% fresh on RT) but audiences gave it an A-, according to CinemaScore. That is a good sign for the film as it likely will earn $100 million if it holds well next weekend.
Last weekend’s champ, The Maze Runner fell down a spot but held its own. Maze Runner earned $17.5 million for the weekend which is good enough for the number 2 spot. The YA film has earned an estimated $58 million. With a sequel already greenlit for next year, expect this adaption to end its run with $95 million.
The other newcomer of the weekend came in the form of The Boxtrolls. The stop-motion animated film earned $17.25 million for the weekend but could jump to the number two spot when the actual numbers are released. The Focus/Laika film earned more than the animated studio’s previous high, Coraline. However Boxtrolls debut in 3,464 theaters to an average of $4,980 while Coraline debuted to 2,299 theaters and an average of $7,329.
Also noteworthy, the hit of the summer Guardians of the Galaxy finally surpassed the total domestic run of the original Iron Man. The space opera earned $3.7 for the weekend and a total of $319.1 million. Marvel’s next film will likely break more records with next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Next weekend will see a close race for the top spot. The beginning of October always means horror films and with no Paranormal Activity, Warner Bros’ Annabelle will try to take advantage. The prequel spin-off of last summer’s box office hit The Conjuring will try to reverse the 2014 horror trend. But Annabelle will go up against the latest from David Fincher, Gone Girl. The Oscar-buzz is pretty big for this one and will likely be the number 2 film but not far behind. For personal reasons, I actually want to see Gone Girl succeed since parts of the film were shot in my hometown in Southern Illinois. However, expect the creepy doll to edge out the Bat-fleck next weekend.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|2||1||The Maze Runner||Fox||$17,500,000||-46.2%||3,638||+34||$4,810||$58,018,000||$34||2|
|4||3||This is Where I Leave You||WB||$7,010,000||-39.4%||2,868||-||$2,444||$22,557,000||$19.8||2|
|5||5||Dolphin Tale 2||WB||$4,835,000||-45.5%||3,376||-280||$1,432||$33,665,000||$36||3|
|6||4||No Good Deed (2014)||SGem||$4,600,000||-53.0%||2,130||-45||$2,160||$46,623,000||$13.2||3|
|7||2||A Walk Among the Tombstones||Uni.||$4,234,000||-66.8%||2,714||+2||$1,560||$20,871,000||$28||2|
|8||6||Guardians of the Galaxy||BV||$3,789,000||-27.7%||2,451||-395||$1,546||$319,192,000||$170||9|
|9||7||Let’s Be Cops||Fox||$1,515,000||-44.0%||1,534||-778||$988||$79,628,000||$17||7|
|10||8||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||Par.||$1,450,000||-45.3%||1,585||-763||$915||$187,182,000||$125||8|