Morality be damned as Denzel Washington slaughters his way into number 1 with The Equalizer (3,236 screens) earning a blistering $35m opening weekend. The irresponsibly brutal gorefest raked it in amassing a $10,816 screen average on the back of fairly mediocre reviews and thus proving films like these are, indeed, review proof. It is also a testament to Washington’s staying power as a leading man in the action genre as the film opened only $5m behind 2012’s Safe House ($40m) even with an R rating. There’s $80m in this puppy domestically, from a $55m production budget, so you can safely assume that a sequel will be announced shortly!
The Maze Runner (3,638 screens) kept the teens happy as it took silver with $17.5m, slipping 46.2% week on week and generating a $4,810 screen average. it is a probably a little bit weaker for a week 2 screen average than Fox would’ve liked but the film has grossed $58m so far and will continue to kick on to an $80m+ finish is it can weather the storm Annabelle will bring from this Friday.
The Boxtrolls (3,464 screens) opens in bronze with a solid $17.25m in an off holidays play off to make it the most successful Laika film opening in U.S. history. Paranorman opened to $14m in 2012 and Coraline opened to $16.8m in 2009. The Boxtrolls is a much more light hearted and accessible title than the other two and a $4,980 screen average indicates that there is strong weekend play off but the weekdays will be tough. There’s a good $70m in this as it heads into October with only Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day posing a threat from October 10.
A Walk Among The Tombstones (2,714 screens) got mauled by The Equalizer, falling 66.8% week on week, to gross $4.234m. The film has just crossed $20m domestically and a $26m finish is most likely here.
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2,451 screens) crosses $320m domestically, setting an extremely high target for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One to beat for highest grossing release of 2014.
Let’s Be Cops (1,534 screens) passes $80m today off the back of a $17m budget. What a little winner!
In Cinemas Friday October 3, 2014 – Men, Women & Children (Oct 1), Gone Girl, Annabelle, Left Behind, The Good Lie
Figures from Box Office Mojo
|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|