U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Sept 26 – 28, 2014

The EqualizerMorality 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 #
1 N The Equalizer Sony $35,000,000 3,236 $10,816 $35,000,000 $55 1
2 1 The Maze Runner Fox $17,500,000 -46.2% 3,638 +34 $4,810 $58,018,000 $34 2
3 N The Boxtrolls Focus $17,250,000 3,464 $4,980 $17,250,000 1
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