Int’l Box Office Update: ‘The Equalizer’ Clocks $19M In Debut; ‘Maze Runner’ Races To $92.3M; ‘Gone Girl’ On Deck; More
Final UPDATE, 3:30 PM: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let's Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mu… Read
Box Office Final: ‘The Equalizer’ $34.1M; ‘Boxtrolls’ $17.2M For No. 3 Behind ‘Maze Runner’s $17.4M
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… Read
‘Skeleton Twins’ Robust In Specialty Box-Office Expansion; ‘Pride’ Solid In Debut
Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week's 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.
Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they're gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films' The Trip To Italy with Ste… Read
Box Office Late Nights: ‘The Equalizer’ $1.45M On Way To Nice Weekend For Sony
Sony and Denzel Washington's The Equalizer opened on 2,693 runs last night starting at 7 PM and took in about $1.45M. The best comp for this one is probably 2 Guns, which grossed about $1.27M at 8 PM screenings and ended up at $27M for the weekend. Another comp to look at is Liam Neeson's Non-Stop which — like the Denzel pic — also had higher female interest. That one grossed $720K in 1,928 late-night spots (725 fewer) and had a three-day weekend of $28.8M. The Equalizer… Read
Box Office Preview: ‘The Equalizer’ Will Show Denzel Muscle; ‘The Boxtrolls’ A Welcome Family Entree
Sony and Denzel Washington hope The Equalizer is the beginning of a franchise for them and it could very well be while the stop-motion 3-D animated film The Boxtrolls is a welcome family film during what has been a bit of a dry spell of animated fare so the kids should gobble this one up. It's going into a the second weekend of The Maze Runner but still these two pics should give a nice one-two punch. So let's analyze these two films. First of all, The Equalizer: The… Read
‘The Nut Job’ Uncovers Its $100M Worldwide Gross
Every once in a while a little film comes along and just continues slow and steady and before you know it, out of nowhere it amasses $100M at the box office. The Nut Job, the 3D animated film marketed and distributed by Open Road Films domestically (with The Weinstein Co. handling international sales) has done just that. First, The Nut Job became the biggest box office opener ever for an indie animated feature when it opened to $19.4M earlier this year. And now, a nice… Read
‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China
UPDATED, Monday, 12:47 PM: We have all 29 films' final totals updated so far, including this weekend's big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal's The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let's Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks' Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount's newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox's YA… Read
Box Office FINAL: ‘Maze Runner’ Finds $32.5M; Liam’s ‘Walk’ Limps In With $12.7M; ‘Where I Leave You,’ $11.5M
FINAL UPDATE, Monday, 2:12 PM: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox's The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren't so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn't appeal to the female audience — that same demo which… Read
Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Off To Good Start With $1.1M, ‘Tombstones’ Takes In $480K – Late Night Numbers
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 — Div… Read
‘Fault In Our Stars’ Box Office To Cross $300M Worldwide On Modest Budget: How’d It Happen?
The modestly-budgeted The Fault In Our Stars (Fox has said it was $12M; others said it was $16 but more like $14M after the tax incentive) will gross over $300M worldwide by week's end for Fox. If ever there was a perfect storm in releasing a film, this was it. This picture slogged through the monsters, the superheroes and the animated dragons of the summer to become one of the most profitable pictures in recent memory.
How did it happen? It didn't hurt that the film was… Read
Box Office Preview: ‘Maze Runner’ To Put ‘Tombstones’ In Ground; ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Debuts
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox's sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 PM, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend's bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That's not including marketing… Read
Box Office Final: ‘No Good Deed’ $24.2M; ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ $15.8M As ‘Guardians’ Passes $300M
5TH UPDATE, Monday, 3:18 PM: Screen Gems' thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs' estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment's crime drama The Drop ended the weekend… Read