Sony reports that The Equalizer bagged a strong $12.6 million first day, including Thursday's $1.5 million opening night grosses. That tops the $9.94 million bow of Denzel Washington's previous actioner, last year's 2 Guns ($9.94 million), as well as director Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen ($10.06 million). Positive buzz throughout the industry had been building for the film months in advance, leading to Sony's pre-release greenlighting of a sequel. Early word of mouth is very positive with an 81 percent Flixster score, significantly stronger than the film's 58 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating from critics. BoxOffice projects a $38 million opening weekend, while all signs point to a leggy run for the crowd-pleasing thriller.
Focus Features reports that Laika's The Boxtrolls took in $4.9 million on Friday, a healthy start for the stop-motion-CG hybrid animation in a market that needed another family offering. Laika was previously responsible for the well-received flicks Coraline and ParaNorman, which earned $4.5 million and $4.6 million opening days in 2009 and 2012, respectively. As an additional comparison, Tim Burton's Frankenweenie pulled a $3.3 million opening day two Octobers ago. Critics have awarded the film a positive 71 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, while early audience reception is similarly encouraging with a 76 percent Flixster score. BoxOffice projects a $16.8 million opening frame.
Fox reports that The Maze Runner eased 54 percent from opening day last week to $5.2 million on Friday. Through 8 days of release, the hit young adult adaptation has earned $45.7 million domestically--25 percent ahead of the pace of Ender's Game. BoxOffice projects a healthy $18 million sophomore frame.
A Walk Among the Tombstones was off 73 percent from its first Friday to $1.3 million yesterday. The noirish Liam Neeson thriller was certainly hit by new competition from The Equalizer. With $17.9 million in the bank after 8 days, the film is unfortunately pacing 37 percent behind The Grey. BoxOffice projects a $4.2 million second weekend.
Warner Bros.' This Is Where I Leave You took in $2.2 million to start its second weekend, down 43 percent from its first Friday. The dramedy's total now stands at $17.75 million, 4 percent behind the pace of Trouble with the Curve. BoxOffice projects a $7 million sophomore weekend.
Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy continues its march toward becoming the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe release not named The Avengers or Iron Man 3. The year's biggest blockbuster so far added $1.02 million on Friday, bringing its total domestic earnings to $316.4 million. Guardians continues to run 3 percent ahead of the pace of Iron Man, whose $318.4 million final gross will be surpassed sometime late Saturday or early Sunday. BoxOffice projects a $3.9 million weekend.