Long Range Forecast: 'The Equalizer' & 'The Boxtrolls'

Featured Stories - on August 01, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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This week BoxOffice takes a closer look at the commercial prospects for The Equalizer. Will Denzel Washington connect at the box office again or are audiences sick of vigilante films?

The Equalizer
(Sony)

PROS:

- Few actors carry as much mainstream trust as Denzel Washington. The Oscar winner hasn't had a bomb in years.
- The notion of Washington teaming up again with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will be very appealing to many moviegoers.
- Fuqua is on fire after the recent success of Olympus Has Fallen.
- The film's strong first trailer establishes the tone without giving too much of the story away.  

CONS:

- Vigilante films are hit and miss.
- Opening one week after A Walk Among The Tombstones could hurt The Equalizer. Both films are aimed at key male demos.

The Boxtrolls
(Focus)

PROS:

- Laika Animation has found respectable success with past films such as Coraline, ParaNorman, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
- The relative lack of kiddie fare after August could bring out families.

CONS:

- Stop-motion and non-CG animated flicks have a hard time breaking out due to younger audiences having grown used to CGI fare.
- With a busy August and holiday season surrounding it, the Fall release could mean families save money and stay home. 

Check our predictions for The Equalizer, The Boxtrolls, and others in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total
The Boxtrolls Sep 26, 2014 Focus
$14,000,000 $59,000,000
The Equalizer Sep 26, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$35,000,000 $110,000,000
The Maze Runner Sep 19, 2014 Fox
$21,000,000 $52,000,000
A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19, 2014 Universal
$17,000,000 $49,000,000
Tusk Sep 19, 2014 A24
$4,000,000 $8,000,000
This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19, 2014 Warner Bros.
$13,000,000 $39,000,000
No Good Deed (2014) Sep 12, 2014 Sony / Screen Gems
$10,000,000 $23,000,000
Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12, 2014 Warner Bros.
$18,000,000 $62,000,000
The Green Inferno Sep 5, 2014 Open Road
$7,000,000 $15,000,000
As Above/So Below Aug 29, 2014 Universal
$13,000,000 $27,000,000
The November Man Aug 27, 2014 Relativity Media
$9,000,000 $22,000,000
If I Stay Aug 22, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$13,000,000 $34,000,000
When the Game Stands Tall Aug 22, 2014 Sony / TriStar
$14,000,000 $51,000,000
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Weinstein / Dimension
$20,000,000 $47,000,000
The Expendables 3 Aug 15, 2014 Lionsgate
$24,000,000 $68,000,000
The Giver Aug 15, 2014 Weinstein Company
$12,000,000 $33,000,000
Let's Be Cops Aug 13, 2014 Fox
$20,000,000 $80,000,000
Into the Storm Aug 8, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$12,000,000 $34,000,000
The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 8, 2014 Disney / DreamWorks
$11,000,000 $42,000,000
Step Up All In Aug 8, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$11,000,000 $30,000,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Aug 8, 2014 Paramount
$39,000,000 $102,000,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.  

Tags: The Boxtrolls, predictions, The Equalizer

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