Weekend Forecast: 'The Equalizer' & 'The Boxtrolls'
Featured Stories - on September 24, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
September closes out with two films aiming for completely different audiences: The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls.
- Denzel Washington has proven himself one of the most consistently bankable actors of his generation.
- The thriller concept and reuniting with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua adds to increased interest.
- Buzz for the film has been resoundingly positive for months, as evidenced by strong Flixster anticipation numbers.
- Somewhat surprisingly, Twitter and Facebook buzz haven't lived up to expectations and significantly trail that of Lucy.
- Opening as the third thriller in as many weeks could soften rush-out demand.
- Are some audiences waiting for David Fincher's Gone Girl next week?
- Laika Animation has a solid history of success with films like Coraline and ParaNorman.
- Flixster and Twitter activity are noticeably ahead of Dolphin Tale 2, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and ParaNorman.
- The family market hasn't seen a significant hit, let alone one in the animation genre, since mid-summer.
- Stop-motion animation rarely catches fire at the box office as today's kids are more accustomed to CGI.
- Facebook buzz has lacked ahead of release.
- After a number of animated releases over the past year, families may still be holding out for the holiday season before showing up at theaters again.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, Sep. 28|
|The Equalizer||Sep 26, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|The Maze Runner||Sep 19, 2014||Fox
|The Boxtrolls||Sep 26, 2014||Focus
|This Is Where I Leave You||Sep 19, 2014||Warner Bros.
|A Walk Among the Tombstones||Sep 19, 2014||Universal
|Dolphin Tale 2||Sep 12, 2014||Warner Bros.
|No Good Deed (2014)||Sep 12, 2014||Sony / Screen Gems
|Guardians of the Galaxy||Aug 1, 2014||Disney
|Let's Be Cops||Aug 13, 2014||Fox
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||Aug 8, 2014||Paramount
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.