The result is a Top Ten total gross of $30.6 million, up $2 million from the same Friday last year, when “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” led three new wide openers with $9.2 million and a weekend matinee-fueled total of $34 million. “The Equalizer” should end up with around the same three-day gross, with the weekend coming in just about the same after last week saw a decent uptick.
“The Maze Runner” ranked second for the day with just under $5.2 million, dropping over 50% from last Friday. For the weekend, “The Boxtrolls” (Focus), the latest animated feature from Laika (“ParaNorman,” “Coraline”), should end up in second place. Its Friday gross of $4.9 million is the best first day take of any Laika production.
The rest of the Top Ten consists of unimpressive totals for holdovers. “This Is Where I Leave You” (Warner Bros.) at $2.2 million and fourth place managed to drop only about 40%. But it didn’t start well last week. “No Good Deed” (Sony) on its third Friday managed fifth place with $1,350,000, ahead of “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (Universal) in sixth. The latter fell around 70% from its initial take last Friday.
Two other films managed over $1 million for the day. “Dolphin Tale 2” (Warner Bros.) with $1,260,000 in seventh could climb to fifth for the weekend after matinee business, but still is far behind what its predecessor grossed. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Buena Vista) placed eighth at just over $1 million.
Ninth place was taken by “Let’s Be Cops” (20th Century Fox) with only $430,000, and tenth by “The Skeleton Twins” (Roadside Attractions) grossing around $400,000 in only 385 theaters.