Denzel Equalizes Easily: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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It’s a musical chairs weekend here at Biff Bam Pop! as your usual Box Office reporter Andy Burns takes a few days off, so here I am to wrap up for J.P. Fallavollita‘s Box Office Predictions from a few days back. Did Denzel Washington Equalize the Box Office? How stiff was the competition from The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls? Find out after the jump!

The thinking here at Biff Bam Pop! was that The Equalizer and The Maze Runner would grab the top two spots with The Boxtrolls closely behind in third place – a tight race for second and third with first way ahead. Equally (pardon the pun) close would be fourth and fifth place for suspenser A Walk Among The Tombstones and comedy This Is Where I Leave You. Let’s see how that worked out.

The maze to successful box office...
The maze to successful box office…

While we totally called the The Equalizer as the number one flick of the weekend, but I suppose we should not doubt the drawing power of Denzel Washington as he pulled in ten million more than we guessed. I suppose nostalgia for the old TV series didn’t hurt any either, I guess we’ll be seeing more remakes in the future, maybe with Denzel. The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls both showed a strong $17 million, better than our predictions, but the rest of the movies this weekend secured that low box office we’ve seen with most films this year. This Is Where I Leave You earned $7 million, and Dolphin Tale 2 stayed in the running (or is that swimming?) for almost $5 million.

No Good Deed took the sixth place slot at the box office leaving Liam Neeson to wonder what he’s doing wrong and Denzel is doing right as his A Walk Among The Tombstones takes seventh with just above $4 million. Guardians of the Galaxy, the summer’s biggest hit enters autumn in eighth place, with Let’s Be Cops at nine, and the newest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still holding on at number ten.

So, to recap, here were the predictions:

1) The Equalizer – $25 million
2) The Maze Runner – $15 million
3) The Boxtrolls – $12 million
4) A Walk Among The Tombstones – $10 million
5) This Is Where I Leave You – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend actually turned out:

1) The Equalizer – $35 million
2) The Maze Runner – $17.5 million
3) The Boxtrolls – $17.2 million
4) This Is Where I Leave You – $7 million
5) Dolphin Tale 2 – $4.8 million

Next weekend we enter artfilm and Halloween horror season, but foremost on most folks’ sights is the much anticipated Gone Girl, based on the Gillian Flynn novel, directed by David Fincher, and starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. There’s real Oscar potential here, folks, expect reasonable box office.

Also on tap are The Good Lie with Reese Witherspoon, Men, Women & Children directed by Jason Reitman, the big budget remake of Left Behind with Nicholas Cage, and the prequel to The Conjuring, Annabelle. What will you be seeing next weekend?

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