Sony's The Equalizer took in $2.97 million to lead the daily box office with ease on Monday. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington has led the daily box office for four consecutive days. The Equalizer was down 64 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a healthy four-day start of $37.11 million. That places the film 3.5 percent behind the $38.44 million four-day take of 2010's The Book of Eli (which had the advantage of its first Monday falling on Martin Luther King Day).

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Sony's The Equalizer debuted in first place this weekend with a strong start of $34.14 million. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington debuted towards the higher end of pre-release expectations, which were lofty, especially for the month of September. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Equalizer delivered the fourth largest opening weekend ever for the month of September (behind only 2012's Hotel Transylvania, 2013's Insidious Chapter 2 and 2002's Sweet Home Alabama). The film's debut represented the third largest opening weekend performance ever for Washington (behind only 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House). The Equalizer opened 4 percent stronger than the $32.

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Sony's The Equalizer debuted in first place this weekend with a strong estimated start of $35.0 million. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington debuted on the higher end of pre-release expectations, which were lofty, especially for the month of September. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Equalizer delivered the fourth largest opening weekend ever for the month of September (behind only 2012's Hotel Transylvania, 2013's Insidious Chapter 2 and 2002's Sweet Home Alabama). The film's debut represented the third largest opening weekend performance ever for Washington (behind only 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House). The Equalizer opened 7 percent stronger than the $32.

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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.

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Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.98 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was up a healthy 12 percent over Wednesday. It should be noted that family films and films that appeal to family audiences experienced strong holds in general on Thursday due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The Maze Runner was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $40.52 million. That was 20 percent stronger than the $33.75 million seven-day take of last year's Ender's GameThe Maze Runner has also displayed relatively strong holding power throughout the week.

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Fox reports that The Maze Runner tacked on another $1.77 million in first place yesterday, off 26 percent from Tuesday's gross. The latest hit young adult adaptation has taken in $38.5 million in its first six days, putting it 19 percent ahead of Ender's Game through the same point.

This Is Where I Leave You moved up a notch into second place as it posted $0.94 million yesterday, down 22 percent from Tuesday. The ensemble dramedy's six-day tally is $14.6 million, 5 percent behind Trouble with the Curve.

Trading places with Leave You, Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones pulled $0.91 million on Tuesday for a 28 percent day-to-day decline.

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Fox's The Maze Runner took in $2.39 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was up an encouraging 28 percent over Monday's performance. The Maze Runner has grossed $36.77 million in five days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $30.99 million five-day start of last year's Ender's Game.

A Walk Among the Tombstones held steady in second place with $1.26 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was up 31 percent over Monday.

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