'The Equalizer' Comfortably Leads on Monday with $2.97MSeptember 30, 2014 12:40 PM

by Daniel Garris

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).

The Maze Runner placed in second with $0.97 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox continues to hold up relatively well, as it was down 77 percent from Sunday and down 48 percent from last Monday. The Maze Runner has grossed a strong $58.92 million in eleven days and is set to clear the $60 million mark either today or Wednesday. The film is currently running 29 percent ahead of the $45.59 million eleven-day take of last year's Ender's Game and is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls claimed third place with $0.73 million. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was down a sizable 85 percent from Sunday, which is a sign of the film skewing heavily towards family audiences. The Boxtrolls has grossed a stronger than expected $18.01 million in four days. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $15.54 million start of 2012's ParaNorman.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You took fourth place with $0.58 million. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey was down 64 percent from Sunday and down just 33 percent from last Monday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $23.02 million in eleven days. While that is a bit below expectations, the film continues to display very solid holding power thus far.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones rounded out Monday's top five with $0.39 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down 63 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 59 percent from last Monday. A Walk Among the Tombstones has grossed an underwhelming $21.22 million in eleven days and continues to display early signs of being significantly front-loaded.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Hotel Transylvania$42,522,194--3,349--$12,697$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$20,801,552--2,992--$6,952$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$7,812,077-41%2,78050$2,810$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,277,385-40%3,2120$2,266$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,122,347-42%3,0830$2,310$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,035,826-58%2,639-265$1,529$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$2,986,356-55%2,381-635$1,254$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,603,370--2,515--$1,035$2,603,3701Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,363,956-62%2,55751$925$10,948,5632Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,362,404-48%1,618-980$842$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11Lawless$867,807-62%1,503-1111$577$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$648,195-58%1,187-565$546$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Pitch Perfect$5,149,433--335--$15,371$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$2,680,554-39%85668$3,131$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,103,946383%10298$10,823$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$869,407-27%25511$3,409$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$789,429-38%655-293$1,205$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$782,800-51%824-607$950$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$524,199-64%815-1005$643$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8The Campaign$488,008-60%630-620$775$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$425,491-50%691-456$616$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
102016: Obama's America$411,929-56%575-641$716$32,946,36512Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$384,421-29%387-33$993$159,080,86612Fox
12Barfi!$321,034-50%127-3$2,528$2,462,0083UTV Communications
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,275-42%241-49$1,121$623,279,54722Disney
14The Amazing Spider-Man$221,547-10%204-49$1,086$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Unconditional$212,881-59%231-81$922$879,6052Veracity Moving Pictures
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$190,722-42%332-42$574$48,034,7119Fox
17Ted (2012)$175,485-28%225-68$780$218,118,55014Universal
18Total Recall (2012)$160,066-43%239-83$670$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
19Last Ounce of Courage$158,494-72%297-767$534$3,202,5813Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Sleepwalk With Me$151,074-35%120-15$1,259$1,876,8496IFC Films
21Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$149,170-33%203-37$735$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Words$147,977-80%278-969$532$11,434,8674CBS Films
24The Intouchables$136,300-25%121-35$1,126$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
25Premium Rush$132,031-64%208-359$635$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
26Robot & Frank$99,702-45%116-40$860$3,064,3887IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Sparkle (2012)$97,475-23%22014$443$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
28Step Up Revolution$63,509-55%110-72$577$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
29Hit and Run$41,176-70%132-159$312$13,714,1376Open Road
30The Cold Light of Day$33,795-43%104-51$325$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

2Thaandavam$123,753--45--$2,750$129,0441UTV Communications
3Searching For Sugar Man$95,3452%37-1$2,577$1,318,74510Sony Pictures Classics
4Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$90,69942%1411$6,479$193,5432IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Arctic 3D$90,5278%520$1,741$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Heroine$75,725-81%97-17$781$560,2852UTV Communications
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,563-44%69-63$1,008$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$65,845-49%82-38$803$45,294,88819Focus
9For A Good Time, Call...$53,459-64%84-21$636$1,205,0455Focus
10Liberal Arts$49,11827%3212$1,535$150,2103IFC Films
11My Uncle Rafael$45,038-59%5-9$9,008$182,0842Rocky Mountain Pictures
1210 Years$39,721-46%6320$630$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
13The Apparition$38,104235%6530$586$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
14The Queen of Versailles$37,526-25%38-2$988$2,284,88611Magnolia Pictures
15To Rome with Love$35,620-35%23-27$1,549$16,592,13815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Watch$32,946-38%46-31$716$34,287,28410Fox
17Vulgaria$31,097--16--$1,944$31,0971China Lion Film
18Detropia$27,315-17%110$2,483$177,8784Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$27,013-11%14-1$1,930$34,546,616133Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Born to Be Wild 3D$26,80627%330$812$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$26,522-65%40-45$663$3,115,1154Paramount
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,661-38%32-15$802$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
23The Other Dream Team$19,821--2--$9,911$19,8211The Film Arcade
24Celeste and Jesse Forever$18,826-60%34-20$554$3,053,9959Sony Pictures Classics
25Backwards$17,050-26%94$1,894$50,8852Dada Films
26How To Survive A Plague$16,145-43%73$2,306$57,1252IFC Films
27Safety Not Guaranteed$12,675-37%34-6$373$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
28Ruby Sparks$9,363-53%17-26$551$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
29Keep the Lights On$9,354-59%5-3$1,871$172,0374Music Box Films
30Hello I Must Be Going$8,769-58%11-4$797$83,8144Oscilloscope
31Toys in the Attic$7,87024%60$1,312$59,7774Hannover House
32Wild Horse, Wild Ride$7,648-51%8-6$956$94,6216Screen Media Films
33The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,648300%116$695$303,73711Kino Lorber
34Chicken With Plums$7,590-54%9-8$843$181,9737Sony Pictures Classics
35Occupy Unmasked$7,521-82%40$1,880$51,7872Magnolia / Magnet
362 Days In New York$7,440-48%9-9$827$601,4178Magnolia Pictures
37Tales of the Night$7,154--1--$7,154$10,9751GKIDS
38The Waiting Room$7,086--4--$1,772$15,9981International Film Circuit
39Compliance$6,146-52%15-1$410$302,4167Magnolia Pictures
40Somewhere Between$5,831-49%31$1,944$50,1136Long Shot Factory
41Farewell, My Queen$5,590-44%12-8$466$1,329,66012Cohen Media Group
42Elena (2012)$4,725137%31$1,575$228,23920Zeitgeist Films
44The Eye of the Storm$4,160--2--$2,080$67,0414Sycamore Entertainment
45Under the Sea 3D$3,873-75%70$553$32,371,867190Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Radio Unnameable$3,695-37%10$3,695$15,8262Kino Lorber
47Red Hook Summer$3,592--6--$599$331,0258Variance Films
4817 Girls$3,499-21%5-5$700$10,7002Strand Releasing
49Head Games$3,270--3--$1,090$4,8542Variance Films
50The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,022-22%32$1,007$7,4662Oscilloscope
51Death by China$2,887596%21$1,444$25,5207Area23a
52Cosmopolis$2,348-10%5-4$470$761,5527Entertainment One Films
53Step Up to the Plate$2,066-79%1-5$2,066$26,8173Cinema Guild
54Husbands In Goa$1,991-56%4-3$498$7,4552UTV Communications
55Neil Young Journeys$1,910149%9-2$212$208,34014Sony Pictures Classics
56Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,714-23%70$245$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment
57Unforgivable$1,687427%10$1,687$145,39314Strand Releasing
58How To Grow A Band$1,623331%20$812$19,23725International Film Circuit
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,591-66%20$796$160,85821Rialto Pictures
60[REC] 3: Genesis$1,2583%2-1$629$8,9734Magnolia / Magnet
61Bringing Up Bobby$1,005--1--$1,005$1,0051Monterey Media
62You've Been Trumped$9217%2-1$461$19,3979International Film Circuit
63Headshot$532--2--$266$5321Kino Lorber
64Neighboring Sounds$416-73%20$208$42,5366Cinema Guild
65We Won't Grow Old Together$374--1--$374$10,31717The Film Desk
66Three Stars$369-63%10$369$8,6922First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$292--1--$292$70,41118Kino Lorber
68Planet of Snail$274--1--$274$11,96710Cinema Guild
69Branded$24-93%1-1$24$353,4684Roadside Attractions