'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jun. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$3,922,060-21%3,816--$1,028$67,199,9351Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,688,452-2%3,339--$805$26,268,9141Fox
3Super 8$2,427,726-8%3,40829$712$80,621,8272Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,388,807-12%3,375-317$411$124,785,2013Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,301,179-1%3,469-460$375$147,452,1354Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Hangover Part II$1,221,107-5%3,460-215$353$236,850,6674Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$892,428-3%2,742-691$325$223,405,9765Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$468,4715%2,5240$186$12,304,4682Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$155,965-2%11568$1,356$4,362,0274Fox Searchlight
3The Art of Getting By$133,010-5%610--$218$1,088,0301Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$105,8800%456-873$232$207,134,5258Universal
5Rio (2011)$93,266-8%408-119$229$139,000,06810Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$67,3990%212165$318$7,428,67011Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Water for Elephants$63,1850%351-115$180$57,368,9199Fox
9The Lincoln Lawyer$28,926-6%220119$131$57,458,66314Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$19,143-16%114-68$168$9,905,0368Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,463-2%161-87$115$54,444,63612Summit
12Limitless$12,6392%117-49$108$79,114,58014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Something Borrowed$34,914-3%47-319$743$38,177,0847Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$30,8339%332$934$25,926,83266Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,121-4%90-27$135$52,597,88813Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$11,0409%68-22$162$11,129,84415Focus
8Submarine$10,0516%269$387$236,7363Weinstein Company
9Win Win$5,9725%67-33$89$10,094,70514Fox Searchlight
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,134-13%71-41$72$52,864,5059Lionsgate
11Everything Must Go$4,18317%55-32$76$2,610,3566Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$4,05725%44-22$92$11,470,53510Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5812%18-62$143$38,167,89210Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,404-2%2-2$1,202$55,9063Anchor Bay Films
15Kill the Irishman$2,4041207%83$301$5515Anchor Bay Films
16The Beaver$1,3758%23-23$60$939,6177Summit
17The Last Mountain$1,156-8%74$165$68,5443Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$193-22%10$193$73,4045Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$6643%31$22$249,15814Roadside Attractions