Grosses

'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 Sun, Sep. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,298,131-22%2,330--$3,991$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$3,460,435-46%3,2220$1,074$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$2,904,323-34%2,886--$1,006$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$1,734,633-39%3,01479$576$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,220,365-37%2,408--$507$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,020,719-44%2,476--$412$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$798,926-31%1,88314$424$10,002,6252Lionsgate
8The Debt$703,802-49%1,831-45$384$26,564,4313Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$691,415-43%2,340-547$295$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$607,436-39%1,933-421$314$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$539,796-30%1,650-894$327$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$414,735-51%2,082-766$199$17,310,4023Relativity Media
13The Smurfs$396,569-33%1,419-558$279$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$352,024-51%1,145-165$307$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
15Our Idiot Brother$314,006-45%1,747-649$180$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$271,490-46%1,334-917$204$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$263,586-46%1,795-1535$147$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$108,933-30%1,5000$73$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$297,982-33%230132$1,296$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$205,877-34%601-209$343$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$149,299-43%540-264$276$174,301,5209Paramount
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$143,316-31%306129$468$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
5Seven Days in Utopia$142,082-38%437-118$325$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
6Cowboys & Aliens$141,220-41%614-306$230$98,830,2768Universal
7Bridesmaids$126,565325%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
8Horrible Bosses$105,314-47%444-59$237$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
9Zookeeper$104,299-40%3485$300$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
10Bad Teacher$84,470-41%474378$178$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
11Sarah's Key$75,067-38%266-40$282$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
12Final Destination 5$54,045-40%302-353$179$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
1330 Minutes or Less$53,827-45%291-355$185$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
14The Change-Up$53,725-48%307-67$175$36,841,2457Universal
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$48,431-37%213-39$227$67,893,86514Fox
16One Day$38,610-41%254-238$152$13,766,0145Focus
17Saving Private Perez$36,39831%116-49$314$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Kung Fu Panda 2$32,878-25%142-22$232$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
19Super 8$25,221-37%159-44$159$126,869,83315Paramount
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$24,265-35%154-397$158$21,150,2445Lionsgate
21Green Lantern$14,108-43%103-52$137$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,200-24%490$739$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Monte Carlo$15,461-46%46-23$336$23,131,33412Fox
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,099-31%1916$795$163,6843Indomina Media
4Circumstance$13,823-32%318$446$254,4664Roadside Attractions
5Friends With Benefits$12,111-59%96-18$126$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tree of Life$10,827-30%41-21$264$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$6,894-32%35-16$197$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,864-29%293$168$501,8588Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,277-1%25-8$131$1,341,9998Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,272-15%17-24$134$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,796-38%176$106$383,37311Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$492-9%5-3$98$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$8913%1-4$89$5,0052Anchor Bay Films