'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 Tue, Jan. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,428,017-61%3,4557$992$144,614,6633Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,558,120-57%3,7030$691$139,468,3393Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,076,721-52%2,9140$713$62,027,6742Sony / Columbia
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,931,414-62%3,72441$519$99,779,5283Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$1,707,277-57%3,0870$553$53,107,7272Paramount
6War Horse$1,566,288-57%2,547171$615$45,656,0742Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$1,516,891-60%3,16346$480$46,007,8902Fox
8New Year's Eve$606,315-52%2,2250$273$47,864,1384Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$587,176-46%2,3273$252$14,802,8102Summit
10The Sitter$301,037-40%1,348-138$223$27,117,3774Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$299,396-50%1,4110$212$276,424,8727Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$277,177-73%1,5415$180$83,838,2506Disney
13Arthur Christmas$115,478-54%1,343-181$86$46,188,6416Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$371,550-58%7585$490$40,687,2157Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$301,218-50%9870$305$12,970,4704Paramount
4The Artist$178,394-56%1670$1,068$5,627,1116Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$143,888-47%63028$228$9,351,1086Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$111,038-56%3890$285$145,849,36510Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$63,410-60%5250$121$61,029,2767Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$35,202-55%4550$77$36,686,0338Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$34,155-50%253-30$135$76,836,3809Universal
10Dolphin Tale$24,524-53%1880$130$72,040,49315Warner Bros.
11Immortals$23,534-45%2280$103$82,722,9668Relativity Media
12A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$18,776-44%2450$77$34,947,3219Warner Bros. / New Line
13In Time$16,915-44%12311$138$37,093,33010Fox
14Footloose (2011)$12,230-86%1820$67$51,682,74212Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 3$7,143-51%1240$58$104,014,97111Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$118,994-63%572$2,088$4,399,1804Focus
2Shame$40,477-48%555$736$2,084,3425Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,192-41%490$432$15,204,85739Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Iron Lady$20,285-69%4--$5,071$306,0941Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$15,526-61%60$2,588$367,9432Warner Bros.
6The Way$8,036-54%4720$171$4,195,44413Producers Distribution Agency
7Pariah (2011)$6,548-61%4--$1,637$108,3031Focus
8Drive (2011)$4,452-38%25-1$178$34,844,64316FilmDistrict
9Margin Call$3,813-51%29-1$131$5,258,00011Roadside Attractions
10Like Crazy$2,401-41%300$80$3,374,50110Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,734-59%2-1$867$55,0902FilmDistrict
12Inni$1569%10$156$117,84710Cinema Purgatorio