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 Tue, Oct. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,727,43766%3,24715$532$45,778,8122Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,493,52116%3,412--$438$31,783,6641Paramount
3Taken 2$1,083,90434%3,489-217$311$107,722,5693Fox
4Alex Cross$927,89728%2,539--$365$13,051,8831Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$790,08220%2,54215$311$33,181,4592Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$674,97912%3,3849$199$119,802,1494Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$596,89031%3,0140$198$24,184,1102Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$531,95033%2,660-127$200$46,447,8534Universal
9Looper$492,80345%2,223-382$222$58,674,3914Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$412,74244%1,4800$279$9,860,1472CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$299,50812%2,362-643$127$28,806,2323Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$191,32630%74519$257$9,462,0155Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$96,86520%751-800$129$38,073,1575Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$74,12917%925-887$80$34,221,9255Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$72,72747%945-67$77$2,982,4652Atlas Distribution
5The Master$65,83466%412-270$160$14,843,7436Weinstein Company
6Arbitrage$37,922116%169-25$224$7,116,7636Roadside Attractions
7The Dark Knight Rises$36,10327%345-120$105$446,828,68814Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$23,1440%746-1120$31$30,829,2655Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$18,56045%232-13$80$112,840,02011Universal
10Dredd 3D$16,35625%1605$102$13,355,3655Lionsgate
11Lawless$13,41441%184-103$73$37,287,0358Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,1287%222-15$50$160,094,06315Fox
13Ted (2012)$9,810-5%109-36$90$218,648,84517Universal
14Won't Back Down$8,44482%168-345$50$5,241,8504Fox
15ParaNorman$7,18911%168-8$43$54,678,00510Focus
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,10810%149-27$34$48,584,12812Fox
17The Possession$2,878-13%133-236$22$48,839,8278Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$12,30127%4--$3,075$135,4911Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,8991%520$229$9,295,88227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$7,10427%300$237$21,102,34181Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$6,41048%601$107$12,833,64522Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$5,96840%92-54$65$84,583,51810Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,80328%74-27$51$86,444,33211Warner Bros.
7Moonrise Kingdom$2,96682%29-27$102$45,493,71922Focus
8War of the Buttons (2012)$2,58466%3530$74$28,4152Weinstein Company
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,10156%28-8$75$11,190,09617Fox Searchlight
10Thaandavam$810289%2-1$405$213,1634UTV Communications
11Barfi!$781100%10-24$78$2,800,6166UTV Communications
12Gayby$161-48%1--$161$8,7002The Film Collaborative