'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, Feb. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$3,383,094-40%2,511--$1,347$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$3,255,455-51%3,22257$1,010$93,619,6153Universal
3Escape From Planet Earth$3,139,061-39%3,35365$936$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4A Good Day to Die Hard$2,613,433-45%3,5552$735$51,967,8972Fox
5Safe Haven$2,145,432-55%3,2230$666$47,916,3562Relativity Media
6Dark Skies$1,601,374-54%2,313--$692$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,302,287-55%2,012-190$647$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,112,230-51%2,644-253$421$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$916,573-44%2,9500$311$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$736,003-55%2,070-535$356$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$508,595-56%1,197-330$425$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$484,518-38%1,425-678$340$52,945,0865Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$401,147-52%572-75$701$113,525,12614Fox
2Argo$391,144-59%802-101$488$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
3Lincoln$364,264-52%875-132$416$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$256,290-53%35623$720$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$232,065-51%659-358$352$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$183,053-42%402-104$455$186,676,41117Disney
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,110-42%388-217$400$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
8Les Miserables (2012)$154,575-51%462-214$335$146,696,6909Universal
9Kai Po Che$134,995-46%110--$1,227$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
10Bless Me, Ultima$132,547-33%263--$504$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$111,913-36%305-33$367$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$71,707-51%381-222$188$75,772,7339Fox
13The Impossible$66,576-53%273-149$244$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$61,004-34%302-38$202$39,863,7207Open Road
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$58,647-40%223-31$263$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
16Gangster Squad$37,279-40%202-8$185$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$34,895-45%18698$188$36,961,59210Paramount
19Skyfall$29,151-58%184-78$158$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
20The Last Stand$16,415-32%11460$144$12,026,6706Lionsgate
21Jack Reacher$14,107-58%100-75$141$79,465,89010Paramount
22Bullet to the Head$11,489-33%105-365$109$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$15,061-52%65-21$232$6,126,49212Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,003-30%520$289$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Broken City$12,868-42%98-35$131$19,583,5526Fox
4This is 40$10,515-53%96-71$110$67,523,38510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$8,474-50%41-78$207$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,988-35%300$266$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$6,646-32%44-52$151$34,334,2568Lionsgate
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$4,977-24%9-13$553$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
9Anna Karenina (2012)$3,648-56%28-23$130$12,802,90715Focus
10Hitchcock$3,605-40%162$225$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$2,274-52%160$142$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
12Movie 43$2,220-62%21-14$106$8,799,3745Relativity Media
13Race 2$1,191-26%5-6$238$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
14A Late Quartet$1,172-49%7-6$167$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
15Camp (2013)$513-27%1--$513$7,7851Freestyle Releasing