'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 Fri, May. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$19,713,832159%4,2530$4,635$232,134,9162Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$19,412,782--3,535--$5,492$19,412,7821Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$1,339,409106%3,30316$406$37,947,6093Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$1,193,566--2,041--$585$1,193,5661Lionsgate
542 (2013)$1,117,386134%2,930-415$381$81,199,2655Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$1,039,250116%2,770-660$375$78,830,8654Universal
7The Croods$691,281200%2,650-265$261$170,306,7588Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$572,76061%2,298-335$249$16,360,4513Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$208,459174%1,007-850$207$30,146,4895Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$630,650202%852276$740$6,650,6293Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$276,620244%774-386$357$229,458,94010Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$186,29647%836-796$223$96,063,9208FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$176,09517%669-493$263$19,479,6317Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$158,42556%750-1054$211$119,315,3167Paramount
6Jurassic Park 3D$153,53575%653-327$235$44,272,4456Universal
7Evil Dead$85,84437%443-516$194$53,551,3526Sony / TriStar
8Jack the Giant Slayer$56,906182%281-54$203$64,292,49411Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$48,825194%279-21$175$133,570,83014Universal
10The Host (2013)$44,829171%30111$149$26,254,4137Open Road
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$38,62515%278-226$139$51,551,1247Lionsgate
12Silver Linings Playbook$34,37644%323-145$106$131,837,95926Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$30,44682%118-5$258$1,730,3368Weinstein Company
14The Call$28,865--121-79$239$51,005,2689Sony / TriStar
15Snitch (2013)$28,454140%188-27$151$42,598,83412Lionsgate / Summit
16Escape From Planet Earth$23,601268%254-3$93$55,262,83813Weinstein Company
18Safe Haven$14,653120%124-45$118$71,251,19313Relativity Media
19Side Effects (2013)$9,2119%108-57$85$32,128,25914Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$18,965133%228$862$159,7133Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$18,42259%520$354$12,419,59556Warner Bros. / IMAX
3No One Lives$18,078--53--$341$18,0781Anchor Bay Films
4Filly Brown$15,46745%92-112$168$2,673,2564Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,15063%2319$441$72,5072eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,5256%300$318$22,608,960110Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Life of Pi$8,36548%70-29$120$124,786,86725Fox
8Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$8,224138%4323$191$110,5932Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Quartet$7,93828%59-27$135$18,130,69818Weinstein Company
10From Up on Poppy Hill$6,17753%37-2$167$873,6219GKIDS
11Trance$5,887-3%40-46$147$2,252,7436Fox Searchlight
12Stories We Tell$5,378--2--$2,689$5,3781Roadside Attractions
13A Good Day to Die Hard$4,82981%50-22$97$67,309,98813Fox
14Dark Skies$3,701208%290$128$17,376,01512Weinstein / Dimension
15Spring Breakers$3,556-30%16-27$222$14,023,2809A24
1621 And Over$3,3390%37-45$90$25,666,95111Relativity Media
17The Lords of Salem$2,496-24%15-35$166$1,160,0614Anchor Bay Films
18Starbuck$2,061-25%9-19$229$3,772,6538eOne Films US
19Not Today$2,019523%52$404$155,8705Freestyle Releasing
20The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,64463%6-4$274$543,57611Methinx Entertainment
21Emperor$1,366-32%10-10$137$3,315,34810Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$478--1--$478$4781GKIDS
23Django Unchained$463-38%5-7$93$162,803,57720Weinstein Company
24Camp (2013)$441-28%3-9$147$313,83112Freestyle Releasing