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. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$6,643,342-50%3,049--$2,179$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$3,292,498-39%3,091--$1,065$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$1,901,370-31%3,11710$610$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,417,232-42%3,239-91$438$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$1,278,479-46%3,238-207$395$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$982,636-31%2,739-294$359$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$607,094-41%2,300-435$264$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$559,616-39%1,720-521$325$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$545,281-38%1,638-407$333$62,093,5876Fox
10Despicable Me 2$397,370-35%1,006-44$395$359,113,97511Universal
11The World's End$321,103-44%1,243-277$258$23,972,8574Focus
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$298,152-41%1,576-943$189$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$194,981-38%1,333-828$146$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$172,327-37%1,378-757$125$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$115,037-43%1,110-792$104$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,083,85251%933216$2,233$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$222,460-39%908-257$245$73,450,0807Universal
3The Smurfs 2$212,386-29%693-256$306$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
4The Spectacular Now$185,043-36%770355$240$5,737,7207A24
5The Grandmaster$142,318-26%705-99$202$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
6Turbo$139,214-28%353-5$394$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Conjuring$137,874-43%676-40$204$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$137,474-44%540-158$255$130,226,0588Fox
9World War Z$92,874-29%280-94$332$201,835,67613Paramount
10In a World...$74,162-43%14442$515$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
11The Way, Way Back$68,283-50%421-129$162$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
12Pacific Rim$67,038-31%254-53$264$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
13Kick-Ass 2$65,170-38%343-319$190$28,556,8805Universal
14The Heat$64,940-49%336-14$193$158,298,26312Fox
15Grown Ups 2$64,724-51%294-61$220$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
16The Ultimate Life$59,325-39%4120$144$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
17Closed Circuit$57,891-39%413-457$140$5,595,2463Focus
18Jobs$53,013-37%239-263$222$15,883,0525Open Road
19R.I.P.D.$33,620-42%164-17$205$33,455,8559Universal
20Now You See Me$32,620-41%171-34$191$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
21Red 2$27,222-55%209-41$130$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
22Fruitvale Station$19,744-35%137-51$144$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
23White House Down$16,791-45%117-51$144$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$16,102-41%91-110$177$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
2Salinger$12,321-40%40$3,080$157,6732Weinstein Company
3Populaire$12,121-23%1512$808$61,3532Weinstein Company
4Afternoon Delight$10,219-21%3914$262$152,4633The Film Arcade
5Chennai Express$7,658-50%30-23$255$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
6Satyagraha$6,259-45%35-44$179$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
7Paranoia$5,469-70%71-107$77$7,254,8815Relativity Media
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,514-9%10$2,514$20,6812Rialto Pictures
9Unfinished Song$2,494-22%17-4$147$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
10Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,962-51%11--$178$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
11Passion$1,571-33%12-1$131$85,7263eOne Films US
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,395-57%14-5$100$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$1,016-10%61$169$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$185285%4-5$46$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions