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 Mon, Dec. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,823,089-26%3,92825$1,992$135,373,7842Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,242,6896%3,540-176$2,046$199,276,8065Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,791,072-27%3,507--$1,651$45,247,1401Paramount
4American Hustle$3,603,352-34%2,5072501$1,437$23,823,6532Sony / Columbia
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,278,758-20%2,949-614$773$373,997,0335Lionsgate
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,128,406-25%2,1102095$1,009$12,098,2732Disney
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,664,660-35%2,1940$759$29,819,9172Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,657,444-22%3,231--$513$8,749,3821Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$365,540-20%1,116-1148$328$201,145,4117Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$451,541-56%239--$1,889$3,875,0491Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$239,326-38%738-97$324$13,561,5155Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$210,325-39%148133$1,421$2,342,8393CBS Films
4The Book Thief$200,617-19%680-478$295$16,797,6147Fox
5Gravity$127,006-17%302-201$421$253,694,28812Warner Bros.
6Homefront$119,233-33%675-1427$177$19,903,0104Open Road
7Delivery Man$114,223-30%663-1378$172$29,393,4485Disney / DreamWorks
8Nebraska$111,334-37%31060$359$4,481,8036Paramount Vantage
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$94,264-4%313138$301$115,834,46013Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$83,909-33%301-196$279$37,164,22510Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$80,183-38%330-244$243$15,236,3058Focus
12Out of the Furnace$73,650-29%728-1373$101$11,001,9553Relativity Media
13The Best Man Holiday$70,200-38%351-571$200$69,864,6356Universal
14Last Vegas$48,842-38%333-393$147$62,293,6078CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$40,834-38%278-178$147$100,890,8859Paramount
16Captain Phillips$33,222-27%172-151$193$104,320,86211Sony / Columbia
17Despicable Me 2$31,5200%197-26$160$367,535,68025Universal
18Ender's Game$30,186-8%187-144$161$60,754,8398Lionsgate / Summit
19Free Birds$21,107-2%184-99$115$54,111,5718Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$11,756-46%138-29$85$24,845,83810Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$50,744-42%6--$8,457$462,4721Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$9,290-40%83-180$112$5,849,85910Roadside Attractions
3About Time$9,215-34%97-46$95$15,303,7688Universal
4Black Nativity$7,606-38%63-197$121$6,975,1094Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,439-28%85-38$76$68,426,38920Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,452-44%40$1,363$298,4454Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$3,976-42%42-30$95$17,413,10114Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,580-24%43-18$83$116,132,85519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$2,831-34%32-60$88$24,459,34413Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,018-40%29-27$35$36,902,99015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$781-4%21-130$37$2,182,0714FilmDistrict