'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, Jul. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$5,076,57221%3,9692$1,279$148,490,2792Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$3,562,4157%2,806--$1,270$36,702,8701Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,329,18325%3,826--$609$21,694,7471Disney
4Sex Tape$1,972,60227%3,062--$644$18,129,5981Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,441,80723%3,224-689$447$229,616,6814Paramount
6Tammy$1,112,60627%3,402-63$327$73,041,2163Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$786,88122%2,229-582$353$181,946,6636Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$755,41933%2,169-716$348$162,100,2406Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$606,74227%2,450-780$248$33,072,1103Relativity Media
11Begin Again$406,28337%1,302363$312$10,067,3744Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$248,04112%1,030-75$241$11,891,3754Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$239,49411%1,491-1558$161$29,676,4613Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$210,18041%1,003-965$210$44,794,2955Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$172,06220%557-445$309$121,914,9717Fox
2Edge of Tomorrow$161,11920%602-501$268$96,913,5807Warner Bros.
3Chef$149,51016%552-149$271$26,200,66211Open Road
4Think Like a Man Too$135,18615%628-603$215$64,187,5745Sony / Screen Gems
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$114,58120%387-268$296$230,695,1509Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$79,37412%32623$243$199,170,22310Warner Bros.
8Rio 2$60,36136%256-29$236$130,343,73415Fox
9Blended$52,76427%285-50$185$45,307,1329Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$39,0156%230-37$170$149,168,85011Universal
11The LEGO Movie$16,43229%202-148$81$257,514,04624Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$152,7397%3429$4,492$2,081,4912IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$62,44513%68--$918$602,3091Focus
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,97913%410$1,195$4,714,17916Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Grand Seduction$24,50241%90-2$272$2,978,8318eOne Films US
5Belle$19,51539%92-15$212$10,482,66912Fox Searchlight
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,71816%46-17$168$58,957,39920Fox Searchlight
7The Other Woman (2014)$7,52045%60-36$125$83,833,81013Fox
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,34251%63-15$117$111,303,20120Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Yves Saint Laurent$4,15036%11-3$377$217,5254Weinstein Company
10I Origins$4,05223%4--$1,013$34,9971Fox Searchlight
11Fed Up$1,279-31%12-8$107$1,518,92011RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,13436%11-14$103$60,739,84918Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$550-1%104$55$207,2247RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$24042%8-2$30$8,459,40311Clarius Entertainment