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 Wed, Aug. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$8,808,382-26%4,080--$2,159$126,759,4421Disney
2Lucy$1,904,220-26%3,20229$595$86,341,7552Universal
3Hercules (2014)$1,155,389-29%3,5950$321$56,866,3912Paramount
4Get On Up$949,160-29%2,468--$385$17,113,6301Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$944,221-27%3,283-385$288$192,693,7274Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$801,321-18%3,241-598$247$49,813,9923Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$702,560-23%2,656-200$265$65,731,7053Universal
8Sex Tape$464,307-20%2,500-562$186$35,465,4073Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$418,367-17%1,81654$230$11,699,0112Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$256,576-25%1,732-744$148$242,124,9106Paramount
11Tammy$173,203-16%1,415-1147$122$82,104,0445Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$865,204-19%652--$1,327$1,937,8040Screenvision
2A Most Wanted Man$302,635-9%726365$417$7,943,4832Roadside Attractions
3Boyhood$283,779-6%310203$915$8,313,1094IFC Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$201,136-20%861-497$234$169,251,5828Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Maleficent$181,037-17%681-396$266$235,350,30110Disney
622 Jump Street$154,779-25%828-785$187$189,009,8218Sony / Columbia
7Begin Again$86,078-9%727-517$118$14,026,7556Weinstein Company
8Earth to Echo$82,878-13%536-736$155$37,236,6375Relativity Media
9Chef$79,6500%350-55$228$28,552,23713Open Road
10Wish I Was Here$75,961-18%753128$101$3,303,9183Focus
11Edge of Tomorrow$74,035-20%40249$184$98,871,2979Warner Bros.
12The Fault in Our Stars$60,425-8%282-105$214$123,589,0329Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$59,108-20%4320$137$2,567,3992Open Road
14America (2014)$43,875-12%478-282$92$14,215,4586Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$40,748-1%286-176$142$46,342,0747Warner Bros.
16Kick$39,718-41%162-15$245$2,269,4162UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla (2014)$30,641-24%277-25$111$200,270,20912Warner Bros.
18Rio 2$29,921-13%212-18$141$131,111,89317Fox
19X-Men: Days of Future Past$23,973-22%190-99$126$231,779,70011Fox
20Blended$21,936-13%187-36$117$45,959,45811Warner Bros.
21Snowpiercer$19,88510%100-49$199$4,194,3806RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$19,505-4%177-31$110$149,830,42513Universal
23I Origins$10,759-2%12246$88$264,7013Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,54612%410$1,330$5,585,46418Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$12,28015%50-24$246$3,239,79710eOne Films US
3Calvary$8,34511%4--$2,086$98,3741Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,66039%591$130$111,409,62322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Words and Pictures$2,172-10%18-10$121$2,147,93011Roadside Attractions
6Yves Saint Laurent$1,494-18%80$187$268,0826Weinstein Company
7The LEGO Movie$1,229-80%38-164$32$257,725,90726Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$5548%7-2$79$60,755,26320Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$240-47%7-6$34$1,534,35513RADiUS-TWC
10As It Is in Heaven (2014)$11750%1--$117$10,0604Embark Visuals
11A Long Way Off$8512%10$85$30,0099Moving Visions Entertainment
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$77-79%40$19$211,1089RADiUS-TWC
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$75-37%1--$75$17,40511Rialto Pictures