'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, Aug. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$17,810,885-20%3,845--$4,632$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,865,127-24%4,0888$3,147$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$4,378,519-32%3,434--$1,275$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,013,184-30%2,023--$1,489$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
6Hercules (2014)$1,618,307-31%2,896-699$559$63,508,1383Paramount
7Step Up All In$1,516,849-28%2,072--$732$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
8Get On Up$1,492,580-32%2,4691$605$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,300,815-27%2,306-977$564$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$727,834-27%2,280-961$319$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$641,530-30%1,602-1054$400$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$336,356-34%1,111-705$303$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$621,487-37%80175$776$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$295,407-37%944-1556$313$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$206,297-28%526-335$392$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$163,418-34%580-1152$282$242,880,0317Paramount
6Tammy$123,098-44%550-865$224$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$99,817-31%313-515$319$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$98,751-25%265-137$373$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
9Chef$89,617-37%242-108$370$28,944,19914Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,810-25%22737$378$232,077,84612Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$57,872-27%223-59$260$123,846,54710Fox
12Begin Again$51,803-33%245-482$211$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$42,544-21%178-99$239$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
14Earth to Echo$42,479-28%217-319$196$37,458,6396Relativity Media
15Jersey Boys$33,433-31%150-136$223$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
16The Fluffy Movie$31,698-14%156-276$203$2,705,0413Open Road
17Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$30,547-88%251--$122$2,412,7521Screenvision
18Rio 2$30,473-49%166-46$184$131,261,54818Fox
19Blended$29,843-29%144-43$207$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$28,981-25%202-551$143$3,459,6674Focus
21Neighbors (2014)$26,355-31%139-38$190$149,939,69014Universal
22America (2014)$21,624-14%121-357$179$14,320,8577Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$18,042-24%104-57$173$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$78,069-28%4440$1,774$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,231-27%410$957$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$36,413-24%20--$1,821$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$28,544-28%74-88$386$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
6I Origins$10,756-21%88-34$122$308,5854Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$7,608-28%33-17$231$3,273,95311eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$6,922-32%60-36$115$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$5,691-38%31-84$184$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,275-37%44-53$120$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,804-31%36-23$133$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,883-21%12-6$157$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
13Yves Saint Laurent$1,710-30%6-2$285$275,3187Weinstein Company
14The LEGO Movie$1,4911%17-21$88$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,133--10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
16Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2583%3-1$86$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
17Fed Up$12673%2-5$63$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
18As It Is in Heaven (2014)$71-47%21$36$10,3965Embark Visuals