'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

Wide (1000+)

1The Karate Kid (2010)$56,000,000--3,663--$15,288$56,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$26,000,000--3,535--$7,355$26,000,0001Fox
3Shrek Forever After$15,800,000-38%3,868-518$4,085$210,052,0664Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$10,100,000-43%2,7025$3,738$36,558,3152Universal
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$6,582,000-53%3,108-538$2,118$72,324,1523Disney
8Sex and the City 2$5,525,000-55%2,750-695$2,009$84,745,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$4,550,000-43%2,305-702$1,974$299,311,1846Paramount
10Splice$2,860,000-61%2,4500$1,167$13,071,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$2,700,000-50%1,895-704$1,425$99,548,5405Universal
12Letters to Juliet$1,648,000-46%1,331-631$1,238$46,708,3015Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Date Night$575,000-26%430-228$1,337$96,240,42710Fox
2The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$375,222-6%1622$2,316$4,533,9529Sony Pictures Classics
3Just Wright$325,000-58%279-239$1,165$20,800,1305Fox Searchlight
4Please Give$320,00921%10316$3,107$2,122,8107Sony Pictures Classics
5How to Train Your Dragon$320,000-34%281-62$1,139$214,415,92212Paramount / DreamWorks
6City Island$269,000-13%160-17$1,681$5,661,77113Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$165,000101%268143$616$16,811,7837Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$155,000-26%204-40$760$63,364,48713Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Solitary Man$371,000113%5331$7,000$874,7224Anchor Bay
2Micmacs$118,484-17%4611$2,576$422,4673Sony Classics
3Harry Brown$117,59433%6313$1,867$1,356,3937Samuel Goldwyn
4Exit Through the Gift Shop$114,225-16%430$2,656$2,364,3229Producers Distribution Agency
5Mother and Child$89,691-28%532$1,692$580,5236Sony Pictures Classics
7Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$48,892--3--$16,297$48,89224Sony Pictures Classics
8The Ghost Writer$42,000-53%63-84$667$15,526,06617Summit
9Princess Kaiulani$34,365-21%261$1,322$770,9675Roadside Attractions
11The Lottery$17,200--1--$17,200$17,2001Variance Films
12The Secret of Kells$14,091-33%15-9$939$596,07615GKIDS
13Cropsey$5,500-13%32$1,833$15,4652Cinema Purgatorio
14Best Worst Movie$5,17919%20$2,590$53,6548Area23a
15Racing Dreams$2,547--2--$1,274$2,5474Hanover House
16When You're Strange$2,45513%20$1,228$238,28610Abramorama