'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, Sep. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

1End of Watch$13,000,000--2,730--$4,762$13,000,0001Open Road
2House at the End of the Street$13,000,000--3,083--$4,217$13,000,0001Relativity Media
3Trouble with the Curve$12,720,000--3,212--$3,960$12,720,0001Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$9,446,000-43%2,9040$3,253$29,979,9752Disney
5Resident Evil: Retribution$6,700,000-68%3,0164$2,221$33,467,7272Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$6,300,000--2,506--$2,514$6,300,0001Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,630,000-54%2,598-262$1,012$45,279,6274Lionsgate
8Lawless$2,321,000-47%2,614-449$888$34,511,9194Weinstein Company
10The Bourne Legacy$1,650,000-42%1,430-740$1,154$110,442,7007Universal
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,531,000-41%1,752-663$874$48,643,7386Disney
12The Expendables 2$1,431,000-55%1,820-1076$786$82,992,9526Lionsgate
13The Campaign$1,230,000-49%1,250-752$984$85,011,0657Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$917,551-54%1,216-660$755$32,002,62811Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$860,000-53%1,147-799$750$62,158,1557Sony / Columbia
16The Words$775,000-73%1,247-1554$621$11,019,5713CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$546,964-66%1,064-343$514$2,749,1502Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Master$5,000,000579%788783$6,345$6,055,8832Weinstein Company
2Arbitrage$1,283,900-36%24447$5,262$3,952,4072Roadside Attractions
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,260,000-42%948-633$1,329$443,117,87010Warner Bros.
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$525,000-10%420-121$1,250$158,546,17811Fox
5Marvel's The Avengers$466,000-22%290-152$1,607$622,887,84221Disney
6Premium Rush$370,000-71%567-772$653$19,672,7645Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$315,000-38%374-217$842$47,763,3998Fox
8Sleepwalk With Me$297,000-14%13517$2,200$1,691,6155IFC Films
9Ted (2012)$231,000-39%293-118$788$217,825,24513Universal
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$220,000-24%240-66$917$215,892,79216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robot & Frank$198,120-48%156-52$1,270$2,909,9566IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Intouchables$182,000-28%156-24$1,167$12,253,55818Weinstein Company
13For A Good Time, Call...$147,644-45%105-2$1,406$1,084,7184Focus
14Hit and Run$130,082-64%291-360$447$13,600,9235Open Road
15Moonrise Kingdom$128,961-32%120-37$1,075$45,162,70518Focus
16Beasts of the Southern Wild$125,700-48%132-80$952$10,904,92613Fox Searchlight
17Step Up Revolution$123,000-44%182-86$676$34,942,5919Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$65,000-92%155-1356$419$3,696,8513Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$244,000--4--$61,000$244,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Searching For Sugar Man$100,8680%384$2,654$1,193,6699Sony Pictures Classics
4My Uncle Rafael$100,210--14--$7,158$100,2101Rocky Mountain Pictures
510 Years$78,109244%4340$1,816$109,0242Anchor Bay Films
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$74,000-81%85-237$871$3,054,1893Paramount
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$64,238--3--$21,413$64,2381IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8To Rome with Love$57,548-17%50-35$1,151$16,531,21414Sony Pictures Classics
9Celeste and Jesse Forever$50,794-65%54-98$941$3,020,8558Sony Pictures Classics
10Occupy Unmasked$44,000--4--$11,000$44,0001Magnolia / Magnet
11Liberal Arts$40,00046%2016$2,000$77,7852IFC Films
12Detropia$37,200-12%116$3,382$131,4153Loki Films
13Stolen (2012)$32,508-82%99-42$328$288,0072Millennium Entertainment
14How To Survive A Plague$28,000--4--$7,000$28,0001IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$22,937168%1513$1,529$67,3143Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$6,537--2--$3,269$6,5371Oscilloscope
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,800-12%70$257$3,371,0427ARC Entertainment
19Death by China$622-81%1-2$622$23,0516Area23a