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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,775,000--4,045--$20,958$84,775,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,420,000-29%3,387-252$2,191$71,361,8234Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,244,000-19%2,285271$3,170$107,898,1876Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$7,000,000-35%2,924-477$2,394$272,366,0636Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,400,000-35%2,548-398$2,119$69,559,4064Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,175,000-43%3,042-604$1,701$276,865,0695Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,273,000-33%2,249-497$1,455$168,778,5497Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,247,000-44%2,8403$1,143$10,838,0922FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,394,000-43%2,250-504$1,064$40,889,4234FilmDistrict
10Flight$1,940,000-38%1,823-608$1,064$89,448,0387Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$1,000,000-64%1,427-997$701$14,132,3053Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,084,000-4%3710$5,617$16,954,0495Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,145,000-23%667-277$1,717$104,929,90410Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,085,00052%561380$1,934$3,049,2124Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$998,103-35%409-13$2,440$8,356,4065Focus
5The Collection$546,545-63%621-782$880$6,538,1813LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$290,000-25%339-91$855$138,133,72111Fox
7Pitch Perfect$236,000-23%332-55$711$63,859,74312Universal
8The Sessions$148,000-32%151-46$980$5,209,0519Fox Searchlight
9End of Watch$94,000-87%172-1077$547$40,472,74113Open Road
10Looper$85,000-37%190-42$447$66,300,53312Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$78,000-44%125-50$624$16,998,55413Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$73,000-36%175-39$417$25,738,9809Lionsgate / Summit
13Sinister$72,00097%184107$391$47,912,06610Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$53,000196%157109$338$53,804,6189Paramount
15The Man With the Iron Fists$38,000-56%105-76$362$15,607,1657Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$297,406266%3632$8,261$409,4262Focus
2Chasing Ice$56,501-45%53-4$1,066$603,0316Submarine Deluxe
3Rust and Bone$56,0408%62$9,340$207,6864Sony Pictures Classics
4The Other Son$49,905-11%39-4$1,280$1,042,7418Cohen Media Group
5ParaNorman$26,943-32%61-20$442$55,963,19918Focus
6Holy Motors$25,194--21--$1,200$445,3289Indomina Releasing
7Searching For Sugar Man$21,495-42%31-11$693$2,930,53921Sony Pictures Classics
8Hecho en Mexico$13,500-52%10-16$1,350$145,2903Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Burn$12,760-77%40$3,190$105,1376Area23a
10Samsara$9,80010%102$980$2,583,02817Oscilloscope
11Beware of Mr. Baker$4,868-53%10$4,868$45,7063SnagFilms
12Brooklyn Castle$3,001-45%2-2$1,501$188,3359Producers Distribution Agency
13Tchoupitoulas$1,700-29%21$850$5,4772Oscilloscope
14Only the Young$1,5004%21$750$3,5282Oscilloscope