'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

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
Sep 10Wed253$3,545,093-25%$4,739,318Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 09Tue252$4,635,494-31%$6,104,133Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 08Mon251$3,411,151-86%$4,542,304Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 11Thu254$3,590,148-16%$4,765,460Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 07Sun250$11,833,378-63%$15,318,840Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 06Sat249$23,046,979-23%$28,963,322Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 05Fri248$13,203,011-38%$16,717,252Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 04Thu247$4,291,857-45%$5,622,517Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 03Wed246$4,697,760-41%$6,154,876Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 02Tue245$6,758,767-37%$8,636,048Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 01Mon244$24,404,702190%$32,333,237Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 16Tue259$5,894,05627%$7,376,810No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 14Sun257$17,971,27652%$21,574,228No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 13Sat256$32,759,12942%$38,976,513No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 12Fri255$22,600,08771%$26,533,784No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 18Thu261$3,793,4996%$4,895,575No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 17Wed260$4,225,40019%$5,485,067No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 15Mon258$4,631,60836%$5,828,046No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 26Fri269$30,613,7766%$33,055,524The Equalizer
Sep 29Mon272$6,667,04618%$7,243,786The Equalizer
Sep 28Sun271$23,953,0949%$26,108,172The Equalizer
Sep 27Sat270$41,424,7656%$45,204,478The Equalizer
Sep 25Thu268$6,324,98467%$7,152,458The Maze Runner
Sep 24Wed267$5,591,21532%$6,404,031The Maze Runner
Sep 23Tue266$7,223,82923%$8,126,155The Maze Runner
Sep 22Mon265$5,639,07022%$6,369,397The Maze Runner
Sep 21Sun264$21,900,82522%$24,337,499The Maze Runner
Sep 20Sat263$39,140,52419%$43,307,667The Maze Runner
Sep 19Fri262$28,962,31828%$31,575,422The Maze Runner