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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201240 (Oct 05 - Oct 07) - 2012$130,018,69462%$142,124,58949%Taken 2
198340 (Oct 07 - Oct 09) - 1983$26,001,19258%$27,661,95657%Never Say Never Again
198940 (Oct 06 - Oct 08) - 1989$30,589,48357%$35,573,90645%Black Rain
200840 (Oct 03 - Oct 05) - 2008$90,474,78943%$113,548,19234%Beverly Hills Chihuahua
199840 (Oct 02 - Oct 04) - 1998$80,266,64542%$83,948,83339%Antz
199040 (Oct 05 - Oct 07) - 1990$41,240,15335%$47,655,93434%Marked for Death
200440 (Oct 01 - Oct 03) - 2004$98,608,32630%$113,638,57221%Shark Tale
199740 (Oct 03 - Oct 05) - 1997$56,620,65328%$60,609,41525%Kiss the Girls
200640 (Oct 06 - Oct 08) - 2006$98,380,67222%$111,291,4406%The Departed
200240 (Oct 04 - Oct 06) - 2002$98,121,88821%$110,530,16520%Red Dragon
199340 (Oct 01 - Oct 03) - 1993$49,174,74120%$51,939,09513%Malice
199240 (Oct 02 - Oct 04) - 1992$41,034,51320%$45,772,22617%The Last of the Mohicans
198740 (Oct 02 - Oct 04) - 1987$29,482,54718%$31,800,59110%Fatal Attraction
198440 (Oct 05 - Oct 07) - 1984$29,850,70215%$33,868,79122%Teachers
199540 (Oct 06 - Oct 08) - 1995$52,792,06614%$58,248,77715%Seven
200140 (Oct 05 - Oct 07) - 2001$81,033,5289%$91,990,9606%Training Day
200040 (Oct 06 - Oct 08) - 2000$74,009,189-2%$87,050,9851%Meet the Parents
201140 (Oct 07 - Oct 09) - 2011$80,038,160-3%$95,440,527-2%Real Steel
200940 (Oct 02 - Oct 04) - 2009$87,466,957-3%$106,563,795-6%Zombieland
199440 (Oct 07 - Oct 09) - 1994$46,475,330-5%$50,684,523-2%The Specialist
201040 (Oct 01 - Oct 03) - 2010$82,543,307-6%$97,135,945-9%The Social Network
199940 (Oct 01 - Oct 03) - 1999$75,201,707-6%$86,074,8013%Double Jeopardy
198640 (Oct 03 - Oct 05) - 1986$24,895,083-6%$28,807,5223%Crocodile Dundee
198540 (Oct 04 - Oct 06) - 1985$26,612,781-11%$27,876,653-18%Commando
201340 (Oct 04 - Oct 06) - 2013$111,457,653-14%$126,540,458-11%Gravity
199640 (Oct 04 - Oct 06) - 1996$44,075,206-17%$48,551,312-17%The First Wives Club
199140 (Oct 04 - Oct 06) - 1991$34,315,228-17%$39,205,036-18%The Fisher King
200540 (Oct 07 - Oct 09) - 2005$80,818,297-18%$105,119,180-7%Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
200340 (Oct 03 - Oct 05) - 2003$76,112,391-22%$93,775,403-15%School of Rock
198840 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 1988$19,489,673-34%$24,523,505-23%Gorillas in the Mist
200740 (Oct 05 - Oct 07) - 2007$63,334,762-36%$84,725,702-24%The Game Plan