By Daniel Garris
Fox's Gone Girl took in $4.16 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was up a healthy 27 percent over Monday's performance. Gone Girl has grossed a stronger than expected $44.95 million through five days of release. That places the film a very impressive 67.5 percent ahead of the $26.84 million five-day start of 2010's The Social Network.
Annabelle held steady in second with $2.67 million. Warner's low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was up 16 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's weaker daily percentage holds among wide releases. In the bigger picture, Annabelle continues to perform very well with a five-day start of $42.12 million. Annabelle is currently running just 4 percent behind the $43.91 million five-day take of last year's Insidious Chapter 2.
Sony's The Equalizer took in $1.84 million to remain in third place. The Denzel Washington led action thriller was up 25 percent over Monday and down 49 percent from last Tuesday. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a twelve-day take of $67.55 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $63.37 million twelve-day gross of 2010's The Book of Eli.
The Maze Runner continued to claim fourth with $0.832 million. Fox's successful young adult adaptation increased a strong 30 percent over Monday and fell just 34 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to continued strong holding power, especially for a young adult adaptation, The Maze Runner has grossed a stronger than expected $75.03 million through 19 days of release.
The Boxtrolls rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.668 million. The stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was up 24 percent over Monday and down a slim 23 percent from last Tuesday. Like 2009's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman before it, The Boxtrolls is displaying strong holding power thus far. The film continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day take of $33.30 million.
Freestyle's Left Behind took sixth place with $0.534 million. The faith based thriller remake starring Nicolas Cage was up 25 percent over Monday's performance. Left Behind has grossed $7.26 million in five days, which is towards the lower end of the film's modest pre-release expectations.