Grosses

The Equalizer' Surpasses the $40M Mark on Tuesday; 'The Maze Runner' Runs Past the $60M MarkOctober 01, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer grossed $3.63 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington was up a very solid 22 percent over Monday's performance. The Equalizer surpassed the $40 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $40.74 million in five days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and places the film nearly on par with the $40.93 million five-day start of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner held steady in second with $1.25 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox was up 29 percent from Monday and down a respectable 48 percent from last Tuesday. The Maze Runner surpassed the $60 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $60.18 million through twelve days of release. The Maze Runner is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of last year's Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls took in $0.86 million to remain in third place. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika increased 18 percent over Monday's performance. The Boxtrolls has grossed a stronger than expected $18.87 million in its first five days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $17.29 million five-day start of 2012's ParaNorman and 1 percent ahead of the $18.71 million five-day take of 2009's Coraline.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You grossed $0.81 million to continue to claim fourth. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey was up a strong 41 percent over Monday and down just 33 percent from last Tuesday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $23.82 million in twelve 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 the day's unchanged top five with $0.54 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was up 38 percent from Monday, but still down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. A Walk Among the Tombstones has grossed an underwhelming $21.76 million in twelve days and continues to display early signs of being significantly front-loaded.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 26 - Sun, Jun. 28

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragnet$10,542,669--1,337--$7,885$10,542,6691Universal
2Spaceballs$6,613,837--1,384--$4,779$6,613,8371MGM
3The Witches of Eastwick$6,309,402-24%1,317194$4,791$24,014,8703Warner Bros.
4Beverly Hills Cop II$5,559,475-25%2,191-135$2,537$91,749,3986Paramount
5Predator$5,222,538-37%1,632-4$3,200$25,480,0453Fox
6The Untouchables$5,070,891-29%1,491-10$3,401$29,218,6724Paramount
7Benji the Hunted$3,510,97315%1,1880$2,955$6,595,1194Disney
8Harry and the Hendersons$2,293,075-35%1,369-55$1,675$14,165,8584Universal
9The Believers$1,738,342-36%1,326-222$1,311$8,815,2403Orion