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, Mar. 16 - Sun, Mar. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunt for Red October$11,077,359-21%1,817152$6,097$42,297,9663Paramount
2Joe Versus the Volcano$7,017,237-24%1,799-3$3,901$16,269,4692Warner Bros.
3Blue Steel$2,895,744--1,307--$2,216$2,895,7441MGM
4Driving Miss Daisy$2,874,332-17%1,353-79$2,124$52,556,74514Warner Bros.
5Bad Influence$2,600,536-32%1,3002$2,000$6,422,5552Triumph
6Lambada$2,031,181--1,117--$1,818$2,031,1811Warner Bros.
7Hard to Kill$1,830,095-31%1,265-233$1,447$31,769,1856Warner Bros.
8Born on the Fourth of July$1,241,150-15%1,030-176$1,205$49,017,28711Universal
9Madhouse$1,161,928-36%1,233-312$942$14,750,4415Orion