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, Feb. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

1The Brady Bunch Movie$8,379,037-34%1,941119$4,317$10,564,5132Paramount
2Just Cause$6,647,101-37%2,0597$3,228$17,255,0332Warner Bros.
4Billy Madison$3,283,410-41%1,88745$1,740$15,485,5553Universal
5The Hunted (1995)$2,723,495--1,552--$1,755$2,723,4951Universal
6Legends of the Fall$2,620,035-35%1,677-264$1,562$33,770,43210Sony / TriStar
7Pulp Fiction$2,377,030-17%1,05143$2,262$59,926,04820Miramax
8Forrest Gump$2,355,216-23%1,1055$2,131$194,328,67534Paramount
9The Quick and the Dead$2,019,767-52%1,972-186$1,024$12,748,1683Sony / TriStar
10Boys on the Side$1,953,253-48%1,360-192$1,436$14,817,5254Warner Bros.