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. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

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1Speed 2: Cruise Control$16,158,942--2,615--$6,179$16,158,9421Fox
2Con Air$15,674,592-35%2,8295$5,541$49,894,6322Disney
3The Lost World: Jurassic Park$12,477,971-33%3,565168$3,500$190,698,8674Universal
4Addicted to Love$2,297,522-37%1,948-73$1,179$23,610,2754Warner Bros.
5Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery$2,092,382-12%1,540-214$1,359$35,742,4337New Line
6Gone Fishin'$2,045,965-31%1,804-42$1,134$10,797,1293Disney
7Buddy$1,917,361-45%2,1130$907$5,422,0322Sony / Columbia
8The Fifth Element$1,482,821-29%1,560-397$951$57,925,1606Sony / Columbia
9Trial and Error$1,343,768-49%2,003-295$671$8,874,6363New Line