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. 5 - Sun, Feb. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Payback (1999)$21,221,526--2,729--$7,776$21,221,5261Paramount
2She's All That$11,652,050-27%2,620398$4,447$27,717,4802Miramax
3Patch Adams$4,407,962-27%2,729-150$1,615$122,376,4027Universal
4Varsity Blues$3,841,120-35%2,3640$1,625$22,641,1624Paramount
5Saving Private Ryan$3,610,45012450%1,0271023$3,516$194,400,47329DreamWorks
6A Civil Action$3,075,382-36%2,031-288$1,514$30,826,1695Disney
7Stepmom$2,513,393-30%2,3580$1,066$87,197,0747Sony / TriStar
8Simply Irresistible$2,232,686--1,359--$1,643$2,232,6861Fox
9You've Got Mail$2,189,019-28%2,016-80$1,086$106,056,2368Warner Bros.
10The Prince of Egypt$1,922,473-27%1,663-262$1,156$93,389,1748DreamWorks