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, Aug. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$23,950,008-7%2,688293$8,910$107,054,2583Disney
2Bowfinger$10,609,616-41%2,71711$3,905$35,802,4722Universal
3Mickey Blue Eyes$10,178,289--2,573--$3,956$10,178,2891Warner Bros.
4Runaway Bride$9,264,333-33%3,24028$2,859$113,464,9324Paramount
5The Blair Witch Project$7,265,546-50%2,538126$2,863$78,811,5354Artisan
6The Thomas Crown Affair$7,007,321-30%2,4270$2,887$41,897,8443MGM
7Universal Soldier: The Return$4,605,167--1,639--$2,810$4,605,1671Sony / Columbia
8Inspector Gadget$4,316,854-29%2,144-447$2,013$82,506,9935Disney
9Deep Blue Sea$3,980,464-40%2,246-464$1,772$40,944,8064Warner Bros.
10Teaching Mrs. Tingle$3,326,870--1,710--$1,946$3,326,8701Miramax / Dimension