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, Apr. 21 - Sun, Apr. 23

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$19,553,682--2,583--$7,570$19,553,6821Universal
2Love & Basketball$8,139,180--1,237--$6,580$8,139,1801New Line
3Rules of Engagement$8,007,551-27%3,22030$2,487$43,055,8843Paramount
428 Days$7,301,753-29%2,5230$2,894$22,039,2152Sony / Columbia
5Keeping the Faith$7,233,699-10%2,1586$3,352$18,637,6142Disney
6Erin Brockovich$5,502,175-22%3,056-14$1,800$107,388,2846Universal
7The Road to El Dorado$5,225,697-15%3,170-53$1,648$41,916,3054DreamWorks
8Return to Me$3,961,664-21%2,3200$1,708$21,203,3363MGM
9Final Destination$2,761,900-9%1,305-204$2,116$32,236,1296New Line
10The Skulls$2,712,424-33%2,047-362$1,325$30,335,5304Universal