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, Dec. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$62,008,452--3,622--$17,120$102,046,8361New Line
2Two Weeks Notice$14,328,533--2,755--$5,201$14,328,5331Warner Bros.
3Maid in Manhattan$10,710,359-43%2,86628$3,737$35,255,8372Sony / Columbia
4Gangs of New York$9,496,870--1,504--$6,314$9,496,8701Miramax
5Drumline$7,125,528-43%1,8371$3,879$22,359,1052Fox
6The Wild Thornberrys Movie$6,015,031--3,012--$1,997$6,015,0311Paramount
7The Hot Chick$4,576,147-38%2,2170$2,064$13,774,1882Disney
8Star Trek: Nemesis$4,415,318-76%2,7110$1,629$26,465,7302Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$4,371,717-31%2,750-275$1,590$228,826,8206Warner Bros.
10Die Another Day$4,031,453-48%2,075-1302$1,943$138,499,2355MGM