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. 15 - Sun, Dec. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pursuit of Happyness$26,541,215--2,852--$9,306$26,541,2151Sony / Columbia
2Eragon$23,239,662--3,020--$7,695$23,239,6621Fox
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$11,458,295--3,566--$3,213$11,458,2951Paramount
4Happy Feet$8,359,699-35%3,335-315$2,507$149,251,9955Warner Bros.
5The Holiday$8,015,617-37%2,6144$3,066$25,124,8822Sony / Columbia
6Apocalypto$8,008,830-47%2,4650$3,249$28,207,7562Disney
7Blood Diamond$6,515,885-25%1,9100$3,411$18,636,4582Warner Bros.
8Casino Royale (2006)$5,627,126-37%2,437-724$2,309$137,502,2545Sony / Columbia
9The Nativity Story$4,656,376-19%2,574-509$1,809$23,020,1433New Line
10Unaccompanied Minors$3,544,377-39%2,7750$1,277$10,093,1502Warner Bros.