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. 23 - Sun, Feb. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Ghost Rider$20,067,412-56%3,6201$5,543$79,028,9452Sony / Columbia
2The Number 23$14,602,867--2,759--$5,293$14,602,8671New Line
3Bridge to Terabithia$14,356,780-36%3,1390$4,574$47,003,5962Disney
4Reno 911!: Miami$10,274,396--2,702--$3,803$10,274,3961Fox
5Norbit$9,824,003-41%3,1457$3,124$74,759,9463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Music and Lyrics$7,652,458-44%2,9550$2,590$31,717,0002Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$4,816,453-57%2,1110$2,282$25,133,7162Lionsgate
9The Astronaut Farmer$4,454,928--2,155--$2,067$4,454,9281Warner Bros.
10Because I Said So$2,758,855-46%1,936-510$1,425$38,269,8074Universal