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. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Baby Mama$17,406,562--2,543--$6,845$17,406,5621Universal
2Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$14,908,921--2,510--$5,940$14,908,9211Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Forbidden Kingdom$11,213,869-48%3,1510$3,559$38,238,6522Lionsgate
4Forgetting Sarah Marshall$11,027,908-38%2,7991$3,940$35,092,0312Universal
5Nim's Island$4,548,269-20%2,977-300$1,528$38,974,2844Fox
6Prom Night (2008)$4,508,394-48%2,821121$1,598$38,220,7473Sony / Screen Gems
721$4,017,130-27%2,95249$1,361$75,791,4645Sony / Columbia
888 Minutes$3,593,796-48%2,1680$1,658$12,627,2212Sony / Columbia
9Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$2,487,709-29%2,159-511$1,152$147,954,8867Fox
10Deception (2008)$2,310,920--2,001--$1,155$2,310,9201Fox