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, Jun. 20 - Sun, Jun. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Get Smart$38,683,850--3,911--$9,891$38,683,8501Warner Bros.
2The Incredible Hulk$22,135,648-60%3,5083$6,310$97,054,6802Universal
3Kung Fu Panda$21,934,311-35%4,053-83$5,412$155,830,0413Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Love Guru$13,907,701--3,012--$4,617$13,907,7011Paramount
5The Happening$10,482,292-66%2,9860$3,510$50,749,0562Fox
6Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$8,541,233-42%3,171-633$2,694$290,960,4415Paramount
7You Don't Mess with the Zohan$7,453,360-54%3,278-188$2,274$84,307,3783Sony / Columbia
8Sex and the City$6,532,308-33%2,442-713$2,675$132,451,6104Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man$4,029,104-28%1,912-491$2,107$304,816,5038Paramount
10The Strangers$2,122,357-47%1,578-832$1,345$49,758,3624Universal / Rogue