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, Aug. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$25,812,398--3,319--$7,777$36,845,7291Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$16,378,695-37%3,590-435$4,562$471,088,4235Warner Bros.
3Star Wars: The Clone Wars$14,610,727--3,452--$4,233$14,610,7271Warner Bros.
4Mirrors$11,161,299--2,664--$4,190$11,161,2991Fox
5Pineapple Express$9,807,298-58%3,0720$3,192$62,740,8672Sony / Columbia
6The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$8,205,240-50%3,363-415$2,440$86,245,9523Universal
7Mamma Mia!$6,095,450-26%2,771-423$2,200$116,012,6205Universal
8The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$5,785,024-46%2,7147$2,132$32,005,5982Warner Bros.
9Step Brothers$4,808,016-47%2,648-534$1,816$90,692,0524Sony / Columbia
10Journey to the Center of the Earth$3,348,394-31%1,405-565$2,383$88,008,7846Warner Bros. / New Line