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. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$16,271,615-37%3,35233$4,854$65,839,4592Paramount / DreamWorks
2The House Bunny$14,534,565--2,714--$5,355$14,534,5651Sony / Columbia
3Death Race$12,620,696--2,532--$4,984$12,620,6961Universal
4The Dark Knight$10,544,297-36%3,163-427$3,334$489,426,5976Warner Bros.
5Star Wars: The Clone Wars$5,661,978-61%3,4520$1,640$24,998,9382Warner Bros.
6Pineapple Express$5,451,403-44%2,620-452$2,081$73,778,2303Sony / Columbia
7Mirrors$5,011,224-55%2,6640$1,881$20,212,3562Fox
8Mamma Mia!$4,314,763-29%2,326-445$1,855$124,468,1346Universal
9The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$4,176,736-49%2,422-941$1,724$93,920,3664Universal
10The Longshots$4,080,520--2,089--$1,953$4,080,5201MGM / Weinstein