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, Dec. 19 - Sun, Dec. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Yes Man$18,264,206--3,434--$5,319$18,264,2061Warner Bros.
2Seven Pounds$14,850,420--2,758--$5,384$14,850,4201Sony / Columbia
3The Tale of Despereaux$10,102,796--3,104--$3,255$10,102,7961Universal
4The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$9,889,713-68%3,5600$2,778$48,366,3292Fox
5Four Christmases$7,699,922-41%3,515-25$2,191$100,112,3814Warner Bros. / New Line
6Twilight (2008)$5,189,611-35%2,991-658$1,735$158,422,0875Summit
9Quantum of Solace$2,051,018-45%1,874-761$1,094$161,198,3576Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$1,568,703-51%2,007-761$782$172,391,1367Paramount / DreamWorks