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, Jul. 3 - Sun, Jul. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$42,322,801-61%4,2340$9,996$293,358,9062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$41,689,758--4,099--$10,171$66,733,0811Fox
3Public Enemies$25,271,872--3,334--$7,580$40,142,1531Universal
4The Proposal$12,857,692-31%3,09941$4,149$94,336,7543Disney
5The Hangover$11,268,991-34%3,070-455$3,671$205,043,5745Warner Bros.
7My Sister's Keeper$5,787,774-53%2,6060$2,221$26,519,2352Warner Bros.
8The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3$2,534,220-54%1,908-1087$1,328$58,507,8714Sony / Columbia
9Year One$2,324,861-61%2,240-784$1,038$38,301,5673Sony / Columbia
10Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$2,042,876-44%1,419-831$1,440$167,708,0477Fox