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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 8 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 8 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$8,699,876-10%2,161--$4,026$26,355,1211Disney
2Runaway Bride$5,811,149-31%3,1613$1,838$73,445,7322Paramount
3The Thomas Crown Affair$4,447,343-23%2,427--$1,832$14,283,2761MGM
4Inspector Gadget$3,123,266-10%2,862-15$1,091$64,133,8523Disney
5Mystery Men$2,990,742-18%2,136--$1,400$10,019,5971Universal
6The Haunting$1,910,258-24%2,88117$663$77,338,8993DreamWorks
7American Pie$1,400,098-9%1,795-641$780$85,508,5025Universal
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$757,469-14%1,199-429$632$412,781,18112Fox
9Wild Wild West$198,923-35%1,157-994$172$110,730,5116Warner Bros.