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 Thu, Nov. 18 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pokemon: The First Movie$862,271-7%3,043142$283$54,937,0281Warner Bros.
2The Bone Collector$778,747-3%2,5947$300$38,862,7132Universal
4The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc$404,371-10%2,147--$188$9,063,9591Sony / Columbia
5The Insider$326,714-7%1,83324$178$15,421,4852Disney
6Anywhere But Here$296,158-5%1,672--$177$6,892,4451Fox
7House on Haunted Hill (1999)$252,1084%2,530-180$100$35,910,0783Warner Bros.
8The Bachelor$246,9930%2,5242$98$15,282,5882New Line
9American Beauty$185,128-2%1,264-289$146$62,794,6169DreamWorks
10Double Jeopardy$168,3060%2,110-612$80$109,010,9348Paramount