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 Fri, Mar. 3 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 3 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Next Best Thing$1,973,867--2,007--$983$1,973,8671Paramount
2Pitch Black$1,396,1312955%1,903-27$734$25,928,2273USA Films
3Reindeer Games$1,352,505179%2,2040$614$11,569,3652Miramax / Dimension
4My Dog Skip$1,328,263--2,331--$570$1,936,0018Warner Bros.
5Wonder Boys$1,234,245227%1,504251$821$8,296,9722Paramount
6Hanging Up$1,175,963175%2,6180$449$28,929,7463Sony / Columbia
7American Beauty$1,114,639191%1,33916$832$83,345,72925DreamWorks
8Snow Day$1,110,203302%2,7178$409$44,942,4214Paramount
9The Tigger Movie$705,424123%2,646-172$267$32,602,3704Disney