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, Mar. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$7,604,195-39%2,848--$2,670$28,138,8921Universal
2Mission to Mars$3,166,181-39%3,0606$1,035$40,623,6882Disney
3My Dog Skip$1,617,530-30%2,3310$694$21,269,81010Warner Bros.
4The Ninth Gate$1,054,381-32%1,65771$636$12,735,9902Artisan
5American Beauty$899,768-41%1,661139$542$96,302,45527DreamWorks
6Snow Day$669,343-31%2,387-285$280$56,003,9996Paramount
7The Tigger Movie$622,608-18%1,701-392$366$41,593,6906Disney
8Pitch Black$397,273--1,384-346$287$35,542,1225USA Films
9The Next Best Thing$369,064-51%2,0351$181$13,181,7183Paramount
10Reindeer Games$360,861--1,701-412$212$20,744,8564Miramax / Dimension