Grosses

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 Tue, May. 2 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 2 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$1,033,08811%2,61633$395$40,072,7692Universal
2The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$395,811-4%3,040--$130$11,324,6271Universal
3Rules of Engagement$383,02310%3,027-193$127$50,960,4164Paramount
4Keeping the Faith$336,02719%2,17113$155$26,127,3073Disney
528 Days$332,96831%2,5230$132$29,170,6763Sony / Columbia
6Erin Brockovich$274,58722%2,498-558$110$113,376,4347Universal
7Love & Basketball$271,412-7%1,2458$218$16,090,1502New Line
8Return to Me$209,50323%2,006-314$104$25,426,0624MGM
9The Skulls$106,09023%1,333-714$80$32,715,3405Universal
10The Road to El Dorado$104,282-8%2,247-923$46$46,663,2145DreamWorks