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 Wed, May. 3 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 3 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$850,025-18%2,61633$325$40,922,7942Universal
2The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$349,030-12%3,040--$115$11,673,6571Universal
3Rules of Engagement$331,515-13%3,027-193$110$51,291,9314Paramount
4Keeping the Faith$285,243-15%2,17113$131$26,412,5503Disney
528 Days$256,520-23%2,5230$102$29,427,1963Sony / Columbia
6Love & Basketball$251,512-7%1,2458$202$16,341,6622New Line
7Erin Brockovich$225,186-18%2,498-558$90$113,601,6207Universal
8Return to Me$186,734-11%2,006-314$93$25,612,7964MGM
9The Road to El Dorado$100,754-3%2,247-923$45$46,763,9685DreamWorks
10The Skulls$79,043-25%1,333-714$59$32,794,3835Universal