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, Jul. 12 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 12 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie$4,850,309-17%2,912--$1,666$59,118,5931Miramax / Dimension
2The Perfect Storm$2,524,096-16%3,4070$741$108,853,2062Warner Bros.
3Disney's The Kid$1,629,469-7%2,167--$752$17,870,4301Disney
4The Patriot$1,511,769-16%3,0610$494$70,616,5652Sony / Columbia
5Me, Myself & Irene$904,809-17%2,996-91$302$70,494,3833Fox
6The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$485,265-9%2,48222$196$17,640,7752Universal
7Big Momma's House$458,281-4%1,926-466$238$105,036,6316Fox
8Gone in 60 Seconds$447,295-13%1,871-780$239$87,997,3805Disney
9Mission: Impossible II$305,192-18%2,057-610$148$205,048,5367Paramount
10Gladiator (2000)$244,770-11%1,210-201$202$174,743,45110DreamWorks