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. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Scary Movie$2,818,249-17%3,152240$894$99,427,4182Miramax / Dimension
3The Perfect Storm$1,783,844-10%3,4070$524$134,082,5833Warner Bros.
4Disney's The Kid$1,549,7086%2,320153$668$34,326,6492Disney
5The Patriot$1,067,744-13%3,0610$349$86,159,6333Sony / Columbia
6Me, Myself & Irene$711,581-13%2,850-146$250$79,346,3704Fox
7The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$384,01310%2,328-154$165$21,466,0153Universal
8Gone in 60 Seconds$346,968-14%1,702-169$204$92,086,0376Disney
9Big Momma's House$324,050-5%1,643-283$197$109,298,0197Fox
10Mission: Impossible II$218,009-22%1,709-348$128$208,428,6758Paramount