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 Fri, Jul. 28 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 28 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$14,199,044--3,242--$4,380$14,199,0441Universal
2What Lies Beneath$6,712,09469%2,82512$2,376$53,201,6942DreamWorks
4Scary Movie$2,513,42860%3,256-45$772$126,977,5734Miramax / Dimension
5The Perfect Storm$2,119,98963%3,093-110$685$152,661,6335Warner Bros.
6Pokemon: The Movie 2000$2,099,61235%2,7520$763$28,956,1232Warner Bros.
7Disney's The Kid$1,622,63027%2,328-15$697$48,572,8124Disney
8The Patriot$1,269,96753%2,329-422$545$98,040,8865Sony / Columbia
9Thomas and the Magic Railroad$1,125,71818%2,106--$535$3,488,6001Destination
10Loser$888,62624%2,0160$441$10,230,1722Sony / Columbia