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, Aug. 2 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 2 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$3,517,642-23%3,242--$1,085$55,211,0511Universal
2What Lies Beneath$2,758,708-19%2,82512$977$78,570,1422DreamWorks
4Scary Movie$968,056-22%3,256-45$297$136,096,1084Miramax / Dimension
5The Perfect Storm$808,849-19%3,093-110$262$160,781,5855Warner Bros.
6Disney's The Kid$754,482-18%2,328-15$324$54,672,4174Disney
7Pokemon: The Movie 2000$693,419-22%2,7520$252$35,466,8012Warner Bros.
8Thomas and the Magic Railroad$517,864-19%2,10652$246$8,282,2971Destination
9The Patriot$515,787-17%2,329-422$221$102,867,3935Sony / Columbia
10Loser$387,703-24%2,0160$192$13,432,2732Sony / Columbia