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 Sun, Aug. 20 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 20 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Space Cowboys$2,456,573-43%2,8350$867$53,789,8723Warner Bros.
2The Replacements$1,970,809-33%2,7540$716$23,410,2922Warner Bros.
3What Lies Beneath$1,847,694-34%2,760-165$669$123,411,6855DreamWorks
4Hollow Man$1,732,899-31%2,9560$586$61,581,5623Sony / Columbia
5Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$1,692,410-37%2,969-282$570$104,294,7534Universal
6Godzilla 2000$1,181,445-30%2,111--$560$4,409,3641Sony / TriStar
8The Perfect Storm$471,462--1,417-521$333$172,278,0558Warner Bros.
9Scary Movie$345,134--1,501-443$230$145,799,0987Miramax / Dimension
10Disney's The Kid$317,424--1,222-295$260$62,429,3997Disney