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. 11 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 11 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within$5,007,252--2,382--$2,102$5,007,2520Sony / Columbia
2Cats & Dogs$2,892,325-4%3,0400$951$22,615,3591Warner Bros.
3Scary Movie 2$2,014,575-25%3,2200$626$42,133,1351Miramax / Dimension
4The Fast and the Furious$1,454,726-15%2,79875$520$106,139,9763Universal
5Dr. Dolittle 2$1,391,7310%3,028-25$460$25,961,2193Fox
6A.I. Artificial Intelligence$1,244,567-17%3,2420$384$63,771,4852Warner Bros.
7Kiss of the Dragon$1,047,293-26%2,025--$517$3,807,0241Fox
9Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$748,751-14%3,010-339$249$64,903,9704Paramount
10Atlantis: The Lost Empire$691,350-6%2,272-758$304$35,116,3584Disney