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, Dec. 16 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vanilla Sky$6,397,612-34%2,742--$2,333$25,015,5631Paramount
2Ocean's Eleven$5,410,191-43%3,0750$1,759$72,304,2122Warner Bros.
3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,106,637-31%3,422-250$908$253,411,0335Warner Bros.
4Not Another Teen Movie$2,879,490-39%2,365--$1,218$12,615,8371Sony / Columbia
5Monsters, Inc.$1,501,603-35%2,462-422$610$218,812,6267Disney
6Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$1,370,567-43%2,792-52$491$38,814,9883Fox
7Spy Game$650,105-41%2,503-267$260$57,826,6624Universal
8Black Knight$512,437-46%1,907-326$269$29,747,5484Fox
9Shallow Hal$341,979-50%1,767-450$194$66,968,6046Fox
10Out Cold (2001)$138,908-55%1,183-468$117$13,243,7904Disney