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, Dec. 26 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$12,114,8465%3,3590$3,607$106,144,1851New Line
2Ali$5,806,490-43%2,446--$2,374$16,022,9670Sony / Columbia
3Ocean's Eleven$4,601,4795%3,0750$1,496$106,611,2073Warner Bros.
4Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$3,976,23984%3,139--$1,267$22,530,9531Paramount
5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,393,04775%3,311-111$1,025$271,287,3716Warner Bros.
6Vanilla Sky$2,963,6500%2,7442$1,080$52,460,0732Paramount
7Monsters, Inc.$1,575,39864%2,097-365$751$227,922,2808Disney
8How High$1,487,568-28%1,266--$1,175$11,268,9111Universal
9Not Another Teen Movie$1,354,515-9%2,3650$573$24,660,2882Sony / Columbia
10Joe Somebody$1,318,46613%2,506--$526$6,695,8051Fox