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 Sat, Dec. 29 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$13,998,03511%3,3590$4,167$143,729,6932New Line
2Ocean's Eleven$6,275,16916%3,0750$2,041$122,513,7504Warner Bros.
3Ali$5,538,23812%2,446--$2,264$30,528,2091Sony / Columbia
4Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$5,366,4461%3,15112$1,703$37,846,4422Paramount
5Vanilla Sky$4,330,39622%2,7440$1,578$62,846,0273Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,841,8566%3,186-125$1,206$282,266,7227Warner Bros.
7Monsters, Inc.$2,180,8495%1,701-396$1,282$234,006,8129Disney
8How High$1,938,24816%1,2715$1,525$16,157,3872Universal
9Joe Somebody$1,888,7488%2,5159$751$11,700,8362Fox
10Not Another Teen Movie$1,611,0629%2,3650$681$28,952,8973Sony / Columbia