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 Fri, Jan. 4 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$6,783,88980%3,38122$2,006$189,283,2473New Line
2A Beautiful Mind$5,086,034295%1,8551330$2,742$26,298,7681Universal
3Ocean's Eleven$3,672,725115%2,770-305$1,326$144,585,1305Warner Bros.
4Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$2,463,09343%3,1510$782$55,784,8693Paramount
5Vanilla Sky$2,272,17699%2,84298$799$76,142,7794Paramount
6Ali$2,197,296109%2,4460$898$44,656,8742Sony / Columbia
7Kate & Leopold$2,075,259--2,467--$841$4,637,2612Miramax
8Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$1,704,49934%2,681-505$636$296,326,7368Warner Bros.
9How High$1,050,20294%1,2732$825$21,919,0783Universal