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, Feb. 2 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 2 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$5,903,24866%3,14342$1,878$73,410,2163Sony / Columbia
2Snow Dogs$5,259,034131%2,45414$2,143$48,462,3083Disney
3A Beautiful Mind$4,421,24475%2,25013$1,965$103,053,3445Universal
4The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$4,312,01551%2,211204$1,950$21,761,1972Disney
5A Walk to Remember$4,083,17029%2,4209$1,687$21,727,9342Warner Bros.
6The Mothman Prophecies$3,610,86344%2,3310$1,549$19,987,2022Sony / Screen Gems
7I Am Sam$3,065,35456%1,30335$2,353$15,767,2636New Line
8The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$2,967,07799%2,309-394$1,285$265,027,9427New Line
9Kung Pow! Enter the Fist$1,901,83372%2,475-3$768$11,255,7482Fox
10Slackers$1,256,39915%1,893--$664$2,350,1491Sony / Columbia