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 Thu, Feb. 7 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$901,1111%3,14342$287$78,714,4173Sony / Columbia
2The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$635,5623%2,211204$287$25,904,5892Disney
3A Beautiful Mind$631,6470%2,25013$281$106,969,3935Universal
4I Am Sam$457,959-5%1,30335$351$18,954,1656New Line
5The Mothman Prophecies$449,961-3%2,3310$193$23,141,2622Sony / Screen Gems
6Snow Dogs$434,9138%2,4400$178$52,736,0433Disney
7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$372,567-1%2,309-394$161$267,798,5887New Line
8A Walk to Remember$362,7134%2,4209$150$24,755,3522Warner Bros.
9Slackers$192,356-11%1,893--$102$3,688,9811Sony / Columbia
10Birthday Girl$174,451-9%1,000--$174$3,141,1401Miramax