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, Feb. 8 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Collateral Damage$4,754,578--2,824--$1,684$4,754,5781Warner Bros.
3Big Fat Liar$2,493,395--2,531--$985$2,493,3951Universal
4Black Hawk Down$2,063,829129%2,964-179$696$80,778,2464Sony / Columbia
5The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$1,787,987181%2,199-12$813$27,692,5763Disney
6A Walk to Remember$1,769,858388%2,311-109$766$26,525,2103Warner Bros.
7A Beautiful Mind$1,598,161153%2,220-30$720$108,567,5546Universal
8The Mothman Prophecies$1,435,990219%2,275-56$631$24,577,2523Sony / Screen Gems
9Snow Dogs$1,400,727222%2,4540$571$54,136,7704Disney
10I Am Sam$1,265,370176%1,450147$873$20,219,5357New Line