Grosses

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 Wed, Mar. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age$2,524,289-12%3,316--$761$54,732,3951Fox
2Resident Evil$982,095-21%2,528--$388$21,278,6381Sony / Screen Gems
3Showtime$856,504-14%2,917--$294$17,815,1381Warner Bros.
4The Time Machine$683,117-13%2,95814$231$42,178,5092DreamWorks
5We Were Soldiers$606,182-14%3,1430$193$54,406,5183Paramount
640 Days and 40 Nights$380,803-16%2,312-87$165$31,027,8293Miramax
7A Beautiful Mind$344,304-10%1,530-263$225$150,258,11411Universal
8All About the Benjamins$315,059-6%1,51914$207$18,757,6832New Line
9John Q.$257,124-8%2,019-363$127$66,006,2285New Line
10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$198,642-12%1,101-109$180$294,956,01913New Line