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, Mar. 29 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 29 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Panic Room$11,800,410--3,053--$3,865$11,800,4101Sony / Columbia
2Ice Age$7,045,386104%3,333-12$2,114$105,773,4203Fox
3The Rookie (2002)$6,095,994--2,511--$2,428$6,095,9941Disney
4Blade II$4,612,675148%2,7070$1,704$46,515,9142New Line
6E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$2,314,329117%3,0070$770$20,446,1422Universal
7Death to Smoochy$1,694,256--2,164--$783$1,694,2561Warner Bros.
8A Beautiful Mind$1,404,953127%1,560105$901$158,368,16913Universal
9Showtime$1,294,96345%2,321-596$558$31,063,0443Warner Bros.
10We Were Soldiers$1,292,212114%2,046-813$632$64,324,6395Paramount