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, Apr. 27 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Scorpion King$7,846,55056%3,4495$2,275$56,158,7762Universal
2Changing Lanes$4,093,03860%2,6420$1,549$42,223,7423Paramount
3Murder by Numbers$2,807,53449%2,6630$1,054$16,686,3782Warner Bros.
4Life or Something Like It$2,563,44917%2,606--$984$4,759,3551Fox
5Jason X$2,557,482-1%1,878--$1,362$5,150,6911New Line
6The Rookie (2002)$2,548,67076%2,54336$1,002$59,155,9655Disney
7Ice Age$2,206,38697%2,594-226$851$164,133,7267Fox
8Panic Room$1,909,47157%2,463-362$775$89,093,6655Sony / Columbia
9High Crimes$1,444,05754%2,054-355$703$34,360,7704Fox
10The Sweetest Thing$1,221,74930%2,124-546$575$20,536,6663Sony / Columbia