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, May. 3 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 3 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man$39,406,557--3,615--$10,901$39,406,5571Sony / Columbia
2The Scorpion King$2,946,494235%3,46516$850$68,161,4373Universal
3Changing Lanes$1,699,105246%2,6420$643$48,453,3764Paramount
4Life or Something Like It$1,220,012264%2,6093$468$8,960,1082Fox
5Murder by Numbers$1,171,203159%2,565-98$457$21,440,8943Warner Bros.
6Deuces Wild$1,020,989--1,480--$690$1,020,9891MGM
7The Rookie (2002)$984,975277%2,351-192$419$62,765,7346Disney
8Jason X$771,765183%1,8791$411$8,710,0092New Line
9Panic Room$679,788150%1,827-636$372$92,003,5956Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age$614,914201%2,137-457$288$167,276,4028Fox