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 Thu, May. 30 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$3,272,5212%3,1610$1,035$211,320,1982Fox
2Spider-Man$2,004,7148%3,876261$517$339,505,3094Sony / Columbia
3Insomnia (2002)$1,822,3931%2,610--$698$31,667,4101Warner Bros.
4Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$1,459,1766%3,317--$440$27,447,4371DreamWorks
5Enough$993,2520%2,623--$379$20,340,4191Sony / Columbia
6About a Boy$681,3257%1,749542$390$23,721,5832Universal
8The New Guy$346,4817%2,374-313$146$25,404,8513Sony / Columbia
9Changing Lanes$129,77611%1,258-900$103$64,700,8447Paramount
10The Scorpion King$114,707-6%1,524-1031$75$88,282,2106Universal