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, Jun. 22 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Minority Report$13,295,97814%3,001--$4,431$24,959,4661Fox
2Lilo & Stitch$12,806,6304%3,191--$4,013$25,142,3181Disney
3Scooby-Doo$9,688,34027%3,4470$2,811$93,172,8562Warner Bros.
4The Bourne Identity$6,012,24130%2,6435$2,275$49,943,3662Universal
5The Sum of All Fears$3,289,73039%3,037-193$1,083$95,177,6404Paramount
7Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood$2,334,89819%2,310-197$1,011$44,978,8903Warner Bros.
8Juwanna Mann$2,129,5447%1,325--$1,607$4,124,1031Warner Bros.
9Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$2,107,18951%2,107-294$1,000$278,178,3316Fox
10Spider-Man$1,877,05044%2,278-424$824$389,007,4338Sony / Columbia