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 Sun, Jul. 7 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 7 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black II$13,811,485-25%3,557--$3,883$87,242,5691Sony / Columbia
2Mr. Deeds$5,161,137-22%3,2310$1,597$73,612,8122Sony / Columbia
3Lilo & Stitch$3,545,938-21%3,2220$1,101$103,017,4843Disney
4Minority Report$3,526,982-26%2,729-272$1,292$97,121,3823Fox
5Like Mike$3,441,511-24%2,410--$1,428$18,919,6221Fox
6The Bourne Identity$2,549,496-27%2,512-151$1,015$89,019,2034Universal
7Scooby-Doo$2,001,899-22%3,257-190$615$137,528,1274Warner Bros.
8The Powerpuff Girls Movie$1,072,653-15%2,340--$458$6,127,2531Warner Bros.
9The Sum of All Fears$943,239-38%1,592-894$592$111,723,4746Paramount
10Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood$758,516-27%1,792-375$423$60,787,2075Warner Bros.