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, Jul. 18 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black II$2,616,0162%3,61154$724$143,574,2012Sony / Columbia
2Road to Perdition$2,330,966-2%1,797--$1,297$31,892,2471DreamWorks
3Mr. Deeds$1,557,2673%3,2398$481$100,317,1893Sony / Columbia
4Reign of Fire$1,389,921-2%2,629--$529$21,928,5441Disney
5Lilo & Stitch$1,373,1687%2,940-282$467$123,456,6794Disney
6Eight Legged Freaks$1,162,032-19%2,402--$484$2,594,1330Warner Bros.
7The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course$1,106,251-1%2,535--$436$14,064,7401MGM
8Like Mike$1,018,4131%2,280-130$447$36,866,4432Fox
9Halloween: Resurrection$941,0806%1,954--$482$16,442,0181Miramax / Dimension
10Minority Report$837,9470%2,291-438$366$113,645,5994Fox