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, Oct. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Ring$3,848,680-39%1,981--$1,943$15,016,1821DreamWorks
2Sweet Home Alabama$2,109,660-52%3,282-31$643$98,470,7314Disney
3Red Dragon$2,066,064-48%3,307-56$625$77,807,7963Universal
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,575,197-54%2,014-2$782$155,878,98727IFC Films
5The Transporter$1,319,663-40%2,61037$506$17,190,6912Fox
6The Tuxedo$1,166,835-39%2,424-561$481$43,151,8314DreamWorks
7Brown Sugar$1,146,056-55%1,3786$832$18,499,7512Fox Searchlight
8Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie$1,140,244-36%1,581407$721$16,022,0393Artisan
10Tuck Everlasting$932,425-44%1,448263$644$10,583,2662Disney