Grosses

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 Mon, Oct. 21 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Ring$1,388,495-64%1,981--$701$16,404,6771DreamWorks
2Red Dragon$611,762-70%3,307-56$185$78,419,5583Universal
3Sweet Home Alabama$530,376-75%3,282-31$162$99,001,1074Disney
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$475,859-70%2,014-2$236$156,354,84627IFC Films
5The Transporter$372,918-72%2,61037$143$17,563,6092Fox
6Brown Sugar$306,495-73%1,3786$222$18,806,2462Fox Searchlight
7White Oleander$262,942-66%1,5100$174$11,011,8402Warner Bros.
8Abandon$241,027-75%2,341--$103$5,306,3391Paramount
9Formula 51$234,281-67%1,857--$126$3,052,4231Sony / Screen Gems
10Knockaround Guys$210,538-67%1,8060$117$9,635,5462New Line