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, Nov. 9 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
18 Mile$18,562,654-5%2,470--$7,515$38,136,8181Universal
2The Santa Clause 2$10,756,57980%3,3522$3,209$52,027,3182Disney
3The Ring$6,320,09124%2,927119$2,159$81,525,1204DreamWorks
4I Spy$3,764,46441%3,1820$1,183$22,116,5212Sony / Columbia
5jackass: the movie$2,864,30720%2,5322$1,131$51,353,9473Paramount
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,660,41566%1,975-2$1,347$177,857,54530IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$1,679,58846%2,004-437$838$117,565,2367Disney
8Ghost Ship$1,307,66538%2,361-426$554$25,271,7623Warner Bros.
9Femme Fatale$1,124,32324%1,066--$1,055$2,683,7161Warner Bros.
10Punch-Drunk Love$1,080,54837%1,29341$836$13,881,1745Sony / Columbia