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, Nov. 17 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$24,512,967-28%3,682--$6,658$88,357,7781Warner Bros.
28 Mile$4,455,663-46%2,49626$1,785$84,440,6422Universal
3The Santa Clause 2$4,410,488-38%3,346-6$1,318$82,517,7223Disney
4The Ring$2,308,898-52%2,882-45$801$100,687,5115DreamWorks
5Half Past Dead$1,832,136-45%2,113--$867$7,820,2711Sony / Columbia
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,190,468-46%1,812-163$657$186,182,55231IFC Films
7jackass: the movie$900,820-49%2,413-119$373$59,348,8774Paramount
8I Spy$855,405-51%2,611-571$328$30,733,4653Sony / Columbia
9Sweet Home Alabama$457,658-57%1,469-535$312$121,884,1118Disney
10Femme Fatale$301,474-46%1,0660$283$5,690,4922Warner Bros.