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. 24 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$12,513,934-33%3,6820$3,399$148,360,5032Warner Bros.
2Die Another Day$11,406,026-40%3,314--$3,442$47,070,7381MGM
3Friday After Next$3,400,892-35%1,616--$2,105$13,001,5671New Line
4The Santa Clause 2$2,969,206-38%3,251-95$913$94,945,6084Disney
58 Mile$2,042,073-46%2,58589$790$97,581,8383Universal
6The Ring$1,670,491-50%2,628-254$636$110,842,9296DreamWorks
7My Big Fat Greek Wedding$930,170-44%1,585-227$587$191,126,37032IFC Films
8Half Past Dead$705,356-50%2,1130$334$12,501,5312Sony / Columbia
9jackass: the movie$387,340-46%1,522-891$254$62,052,4415Paramount
10I Spy$223,204-54%1,535-1076$145$32,645,2014Sony / Columbia