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 Tue, Dec. 3 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Die Another Day$1,667,73413%3,32410$502$104,525,2192MGM
2Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$953,216-9%3,6820$259$202,162,0523Warner Bros.
4Friday After Next$355,750-5%1,6215$219$25,875,7432New Line
5Treasure Planet$340,467-23%3,227--$106$17,382,4781Disney
68 Mile$337,86913%2,498-87$135$108,033,3974Universal
7Eight Crazy Nights$315,3821%2,503--$126$14,673,8921Sony / Columbia
8The Santa Clause 2$282,322-19%2,526-725$112$114,220,5685Disney
9The Ring$275,8789%1,912-716$144$120,316,3427DreamWorks
10Wes Craven Presents: They$260,5192%1,615--$161$8,033,5031Miramax / Dimension