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 Thu, Dec. 19 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$13,878,735-47%3,622--$3,832$40,038,3840New Line
2Maid in Manhattan$1,426,8535%2,838--$503$24,545,4781Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek: Nemesis$642,501-12%2,711--$237$22,050,4121Paramount
5Die Another Day$617,305-3%3,37730$183$134,467,7824MGM
6The Hot Chick$455,1217%2,217--$205$9,198,0411Disney
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$443,6302%3,025-362$147$224,455,1035Warner Bros.
8Analyze That$417,605-4%2,6350$158$21,583,7712Warner Bros.
9The Santa Clause 2$383,11131%2,207-149$174$126,632,6687Disney
10Treasure Planet$181,05011%2,192-1035$83$28,602,4783Disney