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 Mon, Jan. 6 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$2,133,674-68%3,6220$589$263,165,6183New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$1,812,833-64%3,17014$572$99,252,1062DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$812,319-68%2,7550$295$69,623,1003Warner Bros.
4Gangs of New York$755,050-61%2,305115$328$47,844,5163Miramax
5Maid in Manhattan$577,590-71%3,050112$189$76,904,8794Sony / Columbia
7The Wild Thornberrys Movie$297,002-80%2,881-131$103$31,825,9383Paramount
8Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$292,740-78%2,015-490$145$252,397,6498Warner Bros.
9The Hot Chick$286,908-63%2,160-86$133$30,139,9814Disney
10Die Another Day$235,425-64%1,808-67$130$154,005,6807MGM