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 Sat, Jan. 11 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 11 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Married$7,372,45117%2,766--$2,665$13,680,5401Fox
2The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$6,637,76870%3,477-145$1,909$279,200,5314New Line
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$6,597,16645%3,22555$2,046$115,888,7473DreamWorks
4Two Weeks Notice$2,960,12839%2,7550$1,074$77,243,2124Warner Bros.
5Maid in Manhattan$2,349,78355%2,926-124$803$82,566,5415Sony / Columbia
6Gangs of New York$2,065,04346%2,34035$882$53,576,5574Miramax
7Antwone Fisher$1,676,18742%1,007815$1,665$9,503,1134Fox Searchlight
8The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,389,852252%2,608-273$533$34,108,2294Paramount
10Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,102,423145%1,550-465$711$254,602,4629Warner Bros.