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, Feb. 2 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 2 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Recruit$4,108,372-40%2,376--$1,729$16,301,7311Disney
2Final Destination 2$3,670,762-45%2,834--$1,295$16,021,8221New Line
3Kangaroo Jack$2,871,081-33%2,8480$1,008$45,889,8013Warner Bros.
4Biker Boyz$2,448,025-41%1,766--$1,386$10,105,3381DreamWorks
5The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$1,528,653-35%2,175-491$703$316,027,4997New Line
6Darkness Falls$1,480,478-53%2,86528$517$21,802,7502Sony / Columbia
7Catch Me If You Can (2002)$1,244,389-49%2,316-460$537$152,164,9226DreamWorks
8About Schmidt$1,200,589-43%1,2360$971$42,505,2508New Line
9National Security$1,118,449-44%2,494-235$448$32,351,2343Sony / Columbia
10Just Married$1,078,759-51%2,408-297$448$49,731,0504Fox