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, Feb. 4 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Recruit$1,164,6052%2,376--$490$18,602,9151Disney
2Final Destination 2$950,626-4%2,834--$335$17,957,8171New Line
3Biker Boyz$433,189-14%1,766--$245$11,044,3531DreamWorks
4The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$361,03515%2,175-491$166$316,702,5937New Line
5Catch Me If You Can (2002)$355,49526%2,316-460$153$152,802,9566DreamWorks
6About Schmidt$345,29625%1,2360$279$43,125,8668New Line
7Darkness Falls$309,4082%2,86528$108$22,414,8702Sony / Columbia
8Kangaroo Jack$261,225-4%2,8480$92$46,423,0433Warner Bros.
9Just Married$232,32618%2,408-297$96$50,159,8804Fox
10National Security$216,2661%2,494-235$87$32,782,0043Sony / Columbia