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 Fri, Jul. 4 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$13,036,36110%3,504--$3,720$41,383,5441Warner Bros.
2Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$6,133,111-14%3,350--$1,831$22,419,4701MGM
3Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$3,647,2155%3,48526$1,047$56,707,3942Sony / Columbia
4Finding Nemo$2,904,5949%2,902-431$1,001$266,784,8286Disney
6Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,741,8215%3,086--$564$4,925,2921DreamWorks
728 Days Later$1,326,81723%1,407147$943$15,876,5352Fox Searchlight
8The Italian Job$1,037,68630%1,584-437$655$80,742,1086Paramount
9Bruce Almighty$993,28820%1,929-722$515$225,633,6127Universal
102 Fast 2 Furious$595,630-2%1,779-1038$335$117,390,8925Universal