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 Wed, Aug. 13 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 13 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1S.W.A.T.$3,239,917-20%3,202--$1,012$48,906,3971Sony / Columbia
2Freaky Friday (2003)$2,843,692-13%2,954244$963$42,600,6881Disney
3American Wedding$1,714,140-18%3,1753$540$71,105,8682Universal
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$1,651,335-11%3,170-220$521$238,091,0055Disney
6Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$1,058,898-18%3,38824$313$90,738,0153Miramax / Dimension
7Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$637,421-14%3,036-186$210$55,801,4923Paramount
8Bad Boys II$634,924-13%2,449-573$259$125,171,2324Sony / Columbia
9Finding Nemo$375,572-12%1,502-275$250$326,117,13111Disney
10Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$193,203-15%1,275-485$152$146,630,0136Warner Bros.