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, Aug. 15 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 15 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Freddy Vs. Jason$14,101,018--3,014--$4,679$14,101,0181New Line
2S.W.A.T.$5,645,707113%3,22018$1,753$57,197,3102Sony / Columbia
3Uptown Girls$4,307,282--2,495--$1,726$4,307,2821MGM
4Freaky Friday (2003)$4,295,42080%2,97925$1,442$49,277,4042Disney
5Open Range$4,240,002--2,075--$2,043$4,240,0021Disney
6American Wedding$2,596,35592%2,985-190$870$75,051,3073Universal
7Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$2,563,52575%2,710-460$946$242,117,4716Disney
9Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$1,348,99653%3,003-385$449$92,965,8644Miramax / Dimension
10Grind$1,079,785--2,253--$479$1,079,7851Warner Bros.