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, Sep. 5 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 5 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$2,067,006--2,026--$1,020$2,067,0061Paramount
2Jeepers Creepers II$1,978,558204%3,1240$633$22,700,9442MGM / United Artists
3The Order$1,588,708--1,975--$804$1,588,7081Fox
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$1,427,941212%2,203-24$648$277,987,6059Disney
5Freaky Friday (2003)$1,360,150351%2,973-94$458$93,400,3325Disney
6S.W.A.T.$1,328,389206%2,600-181$511$105,542,0865Sony / Columbia
7Open Range$1,208,856135%2,26824$533$46,317,2494Disney
9Freddy Vs. Jason$922,078146%2,505-424$368$76,035,5984New Line
10Uptown Girls$723,744254%2,031-135$356$31,839,9824MGM