Grosses

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 Sun, Sep. 21 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 21 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld$5,231,875-34%2,915--$1,795$21,753,1381Sony / Screen Gems
2Secondhand Lions$3,234,076-37%3,013--$1,073$12,141,5171New Line
3Once Upon a Time in Mexico$2,943,391-35%3,2897$895$40,950,8722Sony / Columbia
4The Fighting Temptations$2,742,705-48%2,026--$1,354$11,758,9751Paramount
5Cold Creek Manor$1,925,199-44%2,035--$946$8,190,2831Disney
6Matchstick Men$1,624,537-52%2,7110$599$24,233,8462Warner Bros.
7Cabin Fever$963,049-41%2,10518$458$14,726,3452Lionsgate
8Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$891,047-49%2,0830$428$17,302,2233Paramount
9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$860,788-46%1,746-283$493$292,497,30511Disney
10Freaky Friday (2003)$662,292-43%1,850-717$358$105,095,8187Disney