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. 26 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 26 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rundown$6,036,538--3,152--$1,915$6,036,5381Universal
2Under the Tuscan Sun$3,069,979--1,226--$2,504$3,069,9791Disney
3Underworld$2,861,133134%2,92813$977$30,467,1802Sony / Screen Gems
4Secondhand Lions$2,302,078221%3,03825$758$17,511,1932New Line
6The Fighting Temptations$1,751,967293%2,0260$865$15,479,4792Paramount
7Once Upon a Time in Mexico$1,472,998117%2,922-367$504$45,435,6463Sony / Columbia
8Matchstick Men$1,331,492168%2,666-45$499$27,682,0073Warner Bros.
9Cold Creek Manor$1,312,566204%2,0350$645$11,551,9852Disney
10Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$737,663483%1,953-130$378$18,564,8364Paramount