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, Oct. 24 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 24 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie 3$18,397,995--3,505--$5,249$18,397,9951Miramax / Dimension
2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$4,988,554167%3,0182$1,653$41,442,1162New Line
3Radio$4,354,483--3,074--$1,417$4,354,4831Sony / Columbia
4Runaway Jury$2,633,351187%2,8150$935$18,241,8452Fox
5Mystic River$2,284,756183%1,49326$1,530$19,230,5182Warner Bros.
6Kill Bill Vol. 1$2,035,523104%2,633-469$773$49,799,2613Miramax
7School of Rock$1,977,050270%2,9510$670$58,850,5134Paramount
8Good Boy!$1,194,892226%2,762-463$433$28,235,9253MGM
9Intolerable Cruelty$1,145,899141%2,290-280$500$25,770,0083Universal
10Under the Tuscan Sun$681,462104%1,224-439$557$35,643,8195Disney