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, Nov. 2 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 2 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brother Bear$8,350,981-24%3,0303028$2,756$19,802,5451Disney
2Scary Movie 3$5,376,458-47%3,5050$1,534$77,545,4062Miramax / Dimension
3Radio$2,691,690-46%3,0740$876$26,248,4332Sony / Columbia
4The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$2,437,661-48%2,970-48$821$66,056,6573New Line
5Mystic River$1,772,960-42%1,55158$1,143$33,547,8753Warner Bros.
6Runaway Jury$1,653,836-50%2,736-79$604$33,313,5743Fox
7Kill Bill Vol. 1$1,385,823-37%2,429-204$571$60,888,0184Miramax
8School of Rock$1,376,436-43%2,786-165$494$69,244,5155Paramount
9Good Boy!$811,496-22%2,415-347$336$35,263,1014MGM
10Intolerable Cruelty$622,405-53%1,661-629$375$31,897,3664Universal