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 Sat, Dec. 6 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 6 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Samurai$9,195,02910%2,908--$3,162$17,584,1441Warner Bros.
2Honey (2003)$5,340,38712%1,942--$2,750$10,089,1311Universal
3The Haunted Mansion$4,185,23182%3,1220$1,341$43,073,7832Disney
4Elf$3,616,22857%3,119-83$1,159$137,439,8145New Line
5Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$3,204,57590%3,409-58$940$83,049,7053Universal
6Bad Santa$2,972,71844%2,09186$1,422$25,168,8162Miramax / Dimension
7Gothika$2,180,57826%2,205-177$989$48,211,9893Warner Bros.
8The Missing$1,851,80957%2,7560$672$20,798,8752Sony / Columbia
9Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$1,653,95145%2,344-359$706$71,631,6864Fox
10Love Actually$1,538,70836%1,672-42$920$47,852,9075Universal