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, Jan. 9 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 9 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Fish$4,626,3241557%2,4062281$1,923$14,203,6595Sony / Columbia
2The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$3,676,216123%3,532-171$1,041$301,791,5364New Line
3Cheaper by the Dozen$3,080,414313%3,238-69$951$92,476,2993Fox
4My Baby's Daddy$2,463,355--1,447--$1,702$2,463,3551Miramax
5Cold Mountain$2,386,350159%2,2160$1,077$49,850,6663Miramax
6Chasing Liberty$2,363,963--2,400--$985$2,363,9631Warner Bros.
7Something's Gotta Give$2,353,231160%2,87668$818$87,138,2415Sony / Columbia
9Mona Lisa Smile$1,370,081122%2,500-214$548$53,869,2184Sony / Columbia
10The Last Samurai$1,321,279112%1,901-500$695$93,956,5446Warner Bros.