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, Jan. 11 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 11 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$4,092,033-36%3,532-171$1,159$312,323,5434New Line
2Big Fish$3,445,989-40%2,4062281$1,432$23,388,6335Sony / Columbia
3Cheaper by the Dozen$3,063,977-45%3,238-69$946$101,148,0763Fox
4Cold Mountain$1,948,596-45%2,30286$846$55,348,2233Miramax
5Something's Gotta Give$1,783,956-50%2,87668$620$92,512,7715Sony / Columbia
6My Baby's Daddy$1,671,386-51%1,447--$1,155$7,550,2131Miramax
7Peter Pan (2003)$1,306,901-32%2,614-199$500$40,011,9613Universal
8The Last Samurai$1,252,313-37%1,901-500$659$97,185,9576Warner Bros.
10Chasing Liberty$1,177,106-54%2,400--$490$6,080,8761Warner Bros.