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. 23 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 23 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Butterfly Effect$6,044,402--2,605--$2,320$6,044,4021New Line
2Along Came Polly$5,031,829244%2,99511$1,680$41,944,1882Universal
3Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$2,634,689--2,711--$972$2,634,6891DreamWorks
4Big Fish$1,964,064202%2,438-76$806$43,790,7137Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen$1,540,646318%2,810-215$548$117,690,3115Fox
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,509,203135%2,558-445$590$332,547,4616New Line
7Torque$1,307,802201%2,4630$531$14,094,0422Warner Bros.
8Cold Mountain$1,286,736140%2,8020$459$68,864,9995Miramax
9Something's Gotta Give$1,075,633135%2,143-359$502$104,108,1787Sony / Columbia
10Mystic River$738,7052300%1,3271194$557$56,150,22515Warner Bros.