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 Tue, May. 18 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Troy$4,214,820-8%3,411--$1,236$55,656,6701Warner Bros.
2Van Helsing$1,359,135-5%3,5805$380$87,885,5302Universal
3Mean Girls$649,6655%3,01543$215$56,675,5503Paramount
4Man on Fire (2004)$466,7366%2,650-196$176$65,078,5964Fox
513 Going on 30$316,44616%2,656-502$119$49,108,5024Sony / Columbia
6Breakin' All the Rules$295,514-11%1,318--$224$5,716,0541Sony / Screen Gems
7Kill Bill Vol. 2$230,6309%1,401-551$165$61,297,1365Miramax
8Laws of Attraction$177,18714%2,003-446$88$15,643,9663New Line
9New York Minute$172,5664%3,0060$57$11,121,2042Warner Bros.