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 Wed, Jun. 23 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Chicks$4,216,156--2,412--$1,748$4,216,1560Sony / Columbia
2DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$4,007,418-23%2,694--$1,488$44,865,3531Fox
3Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$2,155,396-17%3,805-50$566$198,055,1233Warner Bros.
4The Terminal$2,087,009-14%2,811--$742$25,812,2471DreamWorks
5Shrek 2$1,824,874-20%3,306-537$552$384,612,4245DreamWorks
7The Stepford Wives$1,121,771-15%3,0570$367$42,675,6652Paramount
8The Chronicles of Riddick$908,228-22%2,7570$329$45,738,9502Universal
9Around the World in 80 Days (2004)$823,254-19%2,801189$294$13,123,1081Disney
10The Day After Tomorrow$774,311-24%2,667-410$290$170,069,8144Fox