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, Aug. 6 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 6 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Village$5,616,43455%3,7333$1,505$74,760,0592Disney
3The Bourne Supremacy$4,410,88966%3,304124$1,335$114,621,8853Universal
4The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$3,037,15965%2,8670$1,059$30,747,0372Paramount
5Little Black Book$2,664,481--2,445--$1,090$2,664,4811Sony / Columbia
6I, Robot$1,981,81454%2,806-398$706$122,388,7024Fox
7Spider-Man 2$1,611,24947%2,564-437$628$350,676,7596Sony / Columbia
8Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle$1,032,79525%2,16328$477$10,166,4382New Line
9A Cinderella Story$962,3935%2,065-285$466$44,976,6554Warner Bros.
10Catwoman$887,8069%2,275-842$390$34,055,5813Warner Bros.