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 Mon, Sep. 6 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$2,707,059-16%2,09261$1,294$35,237,1652Miramax
2The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$1,984,707-1%3,139-192$632$85,500,5494Disney
3Without a Paddle$1,927,408-26%2,75626$699$39,854,7563Paramount
5Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$1,586,500-29%2,9050$546$23,860,9192Sony / Screen Gems
7Vanity Fair$1,435,437-14%1,051--$1,366$7,408,8571Focus
8Wicker Park$1,352,804-26%2,598--$521$6,820,9431MGM
9The Cookout$1,218,661-18%1,303--$935$6,220,8691Lionsgate
10The Bourne Supremacy$1,201,614-24%1,717-362$700$164,764,2047Universal