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, Oct. 5 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 5 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shark Tale$2,063,828-12%4,016--$514$52,024,8871DreamWorks
2Ladder 49$1,557,5150%3,260--$478$25,197,8081Disney
3The Forgotten$778,8854%3,14440$248$39,618,8742Sony / Columbia
4Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow$272,44810%2,721-449$100$31,109,8283Paramount
5Resident Evil: Apocalypse$191,8801%1,986-850$97$47,408,2264Sony / Screen Gems
6Mr. 3000$164,5035%2,239-497$73$19,424,0673Disney
7Cellular$150,6939%2,020-743$75$28,459,5144New Line
8First Daughter$148,0157%2,28020$65$7,410,0412Fox
10Without a Paddle$71,11610%1,439-880$49$55,559,3007Paramount