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 Sun, Nov. 28 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 28 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure$6,518,464-49%3,243226$2,010$87,270,2892Disney
2The Incredibles$4,639,686-49%3,453-230$1,344$214,295,0694Disney
3The Polar Express$4,307,323-43%3,6500$1,180$81,485,2793Warner Bros.
4Christmas with the Kranks$4,162,503-51%3,393--$1,227$30,816,5911Sony / Columbia
5The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$4,006,574-41%3,30795$1,212$58,792,2392Paramount
6Alexander$3,019,099-41%2,445--$1,235$21,837,1561Warner Bros.
7Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$1,285,145-49%2,47323$520$31,964,4003Universal
9After the Sunset$654,586-49%2,309-510$283$24,328,8263New Line
10The Grudge$312,303-63%1,486-626$210$107,779,1786Sony / Columbia