Grosses

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, Dec. 21 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$4,218,833-5%3,620--$1,165$38,701,2811Paramount
2Ocean's Twelve$2,804,1975%3,2900$852$74,009,4812Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express$2,454,77221%2,868-389$856$127,919,6366Warner Bros.
4Spanglish$1,388,9742%2,438--$570$11,562,5491Sony / Columbia
5Christmas with the Kranks$1,161,76320%2,941-353$395$64,097,8584Sony / Columbia
6National Treasure$1,115,93511%2,772-431$403$134,872,7215Disney
7Blade: Trinity$1,006,4992%2,9120$346$37,632,6582New Line
8The Incredibles$782,65713%1,930-726$406$238,455,4337Disney
9Flight of the Phoenix$773,9614%2,604--$297$6,535,6091Fox
10Closer$593,5318%1,090468$545$19,948,5493Sony / Columbia