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, Jan. 7 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Noise$8,919,978--2,261--$3,945$8,919,9781Universal
2Meet the Fockers$8,835,216202%3,5273$2,505$184,634,3883Universal
3The Aviator (2004)$2,222,765158%1,86771$1,191$37,535,9153Miramax
4Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$1,686,511149%3,343-280$504$99,816,6854Paramount
5Ocean's Twelve$1,668,673164%3,010-280$554$111,674,7315Warner Bros.
6Fat Albert$1,359,480289%2,675-69$508$36,634,2013Fox
7Spanglish$1,316,348158%2,58798$509$34,575,0554Sony / Columbia
8National Treasure$1,249,605226%2,177-105$574$157,522,7988Disney
9The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$872,116105%1,1050$789$17,576,2735Disney
10Darkness$790,588174%1,714-4$461$18,868,0293Miramax / Dimension