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, Jan. 16 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Coach Carter$6,787,705-29%2,524--$2,689$24,182,8811Paramount
2Meet the Fockers$5,473,714-33%3,55427$1,540$231,109,5264Universal
3Racing Stripes$4,788,138-19%3,185--$1,503$13,919,6721Warner Bros.
4In Good Company$4,048,650-29%1,5661563$2,585$14,788,4203Universal
5White Noise$3,498,676-27%2,27918$1,535$41,109,5472Universal
7The Aviator (2004)$1,466,101-32%1,95689$750$50,249,3134Miramax
8Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$1,344,085-23%2,540-803$529$111,119,5505Paramount
9Fat Albert$900,492-30%2,043-632$441$44,613,9994Fox
10Ocean's Twelve$832,885-33%2,105-905$396$119,942,2956Warner Bros.