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. 23 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Are We There Yet?$5,210,353-34%2,709--$1,923$18,575,2801Sony / Columbia
2Coach Carter$2,210,691-52%2,55228$866$42,791,0602Paramount
3Meet the Fockers$2,188,832-49%3,446-108$635$247,244,6595Universal
4Racing Stripes$2,142,448-30%3,1850$673$27,089,7022Warner Bros.
5In Good Company$1,747,129-48%1,963397$890$27,426,7514Universal
6Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$1,657,772-37%2,297--$722$8,043,5201Rogue
7The Phantom of the Opera$1,188,578-35%1,511604$787$33,122,0795Warner Bros.
8The Aviator (2004)$1,185,124-45%2,261305$524$58,039,6575Miramax
9White Noise$1,156,563-44%2,247-32$515$49,381,8053Universal