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, Feb. 11 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitch$13,966,250--3,575--$3,907$13,966,2501Sony / Columbia
2Boogeyman$3,288,741300%3,0520$1,078$25,821,8612Sony / Screen Gems
3Million Dollar Baby$1,907,508150%2,03510$937$39,414,2219Warner Bros.
4Are We There Yet?$1,817,117335%2,81020$647$54,835,0974Sony / Columbia
5The Wedding Date$1,712,676147%1,70410$1,005$15,621,8872Universal
6Hide and Seek$1,516,553178%2,525-480$601$39,520,1793Fox
7Pooh's Heffalump Movie$1,354,119--2,529--$535$1,354,1191Disney
8The Aviator (2004)$1,178,070150%2,196-334$536$78,854,6318Miramax
9Sideways$1,160,857173%1,619-167$717$49,468,79817Fox Searchlight
10Meet the Fockers$867,155148%1,883-621$461$267,359,3018Universal