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, Mar. 6 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 6 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pacifier$8,373,568-38%3,131--$2,674$30,552,3411Disney
2Be Cool$5,650,337-41%3,216--$1,757$23,450,6311MGM
3Hitch$2,767,063-51%3,438-133$805$138,005,0824Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Mad Black Woman$2,686,685-49%1,703220$1,578$37,077,4392Lionsgate
5Million Dollar Baby$2,011,176-48%2,350225$856$76,609,93212Warner Bros.
6Constantine$1,707,260-36%2,758-248$619$60,654,1613Warner Bros.
7Cursed$876,146-49%2,8050$312$15,284,9282Miramax / Dimension
8Because of Winn-Dixie$867,973-42%2,506-682$346$26,778,4073Fox
9Man of the House (2005)$813,525-49%2,4220$336$13,981,1852Sony / Columbia
10The Jacket$716,545-34%1,331--$538$2,723,8501Warner Independent