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, Jun. 26 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Batman Begins$8,655,131-19%3,8580$2,243$122,514,6922Warner Bros.
2Bewitched$5,335,432-26%3,174--$1,681$20,132,1071Sony / Columbia
3Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$4,840,536-28%3,265-186$1,483$125,511,5403Fox
4Herbie: Fully Loaded$3,664,308-26%3,521--$1,041$17,744,4851Disney
5George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$2,608,764-22%2,249--$1,160$10,221,7251Universal
7Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$1,921,653-23%2,371-552$810$358,466,8176Fox
8The Longest Yard (2005)$1,545,151-30%2,516-796$614$141,945,6585Paramount
9The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$1,149,594-16%2,352-303$489$30,546,9783Miramax / Dimension
10Cinderella Man$1,039,961-29%1,677-933$620$49,767,1464Universal