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 Thu, Jun. 30 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$14,425,896-32%3,908--$3,691$35,682,0740Paramount
2Batman Begins$2,637,3332%3,765-93$700$135,464,3292Warner Bros.
3Herbie: Fully Loaded$2,101,036-5%3,521220$597$26,330,9121Disney
4Bewitched$1,992,131-1%3,174--$628$29,507,8791Sony / Columbia
5Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,683,8624%3,040-411$554$133,357,9903Fox
7Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$673,6493%1,972-951$342$361,468,0196Fox
8The Longest Yard (2005)$563,630-4%1,790-1522$315$144,685,5775Paramount
9George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$563,1190%2,249--$250$13,495,3881Universal
10The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$499,772-3%2,352-303$212$32,812,1673Miramax / Dimension