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, Jul. 1 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$21,920,81552%3,908--$5,609$57,602,8891Paramount
2Batman Begins$4,574,78273%3,765-93$1,215$140,039,1113Warner Bros.
3Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$3,230,10992%2,985-280$1,082$136,588,0994Fox
4Bewitched$3,084,94455%3,18814$968$32,592,8232Sony / Columbia
5Herbie: Fully Loaded$3,000,94043%3,5210$852$29,331,8522Disney
8Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$1,196,89478%1,759-612$680$362,664,9137Fox
9The Longest Yard (2005)$1,044,53185%1,790-726$584$145,730,1086Paramount
10George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$867,58654%2,2534$385$14,362,9742Universal