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 Tue, Jul. 5 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 5 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War of the Worlds$8,453,223-31%3,908--$2,163$121,197,1731Paramount
2Batman Begins$2,535,082-32%3,765-93$673$157,338,2723Warner Bros.
3Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,672,329-22%2,985-280$560$147,753,8154Fox
4Herbie: Fully Loaded$1,664,431-14%3,5210$473$38,757,9472Disney
5Bewitched$1,649,248-14%3,18814$517$42,233,9412Sony / Columbia
8Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$611,290-36%1,759-612$348$367,110,9307Fox
9The Longest Yard (2005)$552,301-17%1,790-726$309$149,242,3246Paramount
10George A. Romero's Land of the Dead$507,383-6%2,2534$225$17,258,5442Universal