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, Aug. 11 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dukes of Hazzard$2,789,795-12%3,785--$737$44,448,5951Warner Bros.
2Wedding Crashers$1,961,820-4%3,10676$632$152,038,3874New Line
3Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$1,595,483-7%3,702-73$431$176,528,3964Warner Bros.
4Sky High$1,205,974-4%2,9127$414$37,190,4952Disney
5March of the Penguins$1,101,1761%1,8671089$590$30,873,3237Warner Independent
6Must Love Dogs$930,202-2%2,5050$371$30,032,4662Warner Bros.
7Stealth$686,702-4%3,4950$196$27,519,4272Sony / Columbia
8Fantastic Four$508,934-6%2,339-405$218$146,170,4595Fox
9The Island (2005)$444,430-7%2,138-1000$208$32,848,5313DreamWorks
10War of the Worlds$425,767-4%1,940-384$219$226,399,1486Paramount