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 Sat, Aug. 20 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The 40-Year-Old Virgin$7,994,69013%2,845--$2,810$15,049,9281Universal
2Red Eye$6,027,2940%3,079--$1,958$12,052,8081DreamWorks
3Four Brothers$4,988,86636%2,649116$1,883$39,286,7232Paramount
4Wedding Crashers$3,418,51742%2,920-211$1,171$175,479,2426New Line
5The Skeleton Key$3,134,76128%2,7743$1,130$28,311,5562Universal
6March of the Penguins$2,685,96051%2,10239$1,278$46,424,4499Warner Independent
7The Dukes of Hazzard$2,447,32827%3,404-381$719$67,473,7813Warner Bros.
9Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$1,817,05539%2,575-729$706$191,329,3966Warner Bros.
10Sky High$1,688,69641%2,145-662$787$49,715,8864Disney