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, Sep. 3 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transporter 2$5,815,4864%3,303--$1,761$11,388,9751Fox
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$4,859,38241%2,90133$1,675$63,661,7293Universal
3The Constant Gardener$3,338,89348%1,346--$2,481$7,311,9001Focus
4Red Eye$2,883,07440%3,13443$920$41,022,5233DreamWorks
5The Brothers Grimm$2,718,12750%3,09811$877$24,234,0272Miramax / Dimension
6Four Brothers$1,893,16056%2,435-214$777$61,091,1814Paramount
7Wedding Crashers$1,782,02153%2,416-321$738$192,944,1338New Line
8March of the Penguins$1,549,40674%2,506112$618$60,443,47611Warner Independent
9The Skeleton Key$1,255,50849%2,414-370$520$41,835,8584Universal
10The Cave$1,102,16744%2,1950$502$9,881,8902Sony / Screen Gems