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. 10 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Exorcism of Emily Rose$11,953,7106%2,981--$4,010$23,232,6101Sony / Screen Gems
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$3,434,31740%2,97473$1,155$80,295,9254Universal
3Transporter 2$3,155,27139%3,32017$950$28,354,6732Fox
4The Constant Gardener$2,174,55555%1,38135$1,575$17,866,8782Focus
5Red Eye$2,016,61940%3,076-58$656$50,163,3214DreamWorks
6The Man$1,751,76136%2,040--$859$3,035,7121New Line
7Wedding Crashers$1,530,54356%2,181-235$702$199,307,3089New Line
8The Brothers Grimm$1,504,36958%2,750-348$547$32,415,0903Miramax / Dimension
9Four Brothers$1,321,47353%2,093-342$631$67,511,8635Paramount
10March of the Penguins$1,207,14586%2,403-103$502$66,192,51712Warner Independent