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 Sun, Sep. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Like Heaven$3,805,376-46%3,508--$1,085$16,409,1921DreamWorks
2The Exorcism of Emily Rose$3,360,551-48%2,9832$1,127$51,560,4582Sony / Screen Gems
3Lord of War$2,456,024-35%2,814--$873$9,390,5411Lionsgate
4The 40-Year-Old Virgin$1,352,842-51%3,00632$450$90,725,9945Universal
5Transporter 2$1,064,039-41%2,805-515$379$36,495,0703Fox
6Cry Wolf$901,046-54%1,789--$504$4,428,7161Rogue
7The Constant Gardener$812,876-53%1,3876$586$24,296,1713Focus
8March of the Penguins$725,231-38%1,876-527$387$70,390,08013Warner Independent
9Red Eye$634,264-52%2,455-621$258$55,184,6225DreamWorks
10Wedding Crashers$526,658-57%1,807-374$291$203,649,91810New Line