Grosses

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 Wed, Sep. 21 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 21 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Like Heaven$914,724-10%3,508--$261$19,265,0131DreamWorks
2The Exorcism of Emily Rose$744,539-17%2,9832$250$54,059,9792Sony / Screen Gems
3Lord of War$673,928-19%2,814--$239$11,684,6961Lionsgate
4The 40-Year-Old Virgin$466,259-11%3,00632$155$92,152,0195Universal
5Transporter 2$277,927-14%2,805-515$99$37,388,6773Fox
6The Constant Gardener$253,829-15%1,3876$183$25,087,5913Focus
7Cry Wolf$194,563-14%1,789--$109$5,074,4701Rogue
8March of the Penguins$187,717-2%1,876-527$100$70,933,36413Warner Independent
9Red Eye$169,164-11%2,455-621$69$55,706,7085DreamWorks
10Wedding Crashers$161,159-10%1,807-374$89$204,137,85010New Line