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 Fri, Feb. 3 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1When a Stranger Calls (2006)$9,011,643--2,999--$3,005$9,011,6431Sony / Screen Gems
2Big Momma's House 2$4,059,365305%3,2610$1,245$36,119,9532Fox
3Nanny McPhee$2,382,234368%2,146151$1,110$19,120,9572Universal
4Brokeback Mountain$1,830,083125%2,089435$876$55,955,1679Focus
5Something New$1,787,028--1,265--$1,413$1,787,0281Focus
6Underworld: Evolution$1,661,010131%2,870-337$579$49,310,4383Sony / Screen Gems
7Hoodwinked$1,232,968390%2,907-113$424$40,022,1434The Weinstein Company
9Walk the Line$1,000,444217%1,577376$634$108,326,01712Fox
10Glory Road$953,113240%2,141-256$445$36,946,6214Disney