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, Feb. 18 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 18 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Eight Below$8,414,36265%3,066--$2,744$13,508,0151Disney
2Date Movie$7,097,7994%2,896--$2,451$13,937,0501Fox
3The Pink Panther (2006)$7,094,87674%3,4770$2,041$36,864,6802Sony / Columbia
4Curious George$5,105,703107%2,5726$1,985$25,731,2052Universal
5Final Destination 3$4,062,10542%2,8800$1,410$32,644,7982New Line
6Firewall$3,909,05966%2,8400$1,376$24,582,2752Warner Bros.
7Freedomland$2,376,68031%2,361--$1,007$4,190,1021Sony / Columbia
8When a Stranger Calls (2006)$2,049,16036%2,629-375$779$39,828,3803Sony / Screen Gems
9Big Momma's House 2$2,009,47682%2,039-694$986$59,997,8634Fox
10Nanny McPhee$1,580,87184%2,001-147$790$36,588,7884Universal