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, Mar. 24 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 24 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Man$9,440,663--2,818--$3,350$9,440,6631Universal
2Stay Alive$4,172,965--2,009--$2,077$4,172,9651Disney
3V for Vendetta$3,859,036104%3,3650$1,147$37,727,9952Warner Bros.
4Failure to Launch$3,417,087165%3,20285$1,067$56,494,9773Paramount
5Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector$2,377,084--1,710--$1,390$2,377,0841Lionsgate
6She's the Man$2,355,854283%2,6318$895$15,405,4982Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Shaggy Dog (2006)$2,277,879179%3,421-80$666$41,065,7363Disney
8The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$1,395,191131%2,461-160$567$32,726,7433Fox Searchlight
9Eight Below$748,863107%2,101-502$356$75,171,7306Disney
1016 Blocks$636,87451%2,066-600$308$32,482,0704Warner Bros.