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, Apr. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: The Meltdown$27,950,80728%3,964--$7,051$49,739,0961Fox
2Inside Man$6,792,76840%2,83012$2,400$48,731,4952Universal
3ATL$4,761,4764%1,602--$2,972$9,327,7631Warner Bros.
4Failure to Launch$2,882,06530%3,074-128$938$71,727,3964Paramount
5V for Vendetta$2,662,98130%2,910-455$915$55,086,0003Warner Bros.
6Stay Alive$1,961,34318%2,0090$976$16,402,0062Disney
7She's the Man$1,925,25126%2,552-79$754$25,648,6563Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Shaggy Dog (2006)$1,481,16658%2,929-492$506$52,731,9064Disney
10Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector$1,457,79037%1,74737$834$10,822,7922Lionsgate