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 Sun, Apr. 9 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 9 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: The Meltdown$9,433,521-40%3,9695$2,377$115,750,4072Fox
2The Benchwarmers$4,312,990-49%3,274--$1,317$19,656,6291Sony / Columbia
3Take the Lead$2,935,287-40%3,009--$976$12,051,9531New Line
4Inside Man$2,150,507-50%2,86737$750$66,016,3573Universal
5Lucky Number Slevin$1,750,384-41%1,984--$882$7,032,0331MGM / Weinstein
6V for Vendetta$888,281-41%2,003-907$443$62,301,1124Warner Bros.
7ATL$863,909-47%1,6020$539$17,214,5732Warner Bros.
8Failure to Launch$835,334-58%2,616-458$319$79,147,3805Paramount
9Phat Girlz$807,284-40%1,060--$762$3,109,0901Fox Searchlight
10She's the Man$515,540-48%2,026-526$254$29,853,2894Paramount / DreamWorks