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. 30 2006

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#TitleSun, Apr. 30 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RV$4,448,333-40%3,639--$1,222$16,414,6411Sony / Columbia
2United 93$2,996,051-37%1,795--$1,669$11,477,0711Universal
3Silent Hill$2,405,472-39%2,9326$820$34,267,8852Sony / Columbia
4Stick It$2,257,824-49%2,038--$1,108$10,803,0051Disney
5Ice Age: The Meltdown$2,164,782-35%3,122-418$693$177,861,8295Fox
6The Sentinel$1,887,327-48%2,85132$662$25,726,1272Fox
7Scary Movie 4$1,847,170-48%3,418-256$540$78,167,2773Weinstein / Dimension
8Akeelah and the Bee$1,650,670-38%2,195--$752$6,012,1061Lionsgate
9The Wild$1,583,174-28%2,605-249$608$28,510,8913Disney
10The Benchwarmers$1,090,357-46%2,695-399$405$52,764,4134Sony / Columbia