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, May. 5 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 5 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$16,632,858--4,054--$4,103$16,632,8581Paramount
2RV$2,886,224244%3,65112$791$22,792,3602Sony / Columbia
3An American Haunting$1,987,497--1,675--$1,187$1,987,4971Freestyle
4Stick It$1,877,474368%2,0446$919$14,331,4402Disney
5United 93$1,500,021104%1,81924$825$16,343,1592Universal
6Silent Hill$1,185,258102%2,556-376$464$38,091,4173Sony / Columbia
7Scary Movie 4$1,094,939153%2,537-881$432$81,049,4984Weinstein / Dimension
8Hoot$983,815--3,018--$326$983,8151New Line
9Ice Age: The Meltdown$943,993177%2,426-696$389$180,216,8456Fox
10Akeelah and the Bee$884,441186%2,1950$403$8,148,8592Lionsgate