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, May. 14 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 14 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$7,104,953-32%4,0595$1,750$85,101,5522Paramount
2Poseidon$6,428,943-23%3,555--$1,808$22,157,7271Warner Bros.
3RV$3,642,033-8%3,536-115$1,030$43,269,5813Sony / Columbia
4Just My Luck$1,426,257-36%2,541--$561$5,692,2111Fox
5Ice Age: The Meltdown$1,177,453-12%1,879-547$627$187,569,9777Fox
6United 93$1,029,747-29%1,87152$550$25,554,9543Universal
7Akeelah and the Bee$935,0262%1,176-1019$795$14,009,3193Lionsgate
8An American Haunting$896,391-39%1,70328$526$10,817,7612Freestyle
9Hoot$811,460-9%3,0180$269$6,385,2842New Line
10Stick It$694,817-48%2,009-35$346$22,145,7783Disney