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, Aug. 13 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 13 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$6,221,598-28%3,8074$1,634$90,341,2732Sony / Columbia
2World Trade Center$5,618,575-23%2,957--$1,900$26,531,6791Paramount
3Step Up$4,966,877-29%2,467--$2,013$20,659,3411Disney
4Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$2,837,369-27%3,3110$857$33,717,4592Paramount
5Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$2,100,769-31%2,941-495$714$392,431,7796Disney
6Pulse (2006)$1,884,897-34%2,323--$811$8,205,7821Weinstein / Dimension
7The Descent$1,429,834-17%2,0950$682$17,543,3212Lionsgate
8Miami Vice$1,409,906-26%2,659-367$530$55,271,8563Universal
9Zoom$1,200,939-31%2,501--$480$4,510,1331Sony / Columbia
10Monster House$984,208-26%2,434-595$404$63,665,5964Sony / Columbia