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 Sat, Aug. 26 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 26 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Invincible (2006)$6,736,35225%2,917--$2,309$12,136,6131Disney
2Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$3,349,96838%3,370-371$994$125,460,4924Sony / Columbia
3Little Miss Sunshine$3,129,12251%1,430739$2,188$20,729,5765Fox Searchlight
4World Trade Center$2,683,35950%3,02123$888$53,645,6103Paramount
5Step Up$2,520,85025%2,6478$952$48,777,4883Disney
6Snakes on a Plane$2,518,54839%3,5550$708$24,492,3142New Line
8Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$2,319,64661%3,003-224$772$53,042,7554Paramount
9Beerfest$2,217,605-16%2,964--$748$4,853,4331Warner Bros.
10Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$1,684,10059%1,701-576$990$406,310,1768Disney