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, Nov. 25 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 25 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Happy Feet$13,928,651-9%3,8040$3,662$91,471,9992Warner Bros.
2Casino Royale (2006)$11,687,798-10%3,4439$3,395$87,890,6692Sony / Columbia
3Deja Vu (2006)$8,139,828-1%3,108--$2,619$24,455,2731Disney
4Deck the Halls$4,724,548-6%3,205--$1,474$14,642,3821Fox
5Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$3,972,698-10%2,552-59$1,557$107,201,0854Fox
6The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$3,895,905-4%3,043-316$1,280$65,079,1084Disney
7Stranger Than Fiction$2,261,935-8%2,258-12$1,002$31,491,7833Sony / Columbia
8Flushed Away$2,196,784-4%2,621-686$838$56,003,5814Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bobby$1,896,4140%1,6671665$1,138$5,038,9662MGM / Weinstein
10The Fountain$1,418,211-5%1,472--$963$4,602,8401Warner Bros.