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, Dec. 22 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 22 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$12,134,824--3,685--$3,293$12,134,8241Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$5,355,23767%2,86311$1,870$43,641,5282Sony / Columbia
3Rocky Balboa$4,981,76743%3,017--$1,651$14,675,8401MGM
4The Good Shepherd$3,521,279--2,215--$1,590$3,521,2791Universal
5Charlotte's Web (2006)$3,092,90332%3,728162$830$21,902,9182Paramount
7We Are Marshall$2,661,770--2,606--$1,021$2,661,7701Warner Bros.
8The Holiday$1,836,59831%2,63521$697$31,930,4773Sony / Columbia
9Happy Feet$1,835,48719%2,565-770$716$155,799,2986Warner Bros.
10The Nativity Story$1,467,45623%1,824-750$805$28,161,5614New Line