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, Dec. 30 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 30 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$13,738,1011%3,76883$3,646$106,339,5902Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$7,584,49011%2,8707$2,643$93,455,5043Sony / Columbia
3The Good Shepherd$4,291,95817%2,2183$1,935$32,015,4572Universal
4Rocky Balboa$4,259,59710%3,0192$1,411$45,503,7582MGM
5Charlotte's Web (2006)$4,255,879-8%3,74517$1,136$49,730,5633Paramount
7We Are Marshall$3,068,7547%2,6060$1,178$21,872,5462Warner Bros.
8Happy Feet$2,818,803-2%2,5650$1,099$174,008,4637Warner Bros.
9The Holiday$2,607,3358%2,69863$966$48,341,9644Sony / Columbia
10Blood Diamond$1,974,53919%1,9200$1,028$34,456,4004Warner Bros.