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, Jan. 5 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 5 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$7,106,535108%3,730-38$1,905$147,207,6063Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$4,143,162118%3,027157$1,369$115,296,8844Sony / Columbia
3Children of Men$3,572,1683337%1,2091193$2,955$5,179,3681Universal
4Freedom Writers$3,402,096--1,360--$2,502$3,402,0961Paramount
5Happily N'Ever After$2,114,389--2,381--$888$2,114,3891Lionsgate
6The Good Shepherd$2,013,32993%2,25032$895$43,910,2243Universal
7Rocky Balboa$1,938,70597%3,018-1$642$56,565,4083MGM
8Charlotte's Web (2006)$1,869,51547%3,303-442$566$62,236,4854Paramount
9We Are Marshall$1,696,844110%2,502-104$678$30,888,8263Warner Bros.
10Code Name: The Cleaner$1,464,250--1,736--$843$1,464,2501New Line