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, Jan. 13 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 13 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stomp the Yard$8,541,97518%2,051--$4,165$15,752,1711Sony / Screen Gems
2Night at the Museum$7,443,04478%3,612-118$2,061$180,272,7204Fox
3The Pursuit of Happyness$3,716,93546%3,169142$1,173$133,638,2075Sony / Columbia
4Dreamgirls$3,481,32259%1,9071055$1,826$62,519,6423Paramount / DreamWorks
5Freedom Writers$2,915,59435%2,179819$1,338$16,406,5532Paramount
6Children of Men$2,571,77136%1,508299$1,705$19,431,5312Universal
8Alpha Dog$2,171,089-7%1,289--$1,684$4,510,8371Universal
9Arthur and the Invisibles$1,876,47799%2,247--$835$2,819,0803MGM (Weinstein)
10Charlotte's Web (2006)$1,675,078116%2,513-790$667$70,834,0365Paramount