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. 19 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 19 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stomp the Yard$3,701,387353%2,0510$1,805$31,965,6782Sony / Screen Gems
2Night at the Museum$3,097,422315%3,483-129$889$195,941,1525Fox
3The Hitcher (2007)$2,797,111--2,831--$988$2,797,1111Rogue
4Dreamgirls$2,281,505196%2,214307$1,030$71,691,8324Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Pursuit of Happyness$1,891,886229%3,066-103$617$141,701,9256Sony / Columbia
6Freedom Writers$1,652,482318%2,286107$723$22,969,4593Paramount
7Children of Men$1,120,963161%1,52416$736$24,902,1853Universal
8Alpha Dog$975,514137%1,2923$755$9,770,5042Universal
9The Queen$954,678641%1,5861242$602$33,049,98917Miramax
10Arthur and the Invisibles$651,060355%2,2481$290$6,839,8614MGM (Weinstein)