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 Sun, Jan. 28 2007

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#TitleSun, Jan. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Epic Movie$4,065,459-47%2,801--$1,451$18,613,0941Fox
2Smokin' Aces$4,025,011-27%2,218--$1,815$14,637,7991Universal
3Night at the Museum$2,713,542-41%3,241-242$837$216,847,1626Fox
4Stomp the Yard$1,897,655-48%2,11564$897$50,540,3933Sony / Screen Gems
5Dreamgirls$1,825,599-42%2,785571$656$86,779,6855Paramount / DreamWorks
6Catch and Release$1,710,814-47%1,622--$1,055$7,658,7051Sony / Columbia
7The Pursuit of Happyness$1,292,531-45%2,688-378$481$152,929,2727Sony / Columbia
8The Queen$1,158,798-36%1,830244$633$41,198,74318Miramax
9The Departed$980,618-39%1,4531326$675$125,244,97317Warner Bros.
10The Hitcher (2007)$917,859-44%2,8365$324$13,437,3652Rogue