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, Feb. 2 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 2 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Messengers$6,084,833--2,528--$2,407$6,084,8331Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$4,686,778--2,526--$1,855$4,686,7781Universal
3Epic Movie$2,742,447366%2,84039$966$23,886,4982Fox
4Smokin' Aces$2,196,003145%2,2191$990$20,826,4312Universal
5Night at the Museum$1,686,158281%3,003-238$561$220,303,3827Fox
6Stomp the Yard$1,233,515296%2,16954$569$53,036,9064Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$1,160,855152%2,79712$415$89,912,6416Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$1,136,178208%1,082259$1,050$19,165,7736Picturehouse
9Catch and Release$927,652143%1,6220$572$10,238,0982Sony / Columbia
10The Pursuit of Happyness$925,315176%2,233-455$414$155,175,9388Sony / Columbia