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, Mar. 18 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300$10,247,856-18%3,270167$3,134$129,165,6552Warner Bros.
2Wild Hogs$5,063,173-41%3,36064$1,507$104,226,5813Disney
3Premonition$4,098,909-42%2,831--$1,448$17,559,6381Sony / Columbia
4Dead Silence$1,931,107-36%1,805--$1,070$7,842,1401Universal
5I Think I Love My Wife$1,549,864-35%1,776--$873$5,674,8081Fox Searchlight
6Bridge to Terabithia$1,502,915-32%3,091-119$486$74,962,9505Disney
7Ghost Rider$1,115,864-39%2,824-523$395$110,383,4425Sony / Columbia
9The Number 23$880,77626%2,201-288$400$33,927,4914New Line
10Norbit$725,364-41%2,016-489$360$92,435,4966Paramount / DreamWorks