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 Wed, Aug. 1 2007

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#TitleWed, Aug. 1 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Simpsons Movie$6,406,550-15%3,922--$1,633$97,224,3471Fox
2Hairspray (2007)$2,440,304-8%3,1210$782$67,252,7762New Line
3I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry$2,240,902-8%3,5016$640$79,001,1432Universal
4Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$2,166,809-6%4,005-280$541$249,358,1023Warner Bros.
5No Reservations$1,428,786-7%2,425--$589$16,129,8011Warner Bros.
6Transformers$1,359,147-4%3,349-413$406$288,974,1644Paramount / DreamWorks
8Live Free or Die Hard$646,432-3%2,271-456$285$127,401,9515Fox
9I Know Who Killed Me$356,868-11%1,320--$270$4,734,2871Sony / Columbia
10Who's Your Caddy?$228,273-6%1,019--$224$3,498,1821MGM / Weinstein