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 Sat, Sep. 1 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Halloween (2007)$8,554,614-21%3,472--$2,464$19,451,3291MGM / Weinstein
2Superbad$4,260,39123%3,00254$1,419$84,562,4723Sony / Columbia
3Balls of Fury$4,131,80020%3,052--$1,354$10,523,9831Rogue
4The Bourne Ultimatum$3,832,05847%3,290-389$1,165$195,853,2845Universal
5Rush Hour 3$3,297,14957%3,008-400$1,096$117,262,4914New Line
6Mr. Bean's Holiday$2,241,52444%1,76551$1,270$16,797,2332Universal
7The Nanny Diaries$1,922,59336%2,6367$729$13,488,5832MGM / Weinstein
8Death Sentence$1,450,0306%1,822--$796$2,819,1351Fox