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, Oct. 13 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$8,790,91619%2,011--$4,371$16,208,9571Lionsgate
2The Game Plan$5,131,47868%3,12823$1,640$56,119,7193Disney
3Michael Clayton$4,667,96341%2,5112496$1,859$9,047,2222Warner Bros.
4We Own the Night$4,342,70415%2,362--$1,839$8,134,3331Sony / Columbia
5The Heartbreak Kid$3,151,26938%3,2334$975$24,015,5132Paramount / DreamWorks
6Elizabeth: The Golden Age$2,481,64118%2,001--$1,240$4,593,4781Universal
7The Kingdom$2,041,08849%2,83634$720$38,805,7993Universal
8Resident Evil: Extinction$1,155,85956%2,249-599$514$47,315,0114Sony / Screen Gems
9The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising$981,53064%3,17332$309$6,533,5732Fox
10Good Luck Chuck$900,24347%1,951-525$461$32,237,1864Lionsgate