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, Dec. 26 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$12,441,872-9%3,832--$3,247$77,885,9101Disney
2I Am Legend$8,721,356-11%3,62014$2,409$159,673,2502Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$8,377,12539%3,49924$2,394$102,850,3032Fox
4Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem$4,372,482-54%2,563--$1,706$13,887,9740Fox
5Charlie Wilson's War$3,720,627-14%2,575--$1,445$19,673,1681Universal
6Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,747,403-13%1,249--$2,200$16,383,5911Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,546,4127%2,772--$919$4,931,8030Sony / Columbia
8P.S. I Love You$2,541,85622%2,454--$1,036$11,825,3091Warner Bros.
9The Great Debaters$2,036,044-44%1,164--$1,749$5,675,1320MGM / Weinstein