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, Dec. 29 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$12,673,8703%3,8320$3,307$113,338,1242Disney
2Alvin and the Chipmunks$10,507,6572%3,484-15$3,016$133,177,6893Fox
3I Am Legend$9,884,2286%3,63616$2,718$186,246,2563Warner Bros.
4Charlie Wilson's War$4,377,39411%2,5750$1,700$31,042,3542Universal
5Juno$3,686,37310%1,019715$3,618$22,408,3651Fox Searchlight
6Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem$3,569,2136%2,611--$1,367$23,778,4671Fox
7P.S. I Love You$3,272,2148%2,46410$1,328$20,603,8612Warner Bros.
8The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$3,257,1572%2,772--$1,175$14,047,1651Sony / Columbia
9Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,839,8827%1,2490$2,274$24,212,8272Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Great Debaters$2,314,65616%1,171--$1,977$11,555,5581MGM / Weinstein