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 Sun, Jan. 13 2008

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#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bucket List$4,735,274-43%2,9112895$1,627$20,816,7901Warner Bros.
2First Sunday$3,883,955-49%2,213--$1,755$17,715,1071Sony / Screen Gems
3Juno$3,193,433-45%2,448523$1,305$70,863,3003Fox Searchlight
4Alvin and the Chipmunks$2,933,362-33%3,384-78$867$187,938,6155Fox
5National Treasure: Book of Secrets$2,862,948-45%3,377-385$848$187,116,8604Disney
6I Am Legend$1,941,599-47%3,353-295$579$240,284,1055Warner Bros.
7The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything$1,189,770-39%1,337--$890$4,250,8991Universal
8One Missed Call$1,146,226-58%2,2400$512$20,493,9022Warner Bros.
9P.S. I Love You$1,120,325-46%2,323-148$482$46,831,8294Warner Bros.
10The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$1,057,607-32%2,506-271$422$35,203,3753Sony / Columbia