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, Jan. 16 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bucket List$1,655,047-4%2,9112895$569$25,813,7111Warner Bros.
2Juno$1,041,6404%2,448523$426$73,919,9243Fox Searchlight
3National Treasure: Book of Secrets$642,082-8%3,377-385$190$189,174,4184Disney
4First Sunday$620,142-16%2,213--$280$20,014,5071Sony / Screen Gems
5I Am Legend$551,869-4%3,353-295$165$241,996,7335Warner Bros.
6P.S. I Love You$413,662-3%2,323-148$178$48,055,8384Warner Bros.
7Charlie Wilson's War$373,094-3%2,408-186$155$60,473,5794Universal
8Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$330,887-6%1,32374$250$45,098,0684Paramount / DreamWorks
9Alvin and the Chipmunks$322,392-6%3,384-78$95$188,988,8905Fox
10One Missed Call$254,139-5%2,2400$113$21,304,6362Warner Bros.