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, Feb. 16 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Spiderwick Chronicles$8,057,18282%3,847--$2,094$14,866,7291Paramount
3Step Up 2 the Streets$7,307,73614%2,470--$2,959$20,292,4181Disney
4Fool's Gold$5,501,75542%3,1250$1,761$38,328,9812Warner Bros.
5Definitely, Maybe$3,945,55632%2,204--$1,790$10,063,8141Universal
6Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins$3,771,42668%2,3870$1,580$26,254,2182Universal
7Juno$1,952,22465%1,865-456$1,047$122,604,3678Fox Searchlight
8The Bucket List$1,812,08473%2,307-446$785$79,844,3566Warner Bros.
927 Dresses$1,329,72449%1,936-905$687$68,982,0805Fox
10The Eye (2008)$1,297,81840%2,129-341$610$25,371,6463Lionsgate