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 Fri, Mar. 7 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 7 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
110,000 B.C.$12,506,807--3,410--$3,668$12,506,8071Warner Bros.
2College Road Trip$3,536,954--2,706--$1,307$3,536,9541Disney
3Vantage Point$2,218,961168%3,16313$702$46,400,5493Sony / Columbia
4Semi-Pro$1,850,144120%3,1210$593$20,789,9142New Line
5The Bank Job$1,745,956--1,603--$1,089$1,745,9561Lionsgate
6The Other Boleyn Girl$1,246,291106%1,1671$1,068$11,858,9292Sony / Columbia
8The Spiderwick Chronicles$1,091,963147%3,246-408$336$58,012,8464Paramount
9Step Up 2 the Streets$1,008,206205%2,251-277$448$50,963,0014Disney
10Fool's Gold$862,128170%2,322-523$371$60,883,0705Warner Bros.