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 Thu, Mar. 27 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$3,109,5775%3,9617$785$99,846,7372Fox
2Drillbit Taylor$1,007,8095%3,056--$330$14,772,1741Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns$930,941-7%2,006--$464$25,068,6381Lionsgate
410,000 B.C.$807,031-1%3,45444$234$80,043,1093Warner Bros.
5Shutter (2008)$713,9851%2,753--$259$13,779,0111Fox
6College Road Trip$646,83611%2,575-131$251$34,866,0683Disney
7Never Back Down$473,2384%2,7290$173$18,888,4182Summit
8The Bank Job$427,442-1%1,6130$265$21,305,8633Lionsgate
9Vantage Point$397,1134%2,124-637$187$66,949,0735Sony / Columbia
10The Other Boleyn Girl$283,1507%1,188-24$238$23,661,0004Sony / Columbia