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, Apr. 25 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Baby Mama$6,357,855--2,543--$2,500$6,357,8551Universal
2Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$5,973,509--2,510--$2,380$5,973,5091Warner Bros. / New Line
3Forgetting Sarah Marshall$3,442,576130%2,7991$1,230$27,506,6992Universal
4The Forbidden Kingdom$3,224,992163%3,1510$1,023$30,249,7752Lionsgate
5Prom Night (2008)$1,680,089337%2,821121$596$35,392,4423Sony / Screen Gems
621$1,283,555194%2,95249$435$73,057,8895Sony / Columbia
7Nim's Island$1,181,776208%2,977-300$397$35,607,7914Fox
888 Minutes$1,025,713120%2,1680$473$10,059,1382Sony / Columbia
9Deception (2008)$764,270--2,001--$382$764,2701Fox
10Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$640,669130%2,159-511$297$146,107,8467Fox