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, May. 2 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man$35,234,488907%4,105--$8,583$38,735,1191Paramount
2Made of Honor$5,554,259--2,729--$2,035$5,554,2591Sony / Columbia
3Baby Mama$3,477,226230%2,5485$1,365$25,474,5582Universal
4Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$2,098,527136%2,54535$825$21,355,1012Warner Bros. / New Line
5Forgetting Sarah Marshall$1,952,345149%2,87273$680$40,625,3893Universal
6The Forbidden Kingdom$1,179,862114%2,960-191$399$42,105,7883Lionsgate
7Prom Night (2008)$871,289398%2,434-387$358$39,816,4094Sony / Screen Gems
821$647,165149%2,242-710$289$77,602,2956Sony / Columbia
9Nim's Island$646,302272%2,478-499$261$40,436,0215Fox
1088 Minutes$449,80577%1,765-403$255$14,275,8953Sony / Columbia