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, May. 10 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 10 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man$21,374,39544%4,1116$5,199$162,883,8072Paramount
2What Happens in Vegas$7,521,6945%3,215--$2,340$14,693,1741Fox
3Speed Racer$7,332,27918%3,606--$2,033$13,524,3831Warner Bros.
4Made of Honor$2,953,54123%2,7345$1,080$24,023,9732Sony / Columbia
5Baby Mama$2,390,65526%2,62779$910$38,892,4883Universal
6Forgetting Sarah Marshall$1,568,77832%2,376-496$660$49,701,1114Universal
7Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$1,258,75218%2,264-281$556$29,884,2013Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Forbidden Kingdom$864,73560%1,724-1236$502$47,769,1414Lionsgate
9Nim's Island$548,27679%1,601-877$342$43,781,3986Fox
10Prom Night (2008)$445,13619%1,465-969$304$42,587,1025Sony / Screen Gems