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 Sun, Jun. 29 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Wanted (2008)$14,271,075-19%3,175--$4,495$50,926,5671Universal
3Get Smart$5,712,256-28%3,9154$1,459$77,479,6802Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda$3,650,050-21%3,670-383$995$179,277,3624Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Incredible Hulk$2,896,480-23%3,349-159$865$115,858,3163Universal
6Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$1,597,473-27%2,556-615$625$300,084,6946Paramount
7The Love Guru$1,508,611-23%3,0120$501$25,223,7052Paramount
8The Happening$1,189,506-22%2,483-503$479$59,120,3973Fox
9Sex and the City$1,161,751-21%1,755-687$662$140,171,4485Warner Bros. / New Line
10You Don't Mess with the Zohan$945,749-24%2,147-1131$440$91,189,1694Sony / Columbia