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, Jul. 19 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 19 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$47,650,164-29%4,366--$10,914$114,815,6491Warner Bros.
2Mamma Mia!$9,850,2640%2,976--$3,310$19,715,6621Universal
3Hancock$5,452,82120%3,776-189$1,444$187,514,7633Sony / Columbia
4Journey to the Center of the Earth$4,807,23132%2,83019$1,699$39,625,3502Warner Bros. / New Line
6Hellboy II: The Golden Army$3,709,30113%3,2128$1,155$53,394,9892Universal
7Space Chimps$2,657,9667%2,511--$1,059$5,150,6531Fox
8Wanted (2008)$1,934,53221%2,433-724$795$121,779,2204Universal
9Get Smart$1,640,05218%2,135-951$768$118,518,0365Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda$725,77739%1,505-1199$482$206,003,5887Paramount / DreamWorks