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, Jul. 25 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 25 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$23,232,32341%4,3660$5,321$261,848,9222Warner Bros.
2Step Brothers$11,847,130--3,094--$3,829$11,847,1301Sony / Columbia
3Mamma Mia!$5,561,29831%2,99014$1,860$50,410,6102Universal
4The X-Files: I Want to Believe$3,993,033--3,185--$1,254$3,993,0331Fox
5Journey to the Center of the Earth$2,752,24744%2,688-142$1,024$53,525,6163Warner Bros. / New Line
6Hancock$2,635,89164%3,309-467$797$200,806,2914Sony / Columbia
8Hellboy II: The Golden Army$1,508,74345%3,018-194$500$62,468,7013Universal
9Space Chimps$1,441,57425%2,53827$568$13,073,1342Fox
10Wanted (2008)$831,80332%1,750-683$475$126,720,6455Universal