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 Thu, Aug. 7 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pineapple Express$5,988,376-50%3,072--$1,949$18,073,9550Sony / Columbia
2The Dark Knight$4,734,962-7%4,128-178$1,147$415,516,8653Warner Bros.
3The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$3,211,488-44%2,667--$1,204$8,942,3730Warner Bros.
4The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$2,857,681-12%3,760--$760$54,559,3471Universal
5Mamma Mia!$1,989,863-7%3,06272$650$95,936,5563Universal
6Step Brothers$1,660,976-13%3,10915$534$72,000,2052Sony / Columbia
7Journey to the Center of the Earth$901,598-13%2,075-613$435$76,909,0184Warner Bros. / New Line
9Swing Vote$552,371-13%2,213--$250$8,895,1931Disney
10Hancock$528,359-10%2,412-897$219$218,410,4555Sony / Columbia