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, Aug. 24 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$4,950,265-24%3,35233$1,477$65,839,4592Paramount / DreamWorks
2Death Race$3,543,287-20%2,532--$1,399$12,620,6961Universal
3The House Bunny$3,386,815-35%2,714--$1,248$14,534,5651Sony / Columbia
4The Dark Knight$3,077,996-31%3,163-427$973$489,426,5976Warner Bros.
5Pineapple Express$1,695,997-19%2,620-452$647$73,778,2303Sony / Columbia
6Star Wars: The Clone Wars$1,688,136-29%3,4520$489$24,998,9382Warner Bros.
8Mamma Mia!$1,231,664-30%2,326-445$530$124,468,1346Universal
9The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$1,198,413-33%2,422-941$495$93,920,3664Universal
10The Longshots$1,012,505-42%2,089--$485$4,080,5201MGM / Weinstein