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, Sep. 14 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 14 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burn After Reading$4,735,557-40%2,651--$1,786$19,127,9111Focus
2Righteous Kill$3,996,668-38%3,152--$1,268$16,287,9441Overture
3Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$3,880,093-46%2,070--$1,874$17,381,5781Lionsgate
4The Women (2008)$2,605,697-33%2,962--$880$10,115,8761Picturehouse
5Tropic Thunder$1,063,802-44%2,927-519$363$102,971,7315Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Dark Knight$1,060,703-46%2,191-384$484$517,807,2969Warner Bros.
7The House Bunny$935,711-51%2,76327$339$38,958,3884Sony / Columbia
8Bangkok Dangerous$785,407-26%2,6544$296$12,724,2792Lionsgate
9Death Race$582,924-35%2,007-579$290$33,232,1624Universal