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. 21 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 21 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lakeview Terrace$3,369,734-48%2,464--$1,368$15,004,2831Sony / Screen Gems
2Burn After Reading$2,545,766-49%2,6576$958$36,136,7182Focus
4My Best Friend's Girl$1,921,224-41%2,604--$738$8,266,0631Lionsgate
5Righteous Kill$1,803,440-45%3,1520$572$28,534,6562Overture
6Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$1,676,904-52%2,0700$810$28,129,4412Lionsgate
7The Women (2008)$1,387,413-37%2,99533$463$19,321,4092Picturehouse
8Ghost Town (2008)$1,208,317-47%1,505--$803$5,012,4551Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Dark Knight$720,014-48%1,905-286$378$521,904,87810Warner Bros.
10Tropic Thunder$625,462-47%2,333-594$268$106,803,4156Paramount / DreamWorks