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, Oct. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beverly Hills Chihuahua$8,001,638--3,215--$2,489$8,001,6381Disney
2Eagle Eye$5,439,805252%3,5166$1,547$42,345,2712Paramount / DreamWorks
3Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$4,401,898--2,421--$1,818$4,401,8981Sony / Columbia
4Nights in Rodanthe$2,426,384161%2,702-2$898$20,147,1722Warner Bros.
5Appaloosa$1,651,08411813%1,0451031$1,580$2,203,5163Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lakeview Terrace$1,352,777221%2,574107$526$28,991,7103Sony / Screen Gems
7Burn After Reading$1,262,403213%2,397-252$527$48,821,0784Focus
8An American Carol$1,221,918--1,639--$746$1,221,9181Vivendi
9Flash of Genius$719,699--1,098--$655$719,6991Universal
10Blindness (2008)$672,569--1,690--$398$672,5691Miramax