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 Wed, Oct. 8 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 8 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beverly Hills Chihuahua$1,235,0643%3,215--$384$33,093,2291Disney
2Eagle Eye$1,202,4541%3,5166$342$58,152,9512Paramount / DreamWorks
3Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$772,8366%2,421--$319$13,508,9391Sony / Columbia
4Nights in Rodanthe$711,7413%2,702-2$263$27,074,1332Warner Bros.
5Appaloosa$492,6304%1,0451031$471$7,057,4293Warner Bros. / New Line
6Burn After Reading$382,92414%2,397-252$160$52,714,5184Focus
7Lakeview Terrace$344,7874%2,574107$134$33,188,6053Sony / Screen Gems
8An American Carol$230,2348%1,639--$140$4,357,3251Vivendi
9My Best Friend's Girl$169,727-1%1,702-934$100$18,099,0453Lionsgate
10Flash of Genius$164,6926%1,098--$150$2,725,3491Universal