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 Mon, Oct. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beverly Hills Chihuahua$2,823,938-48%3,2183$878$55,357,5852Disney
2Body of Lies$1,634,591-52%2,710--$603$14,519,1641Warner Bros.
3Quarantine$1,481,118-58%2,461--$602$15,691,7811Sony / Screen Gems
4Eagle Eye$1,397,863-53%3,61498$387$71,807,9963Paramount / DreamWorks
5Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$764,952-52%2,4210$316$21,495,8982Sony / Columbia
6The Express$575,792-49%2,808--$205$5,136,6901Universal
7Nights in Rodanthe$572,358-53%2,575-127$222$32,870,8773Warner Bros.
8City of Ember$471,258-47%2,022--$233$3,601,0311Fox
9Appaloosa$454,966-51%1,290245$353$11,321,8764Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Duchess$452,145-51%1,2071080$375$6,055,6904Paramount Vantage