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, Oct. 19 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 19 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Max Payne$4,088,999-37%3,376--$1,211$17,639,6471Fox
2Beverly Hills Chihuahua$3,293,915-35%3,23921$1,017$69,284,4123Disney
4The Secret Life of Bees$2,572,947-41%1,591--$1,617$10,528,3031Fox Searchlight
5Body of Lies$1,672,709-43%2,7144$616$24,425,8652Warner Bros.
6Eagle Eye$1,664,252-47%3,326-288$500$81,021,8274Paramount / DreamWorks
7Quarantine$1,486,873-43%2,4632$604$24,471,0182Sony / Screen Gems
8Sex Drive$928,215-32%2,421--$383$3,605,8991Summit
9Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$804,752-50%2,241-180$359$26,502,2023Sony / Columbia
10Nights in Rodanthe$622,177-46%2,115-460$294$36,871,7614Warner Bros.