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, Dec. 26 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 26 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marley & Me$13,953,040-3%3,480--$4,009$28,333,0741Fox
2The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$10,144,222-15%2,988--$3,395$22,016,0121Paramount
3Bedtime Stories$10,129,378-4%3,681--$2,752$20,708,0441Disney
4Valkyrie$8,192,442-4%2,711--$3,022$16,685,7981MGM / United Artists
5Yes Man$5,930,4700%3,4340$1,727$39,073,9962Warner Bros.
6Seven Pounds$4,757,8500%2,7580$1,725$30,315,5222Sony / Columbia
7The Tale of Despereaux$3,169,59861%3,1073$1,020$21,731,4702Universal
8The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$2,787,7641%2,402-1158$1,161$58,569,8693Fox
9The Spirit$2,610,149-32%2,509--$1,040$6,453,1301Lionsgate
10Four Christmases$1,855,578-17%2,510-1005$739$108,606,8645Warner Bros. / New Line