Grosses

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, Jan. 18 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 18 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$8,805,087-33%3,144--$2,801$31,832,5841Sony / Columbia
2Gran Torino$5,683,225-43%2,972164$1,912$72,976,9432Warner Bros.
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$5,356,242-30%2,534--$2,114$21,240,5921Lionsgate
4Hotel for Dogs$5,327,549-27%3,271--$1,629$17,011,3681Paramount / DreamWorks
5Notorious (2009)$4,667,237-38%1,638--$2,849$20,497,4241Fox Searchlight
6Bride Wars$3,199,255-32%3,2282$991$37,478,2652Fox
7Defiance (2008)$2,378,335-38%1,7891787$1,329$9,254,8993Paramount Vantage
8The Unborn (2009)$2,264,901-39%2,3592$960$32,580,7582Universal / Rogue
9Marley & Me$1,734,435-37%2,952-526$588$132,547,2474Fox
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,544,390-37%2,223-724$695$102,598,4684Paramount