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, Mar. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Race to Witch Mountain$6,769,515-38%3,187--$2,124$24,402,7501Disney
2Watchmen$4,969,670-34%3,6110$1,376$85,752,5902Warner Bros.
3The Last House on the Left (2009)$3,170,829-40%2,401--$1,321$14,120,1011Universal / Rogue
5Slumdog Millionaire$1,291,128-45%2,578-312$501$132,602,75918Fox Searchlight
6Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail$1,204,387-50%2,20352$547$83,188,7244Lionsgate
8Paul Blart: Mall Cop$794,091-46%2,281-277$348$137,788,2239Sony / Columbia
9He's Just Not That Into You$723,066-44%1,890-555$383$89,040,8176Warner Bros. / New Line
10Miss March$624,255-31%1,742--$358$2,409,8541Fox Searchlight