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, Apr. 19 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 19 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
117 Again$5,170,151-43%3,255--$1,588$23,723,1701Warner Bros. / New Line
2Monsters vs. Aliens$4,129,938-26%3,662-474$1,128$163,067,6244Paramount / DreamWorks
3Hannah Montana: The Movie$3,785,837-32%3,1180$1,214$56,872,8772Disney
4State of Play$3,587,474-39%2,803--$1,280$14,071,6301Universal
5Fast & Furious$2,957,771-40%3,674202$805$136,205,0873Universal
6Crank: High Voltage$1,804,966-27%2,223--$812$6,964,1851Lionsgate
7Observe and Report$1,168,391-26%2,7270$428$18,814,7062Warner Bros.
9I Love You, Man$865,348-37%2,202-441$393$64,613,4995Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Haunting in Connecticut$687,969-49%2,255-466$305$51,885,5164Lionsgate