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 Thu, Apr. 30 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 30 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Obsessed$1,327,667-2%2,514--$528$34,802,6301Sony / Screen Gems
2Earth (2009)$778,7933%1,8040$432$17,663,3761Disneynature
3The Soloist$665,217-1%2,024--$329$12,508,8531Paramount / DreamWorks
417 Again$574,0683%3,2550$176$42,144,8342Warner Bros. / New Line
5State of Play$504,857-8%2,8074$180$27,229,5862Universal
6Fighting$473,561-9%2,309--$205$13,332,7321Universal / Rogue
7Monsters vs. Aliens$446,3866%3,358-304$133$176,609,1075Paramount / DreamWorks
8Fast & Furious$391,293-4%3,566-108$110$147,039,2294Universal
9Hannah Montana: The Movie$289,2517%3,231113$90$66,779,5533Disney
10Crank: High Voltage$237,048-9%2,2230$107$12,805,4412Lionsgate