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 Wed, May. 6 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 6 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men Origins: Wolverine$4,011,372-13%4,099--$979$99,152,5411Fox
2Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,118,886-4%3,175--$352$18,741,5261Warner Bros. / New Line
3Obsessed$655,375-12%2,5140$261$49,016,0602Sony / Screen Gems
4The Soloist$442,254-4%2,0339$218$19,489,6982Paramount / DreamWorks
5Earth (2009)$401,0100%1,8040$222$23,160,6322Disneynature
617 Again$312,481-9%3,2550$96$49,471,1623Warner Bros. / New Line
7State of Play$292,541-4%2,445-362$120$31,811,1063Universal
8Monsters vs. Aliens$290,302-1%2,626-732$111$183,296,5676Paramount / DreamWorks
9Fighting$277,653-4%2,3123$120$18,198,9202Universal / Rogue
10Fast & Furious$190,0110%2,547-1019$75$150,374,7145Universal