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, May. 10 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 10 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek$21,061,953-23%3,849--$5,472$79,204,8211Paramount
2X-Men Origins: Wolverine$6,859,111-39%4,1023$1,672$129,032,5132Fox
3Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$3,115,799-22%3,1750$981$30,055,0112Warner Bros. / New Line
4Obsessed$1,772,972-35%2,60288$681$56,205,9573Sony / Screen Gems
5The Soloist$1,384,614-12%2,09057$662$23,844,6833Paramount / DreamWorks
6Next Day Air$1,192,403-21%1,138--$1,048$4,111,1871Summit
717 Again$1,163,633-35%2,903-352$401$53,998,6854Warner Bros. / New Line
8Monsters vs. Aliens$1,129,875-22%2,185-441$517$186,781,3077Paramount / DreamWorks
9Earth (2009)$1,022,9416%1,794-10$570$26,261,8023Disneynature
10Hannah Montana: The Movie$578,526-43%2,301-518$251$73,858,0585Disney