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 Fri, Jun. 5 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 5 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover$16,734,511--3,269--$5,119$16,734,5111Warner Bros.
3Land of the Lost$7,130,906--3,521--$2,025$7,130,9061Universal
4Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$4,619,860103%3,807-294$1,214$117,310,4083Fox
5Terminator Salvation$2,606,80082%3,304-298$789$99,928,7853Warner Bros.
6Drag Me to Hell$2,572,114121%2,5102$1,025$23,762,7972Universal
7Star Trek$2,480,565102%3,202-305$775$216,884,3545Paramount
8Angels & Demons$1,995,34687%2,925-539$682$111,622,4284Sony / Columbia
9My Life in Ruins$1,108,482--1,164--$952$1,108,4821Fox Searchlight
10Dance Flick$685,66671%1,707-752$402$21,353,4623Paramount