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. 12 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 12 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover$10,310,22269%3,35586$3,073$82,285,6462Warner Bros.
3The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3$8,234,586--3,074--$2,679$8,234,5861Sony / Columbia
4Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$2,963,66263%3,365-442$881$136,810,4084Fox
5Land of the Lost$2,915,10574%3,53413$825$28,745,6792Universal
6Imagine That$1,837,488--3,008--$611$1,837,4881Paramount
7Star Trek$1,547,70862%2,638-564$587$227,976,7446Paramount
8Terminator Salvation$1,427,46265%2,650-654$539$110,566,7854Warner Bros.
9Drag Me to Hell$1,375,98386%2,273-237$605$32,656,9123Universal
10Angels & Demons$1,201,97465%2,436-489$493$120,304,5615Sony / Columbia