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 Sat, Jul. 4 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 4 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$11,322,028-34%4,099--$2,762$53,562,7201Fox
2Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$10,688,915-41%4,2340$2,525$279,714,9902Paramount / DreamWorks
3Public Enemies$6,834,850-33%3,334--$2,050$31,873,1971Universal
4The Proposal$3,580,809-31%3,09941$1,155$90,253,9283Disney
5The Hangover$2,813,470-37%3,070-455$916$201,078,9205Warner Bros.
7My Sister's Keeper$1,340,133-45%2,6060$514$24,520,3942Warner Bros.
8The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3$789,300-17%1,908-1087$414$57,711,5514Sony / Columbia
9Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$572,944-35%1,419-831$404$167,115,4877Fox
10Year One$554,816-41%2,240-784$248$37,472,4273Sony / Columbia