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, Aug. 1 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 1 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Funny People$7,352,223-15%3,007--$2,445$16,042,8121Universal
2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$6,755,16226%4,39368$1,538$249,894,5003Warner Bros.
4The Ugly Truth$4,785,0498%2,8820$1,660$50,716,3032Sony / Columbia
5Aliens in the Attic$2,823,097-3%3,106--$909$5,719,5261Fox
6Orphan$2,788,17613%2,7500$1,014$24,789,3352Warner Bros.
7The Hangover$2,072,57633%2,071-214$1,001$254,339,1809Warner Bros.
8Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$2,010,65319%2,757-543$729$180,236,7865Fox
9The Proposal$1,938,19420%2,435-344$796$147,594,9527Disney
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$1,822,86027%2,626-611$694$386,758,7716Paramount / DreamWorks