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, Aug. 2 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 2 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Funny People$6,615,789-10%3,007--$2,200$22,658,6011Universal
2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$5,778,714-14%4,39368$1,315$255,673,2143Warner Bros.
4The Ugly Truth$3,952,529-17%2,8820$1,371$54,668,8322Sony / Columbia
5Aliens in the Attic$2,287,616-19%3,106--$737$8,007,1421Fox
6Orphan$2,278,826-18%2,7500$829$27,068,1612Warner Bros.
7Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$1,830,619-9%2,757-543$664$182,067,4055Fox
8The Hangover$1,560,448-25%2,071-214$753$255,899,6289Warner Bros.
9Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$1,435,049-21%2,626-611$546$388,193,8206Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Proposal$1,371,774-29%2,435-344$563$148,966,7267Disney