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, Aug. 28 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 28 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$10,846,369--3,121--$3,475$10,846,3691Warner Bros. / New Line
2Halloween II (2009)$7,626,454--3,025--$2,521$7,626,4541Weinstein / Dimension
3Inglourious Basterds$5,844,48285%3,1650$1,847$59,562,4422Weinstein Company
4District 9$2,966,26186%3,180130$933$83,079,7413Sony / TriStar
5G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$2,262,602148%3,467-486$653$126,698,1944Paramount
6The Time Traveler's Wife$2,109,195117%2,961-27$712$43,558,8033Warner Bros. / New Line
7Julie & Julia$2,084,47388%2,50340$833$65,682,2874Sony / Columbia
8Shorts$1,259,780156%3,1050$406$9,954,6462Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$1,187,20913321%1,393--$852$1,207,6651Focus Features