Grosses

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 Mon, Oct. 12 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 12 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Couples Retreat$4,006,501-52%3,000--$1,336$38,295,0231Universal
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$2,575,130-23%2,99215$861$98,351,5884Sony / Columbia
3Zombieland$1,933,298-52%3,0382$636$49,534,6822Sony / Columbia
4Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$1,314,694-46%1,7527$750$24,080,5892Disney
5Surrogates$590,708-50%2,99241$197$33,316,7173Disney
6The Invention of Lying$458,501-45%1,74336$263$12,754,1222Warner Bros.
7Whip It$391,753-48%1,73817$225$9,188,3652Fox Searchlight
8Fame (2009)$385,415-43%3,110-23$124$20,414,7913MGM
9The Informant!$314,994-42%2,202-223$143$30,166,0344Warner Bros.
10Love Happens$189,568-47%1,894-28$100$21,442,7314Universal