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 Tue, Oct. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Law Abiding Citizen$1,801,1956%2,890--$623$24,545,0071Overture
2Where the Wild Things Are$1,757,205-11%3,735--$470$36,427,2101Warner Bros.
3Couples Retreat$1,203,26211%3,0099$400$64,906,3732Universal
4Zombieland$617,2614%3,171133$195$61,847,0553Sony / Columbia
5The Stepfather (2009)$614,7557%2,734--$225$12,768,3491Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$329,945-8%3,03745$109$108,887,0745Sony / Columbia
7The Invention of Lying$163,21619%1,624-119$101$15,799,1003Warner Bros.
8Surrogates$162,6318%2,326-666$70$36,642,0694Disney
9Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$138,475-9%1,489-263$93$28,842,8973Disney
10Whip It$123,83412%1,482-256$84$11,597,6153Fox Searchlight