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 Wed, Oct. 28 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 28 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$7,445,733--3,481--$2,139$7,445,7330Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$1,466,726-14%1,9451185$754$66,605,5982Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$908,293-23%2,8900$314$43,151,7972Overture
4Where the Wild Things Are$715,319-15%3,683-52$194$55,953,5812Warner Bros.
5Saw VI$675,106-24%3,036--$222$16,570,9781Lionsgate
6Couples Retreat$646,770-19%3,07465$210$79,874,7593Universal
7Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$317,359-18%2,754--$115$7,380,1551Universal
8Zombieland$295,460-21%2,447-724$121$68,227,8194Sony / Columbia
9The Stepfather (2009)$272,652-23%2,7340$100$21,030,9982Sony / Screen Gems
10Astro Boy$258,459-13%3,014--$86$7,567,7801Summit