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, Nov. 1 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 1 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$8,326,41018%3,481--$2,392$34,440,9081Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$3,806,029-42%2,404459$1,583$84,625,6793Paramount
3Where the Wild Things Are$2,298,16436%3,645-90$630$62,652,5073Warner Bros.
4Law Abiding Citizen$2,239,494-19%2,764-126$810$51,481,6623Overture
5Couples Retreat$1,845,773-17%3,026-48$610$87,027,6554Universal
6Astro Boy$1,517,87957%3,0206$503$11,316,9402Summit
7Saw VI$1,269,802-39%3,0360$418$22,532,8912Lionsgate
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$1,096,50537%2,322-419$472$118,603,7687Sony / Columbia
9Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$1,032,336-4%2,7540$375$10,808,2172Universal
10The Stepfather (2009)$835,248-29%2,346-388$356$24,555,6863Sony / Screen Gems