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. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12012$17,097,511-31%3,404--$5,023$65,237,7511Sony / Columbia
2Disney's A Christmas Carol$6,285,925-40%3,6830$1,707$63,274,4072Disney
3Michael Jackson's This Is It$1,322,851-41%3,037-444$436$67,188,5973Sony / Columbia
4The Men Who Stare at Goats$1,311,345-50%2,45310$535$23,037,3892Overture
5The Fourth Kind$961,278-49%2,5303$380$20,450,8432Universal
6Law Abiding Citizen$869,782-48%2,071-403$420$67,186,5675Overture
7Paranormal Activity$805,130-54%2,712154$297$103,687,7915Paramount
8Couples Retreat$790,256-60%2,509-348$315$102,048,1726Universal
9Where the Wild Things Are$679,771-39%2,090-666$325$73,445,6255Warner Bros.
10The Box$655,017-52%2,6350$249$13,180,0772Warner Bros.