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, Dec. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Princess and the Frog$3,808,864-23%3,47541$1,096$44,716,3582Disney
3The Blind Side$2,932,605-25%3,40719$861$164,726,3785Warner Bros.
4Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,865,212-23%2,718--$686$6,616,5711Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$1,378,305-16%3,035-600$454$274,597,4435Summit
6Invictus$1,256,945-22%2,1250$592$15,877,9562Warner Bros.
7Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,175,590-10%2,070-332$568$130,814,8467Disney
8Brothers (2009)$935,901-11%2,009-79$466$22,349,8623Lionsgate
92012$706,309-17%2,242-596$315$159,028,8866Sony / Columbia
10Old Dogs$705,918-23%2,630-460$268$43,625,3794Disney