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.
|#||Title||Sat, Dec. 26 2009||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|2||Sherlock Holmes||$21,837,175||-11%||3,626||--||$6,022||$46,446,116||1||Warner Bros.|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$19,842,031||43%||3,700||--||$5,363||$60,583,319||1||Fox|
|5||The Blind Side||$4,640,000||38%||2,766||-641||$1,678||$180,658,341||6||Warner Bros.|
|6||Up in the Air||$4,381,000||20%||1,895||1720||$2,312||$20,789,877||4||Paramount|
|7||The Princess and the Frog||$3,857,675||97%||3,475||0||$1,110||$60,485,692||3||Disney|
|8||Did You Hear About the Morgans?||$1,963,417||27%||2,718||0||$722||$14,100,525||2||Sony / Columbia|
|9||Nine||$1,887,053||-7%||1,412||1408||$1,336||$4,260,114||2||The Weinstein Company|