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 Sat, Dec. 26 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 26 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Sherlock Holmes$21,837,175-11%3,626--$6,022$46,446,1161Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$19,842,03143%3,700--$5,363$60,583,3191Fox
4It's Complicated$8,402,00517%2,887--$2,910$15,576,2001Universal
5The Blind Side$4,640,00038%2,766-641$1,678$180,658,3416Warner Bros.
6Up in the Air$4,381,00020%1,8951720$2,312$20,789,8774Paramount
7The Princess and the Frog$3,857,67597%3,4750$1,110$60,485,6923Disney
8Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,963,41727%2,7180$722$14,100,5252Sony / Columbia
9Nine$1,887,053-7%1,4121408$1,336$4,260,1142The Weinstein Company
10Invictus$1,610,00023%2,16035$745$21,889,6773Warner Bros.