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, Jan. 3 2010

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#TitleSun, Jan. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$7,818,116-46%3,74747$2,087$156,072,5662Fox
3Sherlock Holmes$7,349,035-49%3,6260$2,027$138,715,4372Warner Bros.
4It's Complicated$3,984,005-48%2,89710$1,375$59,178,8402Universal
5The Blind Side$2,360,311-53%2,926160$807$208,316,0907Warner Bros.
6The Princess and the Frog$2,264,727-42%3,328-147$681$85,894,1174Disney
7Up in the Air$2,150,224-52%1,8950$1,135$44,386,9295Paramount
8Did You Hear About the Morgans?$981,872-51%2,7180$361$25,349,6463Sony / Columbia
9Nine$883,395-43%1,4120$626$13,697,2683The Weinstein Company
10Invictus$791,898-51%2,17010$365$30,533,9894Warner Bros.