Grosses

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 Thu, Jan. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$3,945,2134%3,285-137$1,201$517,158,2845Fox
2The Book of Eli$2,044,2181%3,111--$657$45,003,2231Warner Bros.
3It's Complicated$774,8657%2,670-285$290$92,460,0604Universal
4The Lovely Bones$764,4074%2,5632560$298$22,824,1206Paramount / DreamWorks
5Sherlock Holmes$727,2376%3,173-453$229$184,448,7834Warner Bros.
6Up in the Air$480,4586%2,107-111$228$65,355,1907Paramount
7The Blind Side$474,09816%2,408-472$197$229,352,2899Warner Bros.
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$410,3087%3,296-345$124$197,892,4754Fox
9Leap Year (2010)$401,96510%2,5121$160$19,966,1852Universal
10Daybreakers$387,727-1%2,5230$154$26,545,2952Lionsgate