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, Jan. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Book of Eli$7,501,15452%3,1110$2,411$57,436,9162Warner Bros.
3Legion$7,090,3566%2,476--$2,864$13,776,5891Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tooth Fairy$6,751,76490%3,344--$2,019$10,296,2761Fox
5The Lovely Bones$3,894,39450%2,5718$1,515$29,314,6277Paramount / DreamWorks
6Sherlock Holmes$3,296,19367%2,670-503$1,235$189,715,0325Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,239,989132%2,973-323$1,090$202,530,2815Fox
8Extraordinary Measures$2,821,56738%2,545--$1,109$4,859,5331CBS Films
9It's Complicated$2,818,72562%2,301-369$1,225$97,016,0405Universal
10The Spy Next Door$2,230,249114%2,9240$763$17,231,8062Lionsgate