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 Mon, Jan. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Book of Eli$1,309,143-60%3,1110$421$62,044,8292Warner Bros.
3Legion$1,272,282-66%2,476--$514$18,773,9071Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tooth Fairy$647,233-83%3,344--$194$14,657,6421Fox
5The Lovely Bones$505,718-74%2,5718$197$31,748,0307Paramount / DreamWorks
6Sherlock Holmes$484,342-64%2,670-503$181$191,561,1945Warner Bros.
7It's Complicated$448,695-64%2,301-369$195$98,718,7805Universal
8Extraordinary Measures$430,013-63%2,545--$169$6,442,6071CBS Films
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$343,975-81%2,973-323$116$204,639,9545Fox
10The Blind Side$304,222-63%1,932-476$157$233,822,64710Warner Bros.