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 Fri, Feb. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dear John$13,764,704--2,969--$4,636$13,764,7041Sony / Screen Gems
3From Paris with Love$2,948,715--2,722--$1,083$2,948,7151Lionsgate
4Edge of Darkness$2,309,962117%3,0660$753$24,402,4422Warner Bros.
5When in Rome$2,053,604199%2,4560$836$17,449,2092Disney
6The Tooth Fairy$1,635,295376%3,218-127$508$29,468,2683Fox
7The Book of Eli$1,515,860125%2,820-255$538$78,843,6654Warner Bros.
8Legion$1,062,849106%2,339-137$454$32,341,1323Sony / Screen Gems
9Sherlock Holmes$782,417138%1,805-445$433$199,731,7137Warner Bros.
10The Blind Side$773,555163%1,740-11$445$239,639,94712Warner Bros.