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, Mar. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alice in Wonderland (2010)$17,281,335155%3,7280$4,636$163,906,6912Disney
2Green Zone$5,045,040--3,003--$1,680$5,045,0401Universal
3Remember Me$3,567,535--2,212--$1,613$3,567,5351Summit
4She's Out of My League$3,348,833--2,956--$1,133$3,348,8331Paramount
5Our Family Wedding$2,496,341--1,605--$1,555$2,496,3411Fox Searchlight
6Shutter Island$2,401,174132%3,356178$715$102,268,6864Paramount
8Brooklyn's Finest$1,405,07979%1,9393$725$18,466,5512Overture
9Cop Out$1,267,23394%2,882-268$440$36,479,8993Warner Bros.
10The Crazies$1,164,617120%2,359-120$494$30,872,9853Overture