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, Apr. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Clash of the Titans (2010)$26,061,023882%3,777--$6,900$28,716,0281Warner Bros.
2Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$12,154,448--2,155--$5,640$12,154,4481Lionsgate
3How to Train Your Dragon$11,028,592110%4,0605$2,716$74,154,4642Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Last Song$7,176,91968%2,673--$2,685$16,564,5341Disney
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$3,010,17646%2,980-404$1,010$304,535,8695Disney
6Hot Tub Time Machine$2,897,295104%2,77117$1,046$22,739,6132MGM
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$2,362,92490%2,842-241$831$43,072,2053Fox
8The Bounty Hunter$2,349,955105%3,11844$754$45,107,3483Sony / Columbia
9She's Out of My League$558,40635%1,390-1042$402$27,754,4284Paramount
10Shutter Island$532,92960%1,356-767$393$122,485,4637Paramount