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 Sun, Apr. 4 2010

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#TitleSun, Apr. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,812,670-35%3,777--$3,657$63,890,1101Warner Bros.
2How to Train Your Dragon$6,897,178-38%4,0605$1,699$92,135,9162Paramount / DreamWorks
3Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$6,609,732-37%2,155--$3,067$29,289,5371Lionsgate
4The Last Song$2,897,687-51%2,673--$1,084$25,395,0411Disney
5Hot Tub Time Machine$2,124,205-30%2,77117$767$27,913,0342MGM
6Alice in Wonderland (2010)$2,055,114-35%2,980-404$690$309,733,7535Disney
7The Bounty Hunter$1,397,343-40%3,11844$448$48,849,3003Sony / Columbia
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$1,042,488-45%2,842-241$367$46,011,6503Fox
9She's Out of My League$390,840-31%1,390-1042$281$28,712,9744Paramount
10Shutter Island$371,027-37%1,356-767$274$123,440,9377Paramount