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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Death at a Funeral (2010)$5,547,092--2,459--$2,256$5,547,0921Sony / Screen Gems
3Date Night$5,485,103249%3,3806$1,623$37,431,8642Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$4,404,260248%3,825-182$1,151$143,022,0064Paramount / DreamWorks
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$4,242,889163%3,753-49$1,131$121,457,6183Warner Bros.
6The Last Song$1,909,338306%2,76793$690$46,134,2773Disney
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$1,240,536157%1,859-296$667$51,943,4503Lionsgate
8Hot Tub Time Machine$1,049,174122%2,308-303$455$40,011,4594MGM
9The Bounty Hunter$990,664210%2,475-426$400$58,164,3795Sony / Columbia
10Alice in Wonderland (2010)$926,109161%2,024-506$458$321,400,9687Disney