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, Jun. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$21,386,523--3,816--$5,604$21,386,5231Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,369,445--3,339--$1,908$6,369,4451Fox
3Super 8$5,996,56272%3,40829$1,760$57,527,3512Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$3,402,27843%3,375-317$1,008$111,826,8403Fox
5The Hangover Part II$3,244,97388%3,460-215$938$226,284,2514Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$2,542,58528%3,469-460$733$137,185,3824Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,783,84235%2,742-691$651$215,884,0955Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$790,27912%2,5240$313$9,716,1212Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$326,620258%11568$2,840$3,063,0524Fox Searchlight
3The Art of Getting By$296,079--610--$485$296,0791Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$252,19519%729-600$346$206,196,9158Universal
5Rio (2011)$157,32940%408-119$386$138,364,72010Fox
6Water for Elephants$99,16431%351-115$283$56,986,1569Fox
7Soul Surfer$81,256--264-53$308$42,476,66811Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$75,66217%212-154$357$37,950,7167Warner Bros.
9Jumping the Broom$59,25720%211-154$281$36,949,5647Sony / TriStar
10The Lincoln Lawyer$58,151399%220119$264$57,232,77514Lionsgate
12Source Code$37,50831%161-87$233$54,305,36012Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,56218%162-20$170$9,779,7868Weinstein Company
14Limitless$22,45619%117-49$192$79,026,30014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Born to Be Wild 3D$77,87215%470$1,657$7,098,56811Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,46619%332$1,044$25,786,41566Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Submarine$16,65399%2811$595$166,0143Weinstein Company
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$16,4487%90-27$183$52,530,51613Fox
8Jane Eyre (2011)$15,29315%68-22$225$11,070,28815Focus
9Priest (2011)$13,980--71-98$197$29,105,8646Sony / Screen Gems
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,06133%71-41$184$52,817,3459Lionsgate
11Win Win$12,28154%67-33$183$10,046,00214Fox Searchlight
12Everything Must Go$8,175-13%55-32$149$2,577,9126Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$6,64630%74$949$50,7963Dada Films
14The Conspirator$5,729-1%44-22$130$11,441,88810Roadside Attractions
15Beautiful Boy$4,869392%84$609$38,1763Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$4,319-12%39-41$111$38,150,59210Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$3,83762%23-23$167$926,9007Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,44059%106$244$193,45740Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$1,128131%10$1,128$70,5625Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$287-14%2-3$144$1,183,96715Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$10463%31$35$248,82214Roadside Attractions