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, Aug. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$6,080,641-25%2,690156$2,260$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,762,849-29%3,471-220$1,372$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,199,874-28%3,295--$971$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,785,500-22%3,015--$924$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$2,405,310-24%3,057-370$787$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$2,104,785-33%3,1550$667$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,067,043-30%3,114--$664$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$1,960,985-20%2,8880$679$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,547,587-13%1,738-676$890$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,351,932-31%1,940-695$697$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11One Day$1,337,624-29%1,721--$777$5,079,5661Focus
12Cowboys & Aliens$1,228,215-31%2,213-1097$555$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,200,911-30%1,988-847$604$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$783,980-33%1,633-1280$480$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$541,362-20%1,982-58$273$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$350,406-35%755-583$464$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$239,720-29%201100$1,193$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$179,405-30%484-402$371$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$146,521-33%413-881$355$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$98,497-44%370-378$266$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$94,398-34%2420$390$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$83,289-35%274-20$304$66,626,80610Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$80,725-33%237-15$341$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Hangover Part II$36,277-35%193-39$188$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$35,826-34%146-37$245$145,939,79512Fox
12Bad Teacher$21,554-54%100-49$216$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$18,528-38%107-17$173$22,813,4718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$74,1462%490$1,513$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$50,333-16%83-6$606$1,000,5934Lionsgate
3Another Earth$45,778-23%875$526$936,4005Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$38,121-24%96-22$397$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$28,576-33%86-22$332$125,691,63011Paramount
6Attack the Block$27,555-14%444$626$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$19,935-18%3111$643$333,9974Roadside Attractions
9Rio (2011)$11,938-30%68-31$176$143,558,18119Fox
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,357-6%37-67$199$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$6,783-27%6514$104$1,732,3059Summit
13Project Nim$4,309-5%12-6$359$334,4527Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$1,924-12%2--$962$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$745-31%41$186$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$572157%30$191$238,17049Collective Eye
18The Conspirator$360-42%42$90$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$131-64%1--$131$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio