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 Sat, Dec. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$14,694,4631%3,703--$3,968$29,302,4451Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,886,25747%3,723--$2,655$16,593,2211Fox
3New Year's Eve$2,901,20515%3,5050$828$22,837,4532Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,798,22324%2,7522$653$16,564,4252Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,714,27434%2,958-646$580$265,122,6705Lionsgate / Summit
7Arthur Christmas$1,571,34687%2,929-343$536$37,360,1974Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$1,541,56380%2,808-520$549$69,869,9224Disney
9Jack and Jill$538,08549%1,910-877$282$70,175,9576Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$451,43872%1,780-1060$254$58,546,0325Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$407,75048%1,315-754$310$75,571,7157Universal
12Immortals$348,03545%1,216-1083$286$81,625,5016Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,748,56716%425--$11,173$9,451,4101Paramount
2The Descendants$1,469,07958%8782$1,673$27,775,3905Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$1,392,60228%986978$1,412$2,922,4712Paramount
4My Week with Marilyn$256,74064%2440$1,052$5,908,6084Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$205,18592%757-1086$271$142,622,4448Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$174,04961%703-852$248$35,614,5346Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$87,40685%281-61$311$71,272,43513Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$69,10428%202-268$342$34,361,0117Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$65,82736%273-81$241$36,683,7348Fox
10Footloose (2011)$50,94139%25352$201$51,256,52610Paramount
11Margin Call$48,07188%121-27$397$5,090,1839Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 3$37,21848%206-96$181$103,754,2619Paramount
13Courageous$36,12146%101-90$358$33,472,18112Sony / TriStar
14Like Crazy$22,64333%100-62$226$3,235,4458Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$20,35833%123-45$166$20,300,7939Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$189,10654%1612$11,819$735,0302Focus
2Shame$121,82537%5130$2,389$1,134,5353Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$120,98765%171$7,117$1,234,5194Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$50,59179%250$2,024$430,6264Warner Bros.
5Moneyball$36,04678%98-110$368$74,298,15513Sony / Columbia
6Born to Be Wild 3D$21,01631%490$429$14,766,91237Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ides of March$20,88875%72-115$290$40,555,04211Sony / Columbia
8Drive (2011)$17,02343%56-14$304$34,733,33514FilmDistrict
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,69431%39-33$197$2,862,2259Fox Searchlight
10The Rum Diary$5,03136%30-33$168$13,096,3358FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$4,22383%19-25$222$152,6943Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Cook County$2,764-1%5--$553$5,5491Hanover House
13Inni$264-14%1-3$264$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
14Answers to Nothing$111455%1-6$111$22,0033Roadside Attractions