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 Thu, Dec. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,246,568-3%3,4480$2,392$102,984,2072Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,522,184-1%3,683-43$1,771$76,359,3352Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,331,128-3%3,7030$1,710$110,022,3262Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,144,753-1%2,9140$1,422$40,760,3041Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,115,772-1%3,0870$1,333$36,038,9871Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,087,5011%3,117--$1,311$27,487,3171Fox
7War Horse$3,614,519-3%2,376--$1,521$26,029,0431Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,768,4654%2,225-826$795$39,665,0503Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,208,166-3%2,324--$520$8,974,7221Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,9430%1,536-323$661$79,867,2615Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$762,4691%1,411-411$540$273,469,7966Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$531,113-2%1,486-987$357$24,644,0613Fox
13Arthur Christmas$361,570-5%1,524-581$237$45,137,0675Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$825,6022%753-82$1,096$36,024,6466Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$613,312-1%9871$621$9,969,1383Paramount
4The Artist$318,3115%167150$1,906$3,733,5745Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$278,5364%389-368$716$144,731,4289Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,1300%602358$401$8,010,3725Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$153,0085%525-235$291$60,411,1656Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$66,4395%4550$146$36,326,9817Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$63,8431%242-435$264$71,519,6217Sony / Columbia
10Dolphin Tale$61,0037%188-62$324$71,811,66614Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$59,6672%2420$247$74,756,44914Sony / Columbia
12Tower Heist$55,1852%283-135$195$76,480,9108Universal
13Courageous$46,005-1%1925$240$33,883,38913Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,2410%228-988$168$82,531,6297Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,0820%2450$139$34,796,5238Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$32,75710%182-71$180$51,556,15611Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,7267%1454$157$40,741,90112Sony / Columbia
18In Time$22,6852%112-161$203$36,956,6259Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$16,2655%124-82$131$103,939,69510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$244,3146%5539$4,442$2,870,2903Focus
2Shame$57,3541%500$1,147$1,765,5834Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$52,1835%490$1,065$15,058,27838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,571-7%6--$4,762$202,2741Warner Bros.
5The Way$16,69513%27--$618$4,117,80212Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,339-10%20-2$667$681,7315Warner Bros.
7Pariah (2011)$9,867-55%4--$2,467$31,6910Focus
8Margin Call$7,89217%30-91$263$5,222,72110Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,5538%26-30$214$34,808,52915FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,9562%3--$1,652$39,6631FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,7032%30-70$157$3,358,4679Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,960-11%37-86$107$20,374,48410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,16821%15-24$211$2,900,62510Fox Searchlight
15Inni$21641%1--$216$117,0539Cinema Purgatorio