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 Mon, Apr. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,522,495-70%4,1370$1,093$253,006,3962Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,573,324-69%3,545--$726$36,030,5121Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,530,131-68%3,603--$425$19,662,2161Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,341,547-66%3,14827$426$94,224,2373Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$800,565-63%3,264-413$245$190,133,0105Universal
6John Carter$205,261-65%2,397-815$86$66,439,1004Disney
7Act of Valor$101,073-62%1,239-980$82$67,846,4736Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$89,772-62%1,007-780$89$16,597,8404Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$100,704-70%483359$208$3,270,3264CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$88,472-56%903-1162$98$53,442,4845Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$79,099-66%908-432$87$98,534,6948Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,900-64%513259$123$2,754,9303Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$61,965-69%729-601$85$123,943,7458Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$55,795-71%439-36$127$5,066,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$36,444-60%575-613$63$53,113,3787Fox
8Friends With Kids$34,410-70%306-252$112$6,360,3114Roadside Attractions
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,662-41%222-26$152$132,383,63916Fox
10The Vow$29,697-61%514-744$58$123,503,1538Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$25,264-66%315-261$80$43,571,63619Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$24,416-65%321-300$76$34,426,1536Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$20,455-60%284-43$72$29,435,18214Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$14,987-47%136-19$110$75,294,50915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$14,387-61%325-877$44$12,386,4364Open Road
18The Woman in Black$12,510-65%179-1$70$53,959,4999CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,036-56%150-50$74$209,250,71516Paramount
20Big Miracle$8,495-67%170-54$50$20,122,4609Universal
21The Descendants$7,819-63%118-81$66$82,444,39720Fox Searchlight
22The Grey$6,587-64%2040$32$51,481,75910Open Road
23Red Tails$6,522-57%101-30$65$49,709,86411Fox
25One For the Money$3,657-61%102-49$36$26,374,10510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,457-34%400$511$17,684,62052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,340-77%5--$1,868$125,8121Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$4,760-37%29-15$164$2,941,24210Roadside Attractions
4Being Flynn$3,779-67%40-33$94$483,8045Focus
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,428-53%30-44$114$43,275,0158Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,228-62%55-31$59$186,833,89716Warner Bros.
7W.E.$2,278-61%213$108$493,0699Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,222-59%16-3$139$601,86711Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$2,014-78%16-1$126$426,2967Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$577-66%12-32$48$14,597,98219Weinstein Company