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 Wed, May. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$3,968,406-19%4,249-100$934$472,239,6213Disney
3The Dictator$1,520,191-29%3,0085$505$30,305,4631Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,051,401-19%3,7550$280$54,331,5542Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$986,234-24%3,021--$326$13,969,6141Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$328,957-5%2,064-467$159$392,609,4909Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$239,512-13%1,722-295$139$86,614,5295Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$173,464-18%2,005-834$87$57,506,7055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$149,1021%1,840-1008$81$26,035,9094Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$123,375-19%1,175-1394$105$27,520,1604Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$460,516-12%354176$1,301$9,732,4913Fox Searchlight
3The Cabin in the Woods$48,028-7%448-581$107$40,706,4836Lionsgate
4Bully (2012)$41,31961%204-59$203$3,217,3478Weinstein Company
5Wrath of the Titans$40,727-15%36095$113$82,654,4358Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$37,900-9%379-76$100$210,318,29012Universal
7The Three Stooges$35,969-8%594-433$61$41,941,7716Fox
8Mirror Mirror$35,052-15%407-200$86$61,671,6898Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$33,605-18%503-1187$67$16,702,9334Lionsgate
10The Raven$32,8421%432-1456$76$15,641,5094Relativity Media
11Girl in Progress$31,677-17%3220$98$2,243,5532Lionsgate / Pantelion
12American Reunion$18,850-19%290-231$65$56,567,4557Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,610-9%245-15$68$102,913,26615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,5547%134-66$101$8,764,46211CBS Films
15Lockout$7,637-15%191-64$40$14,317,9706Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,401-16%110-17$49$18,391,94311Paramount
17The Artist$3,5926%103-648$35$44,559,50326Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,15217%490$1,289$2,011,3595Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,405-30%340$512$18,982,15859Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,528-2%55--$264$299,3181Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$6,287-23%70-87$90$57,758,8027Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$5,72314%37-9$155$266,7104Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,478-1%90-42$61$54,686,93314Fox
7Act of Valor$3,81210%96-22$40$69,989,29213Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,86840%25-11$75$7,231,13411Roadside Attractions
9Coriolanus$1,46017%8-3$183$753,18418Weinstein Company
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,131-25%17-6$67$1,205,5516Code Black Entertainment
11Lovely Molly$1,08012%5--$216$15,5601Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8636%10-40$86$91,3532Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$7207%9-4$80$550,47214Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$43942%7-4$63$593,5766Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$288-14%3-6$96$49,869,68218Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$45-44%1-11$45$43,456,08015Fox
17Touchback$36-32%3-1$12$204,2326Anchor Bay Films