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 Tue, Oct. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,727,43766%3,24715$532$45,778,8122Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,493,52116%3,412--$438$31,783,6641Paramount
3Taken 2$1,083,90434%3,489-217$311$107,722,5693Fox
4Alex Cross$927,89728%2,539--$365$13,051,8831Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$790,08220%2,54215$311$33,181,4592Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$674,97912%3,3849$199$119,802,1494Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$596,89031%3,0140$198$24,184,1102Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$531,95033%2,660-127$200$46,447,8534Universal
9Looper$492,80345%2,223-382$222$58,674,3914Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$412,74244%1,4800$279$9,860,1472CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$191,32630%74519$257$9,462,0155Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$96,86520%751-800$129$38,073,1575Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$74,12917%925-887$80$34,221,9255Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$72,72747%945-67$77$2,982,4652Atlas Distribution
5The Master$65,83466%412-270$160$14,843,7436Weinstein Company
6Arbitrage$37,922116%169-25$224$7,116,7636Roadside Attractions
7The Dark Knight Rises$36,10327%345-120$105$446,828,68814Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$23,1440%746-1120$31$30,829,2655Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$18,56045%232-13$80$112,840,02011Universal
10Dredd 3D$16,35625%1605$102$13,355,3655Lionsgate
11Lawless$13,41441%184-103$73$37,287,0358Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,1287%222-15$50$160,094,06315Fox
13Ted (2012)$9,810-5%109-36$90$218,648,84517Universal
14Won't Back Down$8,44482%168-345$50$5,241,8504Fox
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,10810%149-27$34$48,584,12812Fox
17The Possession$2,878-13%133-236$22$48,839,8278Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$12,30127%4--$3,075$135,4911Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,8991%520$229$9,295,88227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$7,10427%300$237$21,102,34181Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$6,41048%601$107$12,833,64522Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$5,96840%92-54$65$84,583,51810Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,80328%74-27$51$86,444,33211Warner Bros.
7Moonrise Kingdom$2,96682%29-27$102$45,493,71922Focus
8War of the Buttons (2012)$2,58466%3530$74$28,4152Weinstein Company
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,10156%28-8$75$11,190,09617Fox Searchlight
10Thaandavam$810289%2-1$405$213,1634UTV Communications
11Barfi!$781100%10-24$78$2,800,6166UTV Communications
12Gayby$161-48%1--$161$8,7002The Film Collaborative