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, Dec. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,855,0902%4,045--$1,942$100,210,6861Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$934,86516%2,285271$409$109,428,1006Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$884,75126%2,924-477$303$273,507,8186Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$850,97141%2,548-398$334$71,026,7584Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$737,17949%3,387-252$218$72,316,4104Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$608,15416%3,042-604$200$277,958,0255Lionsgate / Summit
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$421,01026%2,8403$148$11,491,5072FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$337,37931%2,249-497$150$169,316,7277Disney
9Red Dawn (2012)$273,23219%2,250-504$121$41,407,7344FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$176,24822%1,427-997$124$14,461,4733Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$309,75921%3710$835$17,544,4265Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$169,57319%409-13$415$8,692,4605Focus
3Argo$164,15214%667-277$246$105,263,36410Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$163,78221%561380$292$3,371,4784Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$69,5634%621-782$112$6,657,2313LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$36,1767%339-91$107$138,202,35811Fox
7Pitch Perfect$33,2005%332-55$100$63,934,16312Universal
8Talaash$23,505110%113-49$208$2,741,1693Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$21,54131%151-46$143$5,246,5229Fox Searchlight
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,87117%125-50$135$17,039,24813Lionsgate / Summit
11Looper$14,63410%190-42$77$66,333,02312Sony / TriStar
12End of Watch$14,0205%172-1077$82$40,497,30613Open Road
13Sinister$10,7979%184107$59$47,938,16610Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,78410%100-41$98$15,008,41910CBS Films
15Alex Cross$9,62818%175-39$55$25,757,5619Lionsgate / Summit
16The Man With the Iron Fists$7,87525%105-76$75$15,622,7157Universal
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,4268%157109$47$53,822,5669Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$32,5463%3632$904$469,0212Focus
2Cloud Atlas$17,09623%98-93$174$26,654,2688Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$16,69249%14-3$1,192$477,3554Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$16,21468%520$312$10,233,93735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,019-9%46-17$174$1,101,2037Entertainment One / RKO
6The Intouchables$6,209215%2513$248$13,078,08430Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,147-10%300$205$21,522,31789Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,93027%84-6$47$161,018,41723Fox
9The Master$2,370-2%14-9$169$15,917,28614Weinstein Company
11Hecho en Mexico$1,4156%10-16$142$148,6873Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Arbitrage$1,23629%10-15$124$7,892,89314Roadside Attractions
13House at the End of the Street$1,0226%41-27$25$31,609,58513Relativity Media
14This Must Be the Place$596-2%3-2$199$143,4487Weinstein Company