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 Sat, Jan. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$8,426,74436%3,0100$2,800$100,873,9642Weinstein Company
2Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,920,329-23%2,654--$2,984$18,148,3251Lionsgate
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,629,01847%3,755-345$2,032$259,090,8704Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$6,853,44037%2,90490$2,360$99,335,8002Universal
5Parental Guidance$4,270,85636%3,3681$1,268$50,043,7482Fox
6Jack Reacher$4,010,46235%3,288-64$1,220$62,481,5583Paramount
7This is 40$3,619,78532%2,93117$1,235$52,262,1153Universal
8Lincoln$2,392,00649%1,901-65$1,258$142,671,7719Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$1,905,16430%2,312-119$824$30,047,3433Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$1,787,36237%1,6761651$1,066$3,440,7482Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,720,39551%2,103-515$818$26,852,8553Disney
12Skyfall$1,365,16636%1,307-330$1,045$296,099,9359Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$1,067,30029%1,507-548$708$96,448,5967Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,574,37443%7450$2,113$33,734,6668Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$1,201,58455%572557$2,101$2,635,7513Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,193,55242%965-213$1,237$90,257,3477Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$603,67934%825-366$732$288,810,4968Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$554,56154%817-23$679$10,508,6543Paramount
6Hyde Park on Hudson$482,66277%222138$2,174$2,933,4755Focus
7Wreck-It Ralph$479,24832%709-204$676$178,162,63610Disney
8Argo$360,80860%302-43$1,195$109,903,61213Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$198,60740%267-34$744$146,046,81915Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$158,79155%163-55$974$11,434,6168Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$121,83033%243-9$501$44,032,58613Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$120,67151%565546$214$347,5863Paramount Vantage
14Taken 2$91,28242%213-19$429$139,232,43214Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$79,43728%252-173$315$43,837,0277FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$68,06558%118-231$577$5,448,3907Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$55,27529%165-18$335$64,625,33315Universal
18Cloud Atlas$43,04941%155110$278$26,874,24711Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$27,96839%140-22$200$40,872,80216Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$23,26526%139-129$167$12,840,2635FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,061,55231%6055$17,693$3,585,1063Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$33,38123%98-27$341$17,458,73416Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$30,2299%520$581$10,643,05938Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$26,70685%41-39$651$5,616,15312Fox Searchlight
5Killing Them Softly$17,70136%51-17$347$14,894,5216Weinstein Company
6A Late Quartet$17,07350%23-14$742$1,345,73610Entertainment One / RKO
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,77656%53-9$298$161,194,86426Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,33829%300$445$21,684,06292Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$6,23136%110$566$13,155,91733Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,239192%12-1$353$15,975,16417Weinstein Company
11Talaash$2,84667%8-8$356$2,868,3616Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$1,09252%4-3$273$7,915,24917Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$242-7%1--$242$86,67014Roadside Attractions