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, Jun. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$10,036,422-15%4,004--$2,507$115,333,1571Disney
2World War Z$6,226,175-22%3,607--$1,726$88,294,5431Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,112,073-21%4,2070$977$223,924,8182Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,881,267-18%3,0550$616$64,238,0732Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,184,878-14%2,823-259$420$98,122,6174Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$555,910-16%2,417-958$230$230,407,2855Universal
7The Internship$510,424-11%1,916-1483$266$39,884,4293Fox
8The Purge$484,220-15%2,201-390$220$61,166,5403Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$413,983-14%1,565-766$265$218,063,8516Paramount
11After Earth$134,872-17%1,166-1266$116$57,805,7704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$281,070-18%650645$432$3,269,7742A24
2Iron Man 3$219,957-7%924-725$238$403,823,0468Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$98,124-8%362-813$271$141,894,3317Warner Bros.
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$97,617-5%206183$474$1,517,2253Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$94,851-18%324-44$293$183,857,34914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Hangover Part III$89,494-6%530-1371$169$110,279,9345Warner Bros.
7The East$43,882-9%19580$225$1,342,5994Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$43,237-7%325-119$133$94,334,22011Warner Bros.
9Mud$40,370-7%213-192$190$20,328,4729Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,235-12%201-57$101$89,085,09010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$18,930-5%177-24$107$98,649,10614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,993-14%139-31$101$122,306,13513Paramount
13The Big Wedding$13,835-9%141-24$98$21,656,1859Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$12,317-10%134-7$92$31,712,57011Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,928-22%138-13$65$56,812,95019Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$19,700-8%652$303$819,7014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$8,654-6%520$166$12,881,75162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,4571%53-17$160$1,326,3519Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,652-19%300$222$22,870,059116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$6,50911%33-30$197$1,349,2677Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$5,531-8%53-23$104$21,398,97813Focus
7The Sapphires$5,155-1%29-10$178$2,374,53314Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$4,260-3%50-20$85$49,345,6569Paramount
9Unfinished Song$4,00617%2--$2,003$36,3231Weinstein Company
10Lost and Found in Armenia$1,754-11%1-1$1,754$108,6003High Top Releasing
11Quartet$1,496-21%294$52$18,388,35724Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8075%8-6$101$492,7568eOne Films US
13Made in Cleveland$335-17%5--$67$8,4681Striped Entertainment
14Tiger Eyes$25842%2-4$129$26,0873Freestyle Releasing
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$186-8%3-3$62$45,8513eOne Films US
16Not Today$17226%3-4$57$297,38611Freestyle Releasing
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$13655%17--$8$6,5511High Top Releasing