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, May. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$6,944,417-9%3,952--$1,757$107,804,8391Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,498,250-3%3,31132$755$95,657,0252Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,356,513-11%3,991-333$340$175,048,2303Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$858,7865%3,019--$284$12,192,8971Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$674,2838%3,054-252$221$72,969,5594Fox
6Heaven is for Real$425,7163%2,893-155$147$83,067,0595Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$345,985-7%2,271-430$152$251,251,9677Disney
8Rio 2$262,844-31%2,371-602$111$118,632,8616Fox
9Moms' Night Out$227,05229%1,0462$217$7,603,3692Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$167,454-15%2,578-80$65$6,930,0842Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$110,672-6%991-242$112$147,018,2319Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$110,314-11%630-140$175$55,712,15411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$108,7660%173128$629$1,985,3883Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$89,1680%780-220$114$59,102,1409Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Brick Mansions$58,20113%724-1230$80$19,719,4984Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$42,624-14%355-46$120$254,434,44715Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$36,8606%1832$201$2,821,4326Weinstein Company
9Transcendence$27,8485%315-200$88$22,690,1035Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$25,5644%495-325$52$28,443,6636Lionsgate / Summit
12Non-Stop (2014)$22,06519%220-16$100$91,480,08012Universal
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,790-27%319-38$68$109,354,65611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Quiet Ones$14,88417%341-792$44$8,385,0334Lionsgate
15300: Rise of an Empire$11,950-13%155-36$77$106,513,82811Warner Bros.
16Oculus$9,303-2%140-270$66$27,449,7856Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$9,10313%124-402$73$17,076,8085Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$67,067-7%7266$931$1,130,6642Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$26,583-19%371$718$1,892,7657Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$20,599-22%55--$375$416,1392RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$5,812-12%3--$1,937$56,4831Weinstein Company
52 States$3,3850%32-27$106$2,228,4445UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$3,07320%8354$37$7,769,66110Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,5984%1713$153$58,6232Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,673-1%24-37$70$242,4254RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$99211%46-22$22$59,683,00012Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$85731%8-21$107$119,3945Rialto Pictures
11Philomena$597-31%9-4$66$37,709,18026Weinstein Company
12Joe (2014)$363-9%10-13$36$372,6606Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$12420%3-3$41$267,0977RADiUS-TWC