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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Taken 2$22,000,000-56%3,70645$5,936$86,258,8522Fox
2Sinister$18,200,000--2,527--$7,202$18,200,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$18,000,000--3,232--$5,569$18,000,0001Warner Bros.
4Hotel Transylvania$17,700,000-35%3,37523$5,244$102,592,6173Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,500,000--3,014--$3,816$11,500,0001Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,500,000-36%2,78717$3,409$36,248,4633Universal
8Looper$6,500,000-46%2,605-388$2,495$51,642,4253Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,000,000--1,480--$2,703$4,000,0001CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,900,000--1,012--$1,877$1,900,0001Atlas Distribution

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,250,00044%726505$3,099$6,235,4454Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.