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, Feb. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Identity Thief$35,000,000--3,141--$11,143$35,000,0001Universal
2Warm Bodies$10,500,000-48%3,0090$3,490$35,625,0822Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$8,500,000--2,605--$3,263$8,500,0001Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,500,000-16%2,8090$2,314$89,594,23913Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,200,000-45%3,285-90$1,583$43,282,8533Paramount
7Zero Dark Thirty$3,900,000-25%2,562-309$1,522$83,460,5908Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,500,00023%1,405470$1,779$123,733,61318Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,300,000-23%1,502-275$1,531$154,513,1327Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$2,000,000-56%2,4040$832$8,191,0222Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,850,000-23%1,517-239$1,220$173,597,46914Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Top Gun 3D$1,900,000--300--$6,333$1,900,0001Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,700,000-9%92422$1,840$108,484,50512Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.