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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 3$169,000,000--4,253--$39,737$169,000,0001Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,200,000-64%3,28710$2,190$33,519,0752Paramount
342 (2013)$6,300,000-41%3,345-60$1,883$78,425,7704Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,800,000-67%3,430-362$1,691$75,971,9153Universal
5The Croods$4,000,000-41%2,915-368$1,372$168,518,1597Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,900,000-49%2,6330$1,481$14,234,5652Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,250,00024%1,160-450$1,940$228,995,9329Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,450,000-58%1,857-876$781$29,618,3084Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,300,000-65%1,804-903$721$118,782,3166Paramount
10Olympus Has Fallen$1,250,000-56%1,632-702$766$95,429,8797FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,200,000-1%576213$3,819$5,207,8982Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.