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, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

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1Thor: The Dark World$81,000,000--3,841--$21,088$81,000,0001Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,400,000-43%3,187-158$3,577$78,846,6263Paramount
3Last Vegas$11,300,000-31%3,08217$3,666$33,730,7362CBS Films
4Free Birds$11,200,000-29%3,7360$2,998$30,216,4512Relativity Media
5Ender's Game$10,000,000-63%3,4070$2,935$43,751,3002Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,300,000-35%2,720-304$3,051$231,014,4926Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$7,000,00046%1,144734$6,119$17,745,5814Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,700,000-32%2,646-375$2,154$90,882,0165Sony / Columbia
9About Time$5,000,000365%1,2001025$4,167$6,517,6732Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,700,000-35%1,836-594$1,471$109,876,1807Sony / Columbia

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