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. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

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1The LEGO Movie$67,000,000--3,775--$17,748$67,000,0001Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$21,000,000--3,083--$6,812$21,000,0001Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,000,000-25%2,800-67$3,214$104,722,5904Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,000,000-33%2,460-294$2,439$367,764,62612Disney
5That Awkward Moment$5,200,000-41%2,8090$1,851$16,508,0352Focus
6Lone Survivor$5,000,000-30%2,869-416$1,743$112,286,2867Universal
7Vampire Academy$3,800,000--2,676--$1,420$3,800,0001Weinstein Company
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,300,000-38%2,139-768$1,543$44,169,4154Paramount
9The Nut Job$3,250,000-55%3,004-468$1,082$54,522,6644Open Road
10Labor Day (2013)$3,200,000-38%2,5840$1,238$10,142,3962Paramount
11American Hustle$2,800,000-33%1,640-576$1,707$137,817,0809Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,400,000-29%1,167-440$2,057$107,713,8247Paramount

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