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, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$34,500,000-52%3,9692$8,692$137,452,8442Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$26,500,000--2,806--$9,444$26,500,0001Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,000,000--3,826--$4,443$17,000,0001Disney
4Sex Tape$16,500,000--3,062--$5,389$16,500,0001Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,000,000-45%3,224-689$2,792$226,156,8884Paramount
6Tammy$7,000,000-44%3,402-63$2,058$70,648,0963Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,500,000-31%2,229-582$2,019$180,309,1116Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,600,000-41%2,169-716$1,660$160,471,8956Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,300,000-40%2,450-780$1,347$32,019,3143Relativity Media
11Begin Again$2,500,000-11%1,302363$1,920$9,225,6664Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,670,000-30%1,030-75$1,621$11,413,6964Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,500,000-68%1,491-1558$1,006$29,183,7503Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,005,000-60%1,003-965$1,002$44,238,7205Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Edge of Tomorrow$1,004,000-45%602-501$1,668$96,518,6507Warner Bros.
2Chef$1,000,000-21%552-149$1,812$25,811,68511Open Road
3Think Like a Man Too$975,000-59%628-603$1,553$63,839,3275Sony / Screen Gems
4The Fault in Our Stars$750,000-50%557-445$1,346$121,533,0787Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$650,000-37%387-268$1,680$230,424,6629Fox
6Rio 2$290,000-26%256-29$1,133$130,225,98815Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Belle$105,000-24%92-15$1,141$10,442,68412Fox Searchlight
2I Origins$30,000--4--$7,500$30,0001Fox Searchlight