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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Super 8$37,000,000--3,379--$10,950$38,000,0001Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$25,000,000-55%3,69251$6,771$98,894,3492Fox
3The Hangover Part II$18,500,000-41%3,67560$5,034$216,560,1323Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$16,635,000-30%3,929-23$4,234$126,905,0743Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,846,000-40%3,433-533$3,159$208,773,4944Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,267,000--2,524--$2,483$6,267,0001Relativity Media
9Fast Five$1,714,410-46%1,329-908$1,290$205,081,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$6,146,165122%944797$6,511$14,224,6384Sony Pictures Classics
2Rio (2011)$681,000-8%527-164$1,292$137,791,7289Fox
3Water for Elephants$480,000-31%466-106$1,030$56,600,9598Fox
4Jumping the Broom$465,000-45%365-224$1,274$36,719,6556Sony / TriStar
5Cave of Forgotten Dreams$256,200-26%1220$2,100$3,722,1797IFC Films
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$124,000306%182102$681$9,668,1927Weinstein Company
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$82,000-43%112-84$732$52,771,0278Lionsgate
11The Lincoln Lawyer$81,000-28%101-32$802$57,130,01613Lionsgate
12Win Win$78,000-38%100-41$780$10,003,83313Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Tree of Life$875,12638%4727$18,620$2,409,7723Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$200,00010%470$4,255$6,763,52810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$138,046-21%85-5$1,624$1,394,3208Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$97,625-20%55-13$1,775$1,092,0599IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Trip (2011)$84,600--6--$14,100$84,6001IFC Films
7Everything Must Go$70,400-52%88-19$800$2,539,3185Roadside Attractions
8Jane Eyre (2011)$62,276-38%90-38$692$11,006,54114Focus
9Submarine$60,20844%1713$3,542$122,1272Weinstein Company
10The Conspirator$48,950-44%65-45$753$11,419,2929Roadside Attractions
11Scream 4$38,000-51%80-121$475$38,127,8749Weinstein Company
12The First Grader$25,175-41%30-6$839$268,9805National Geographic
13Beautiful Boy$5,500-66%40$1,375$29,7242Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$4,000-38%15-1$267$138,796,20629Weinstein Company
15Kill the Irishman$3,500-32%5-3$700$1,182,39814Anchor Bay Films