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, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Skyfall$87,800,000--3,505--$25,050$90,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,056,000-33%3,7520$8,810$93,690,6092Disney
4Argo$6,745,000-34%2,763-11$2,441$85,710,9585Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,000,000-32%2,487-152$1,608$131,287,1716Fox
6Here Comes the Boom$2,550,000-28%2,044-270$1,248$39,061,0955Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$2,525,000-53%2,02310$1,248$22,711,7063Warner Bros.
8Pitch Perfect$2,504,000-18%1,391-111$1,800$59,030,6437Universal
9The Man With the Iron Fists$2,490,000-69%1,8724$1,330$12,718,3252Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$2,350,000-47%2,566-356$916$140,903,9827Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$2,020,000-52%2,348-658$860$52,640,5794Paramount
12Sinister$1,450,000-47%1,554-328$933$46,504,2385Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,225,000-63%1,902-1031$644$16,308,2693Open Road
14Alex Cross$880,000-55%1,090-558$807$24,571,0694Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$750,000-67%1,301-1715$576$8,793,1133Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,060,000-15%607-15$1,746$14,541,8468Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$575,000-53%491-205$1,171$64,662,2337Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,00016%12859$4,258$1,654,6724Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$425,000-65%459-1571$926$5,230,2623Fox
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$188,000232%225131$836$50,999,95213Disney
9The Possession$62,000-34%121-34$512$49,075,23911Lionsgate
10The Expendables 2$60,000-42%134-39$448$84,952,87413Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Lincoln$900,000--11--$81,818$900,0001Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$174,089131%6253$2,808$284,4112Entertainment One / RKO
3Searching For Sugar Man$105,130-29%94-11$1,118$2,562,10516Sony Pictures Classics
4The Master$103,000-43%88-50$1,170$15,688,0589Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$79,850-35%87-29$918$7,664,7459Roadside Attractions
7Smashed$40,56719%4221$966$249,4975Sony Pictures Classics
8A Royal Affair$40,000--7--$5,714$40,0001Magnolia Pictures
9Holy Motors$32,153111%149$2,297$124,0604Indomina Releasing
10This Must Be the Place$30,167289%119$2,742$43,5242Weinstein Company
11The Paperboy$24,997-48%34-8$735$677,2006Millennium Entertainment
12Middle of Nowhere (2012)$20,211--12--$1,684$210,7315AFFRM
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,211-59%43-27$330$3,315,1685Atlas Distribution
14Simon and the Oaks$13,596-53%174$800$141,5815The Film Arcade
15The Big Picture (2012)$11,075-50%7-1$1,582$113,4535MPI Media
16The Imposter$6,681-54%7-3$954$868,35918Indomina Releasing
17The Other Dream Team$3,572-25%50$714$134,1087The Film Arcade
1828 Hotel Rooms$3,000--1--$3,000$3,0001Oscilloscope
19Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,500-51%3-8$833$76,3566Oscilloscope
21Vamps$1,711212%10$1,711$2,4822Anchor Bay Films
22Death by China$900-71%1-1$900$37,43813Area23a