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. 23 - Sun, Nov. 25

Wide (1000+)

1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$43,070,000-69%4,0700$10,582$226,794,6702Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$36,000,000-12%3,52621$10,210$221,641,1493Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$25,020,00019%2,018243$12,398$62,184,3833Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$24,025,000--3,653--$6,577$32,592,6251Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$22,000,000--2,927--$7,516$30,121,5871Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$16,760,000-10%3,259-363$5,143$149,466,0304Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$14,600,000--2,725--$5,358$22,012,4941FilmDistrict
9Argo$3,875,000-4%1,255-955$3,088$98,072,1517Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$4,623,000944%367351$12,597$6,449,0982Weinstein Company
2Taken 2$975,000-54%763-1300$1,278$136,501,9608Fox
3Pitch Perfect$745,000-41%492-630$1,514$62,601,0639Universal
4The Sessions$700,000-23%515-1$1,359$3,905,9746Fox Searchlight
5Cloud Atlas$413,000-56%258-662$1,601$25,779,7625Warner Bros.
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$386,100-34%242-269$1,595$16,316,87110Lionsgate / Summit
7Hotel Transylvania$360,000-62%464-784$776$143,482,7419Sony / Columbia
8Looper$300,00045%29379$1,024$65,566,6179Sony / TriStar
9The Man With the Iron Fists$204,000-72%205-705$995$15,196,7954Universal
10Alex Cross$121,000-57%144-391$840$25,413,4916Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$102,000-52%190-266$537$17,377,2735Open Road
13Sinister$99,000-78%127-662$780$47,713,0827Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$79,000-42%144-244$549$9,293,1365Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 4$52,000-86%108-742$481$53,675,7966Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Anna Karenina (2012)$831,732159%6650$12,602$1,470,3062Focus
2Hitchcock$300,799--17--$17,694$300,7991Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$127,690-19%88-12$1,451$728,6604Entertainment One / RKO
4Searching For Sugar Man$74,6298%43-11$1,736$2,780,38918Sony Pictures Classics
5Holy Motors$45,329-6%21-2$2,159$268,1636Indomina Releasing
6The Central Park Five$33,900--3--$11,300$33,9001IFC Films
7Rust and Bone$30,196--2--$15,098$30,1961Sony Pictures Classics
9Brooklyn Castle$15,353-12%8-1$1,919$162,5516Producers Distribution Agency
10The Imposter$5,620--5--$1,124$893,06620Indomina Releasing
11The Big Picture (2012)$4,410-24%2-3$2,205$134,2897MPI Media
12Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,500-45%6-3$417$87,8308Oscilloscope
1328 Hotel Rooms$1,600-48%30$533$14,1193Oscilloscope