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. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,410,000-60%4,008-62$4,344$254,592,5043Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,000,000-52%3,463-63$4,909$246,029,1894Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$13,509,000-47%2,0180$6,694$83,698,4734Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$13,500,000-43%3,67219$3,676$48,947,2532Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,000,000-47%2,9281$4,098$48,361,1412Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$7,020,000-58%3,087-172$2,274$158,256,2635Disney
7Killing Them Softly$7,000,000--2,424--$2,888$7,000,0001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,550,000-54%2,78156$2,355$31,322,7082FilmDistrict
10The Collection$3,409,224--1,403--$2,430$3,409,2241LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,025,000-48%1,043-212$1,942$101,005,4178Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$3,341,000-24%3714$9,005$10,990,9813Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,229,678149%384318$5,806$4,091,0293Focus
3Talaash$1,982,913--174--$11,396$1,982,9131Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$470,000-51%496-267$948$137,165,5799Fox
5Pitch Perfect$411,000-43%403-89$1,020$63,123,17310Universal
6The Sessions$328,000-55%226-289$1,451$4,576,8667Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$225,000-47%194-64$1,160$26,163,1176Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$200,000-49%189-53$1,058$16,628,55911Lionsgate / Summit
9The Man With the Iron Fists$103,000-51%174-31$592$15,386,9455Universal
11Alex Cross$58,000-48%114-30$509$25,491,0767Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$53,460-47%124-66$431$17,467,9916Open Road
14Fun Size$46,000-45%116-28$397$9,360,1756Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hitchcock$405,53741%5033$8,111$784,4192Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$100,000--20--$5,000$100,0001China Lion Film
3Chasing Ice$94,2624%3013$3,142$348,9464Submarine Deluxe
4A Late Quartet$86,497-35%74-14$1,169$870,6515Entertainment One / RKO
5Hecho en Mexico$78,000--12--$6,500$78,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Searching For Sugar Man$47,902-21%5310$904$2,837,51919Sony Pictures Classics
7Sinister$46,000-50%88-39$523$47,775,3278Lionsgate / Summit
8Holy Motors$35,834-22%254$1,433$333,9257Indomina Releasing
9Rust and Bone$25,823-5%20$12,912$66,1442Sony Pictures Classics
11Paranormal Activity 4$25,000-53%70-38$357$53,716,7727Paramount
12End of Watch$20,500-36%24-10$854$39,224,24811Open Road
13Beware of Mr. Baker$12,505--1--$12,505$17,0581SnagFilms
14Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,000376%104$1,000$97,9539Oscilloscope
15Brooklyn Castle$4,323-73%4-4$1,081$174,1637Producers Distribution Agency
16The Imposter$2,070-58%2-3$1,035$898,25921Indomina Releasing
17The House I Live In$1,91397%10$1,913$168,9629Abramorama
1828 Hotel Rooms$1,100-23%30$367$16,0434Oscilloscope