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, Jan. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along$12,300,000-42%2,867108$4,290$92,962,7503Universal
2Frozen (2013)$9,310,0002%2,754-3$3,381$360,012,32911Disney
3That Awkward Moment$9,010,000--2,809--$3,208$9,010,0001Focus
4The Nut Job$7,613,155-37%3,4720$2,193$50,246,1503Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,200,000-44%3,285123$2,192$104,893,5566Universal
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,400,000-41%2,907-480$1,858$38,967,9703Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$5,300,000--2,584--$2,051$5,300,0001Paramount
8American Hustle$4,300,000-39%2,216-88$1,940$133,621,1798Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$3,550,000-35%1,607-197$2,209$104,076,7616Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$3,520,000-59%2,7530$1,279$14,490,0702Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$2,886,000-43%2,319-92$1,245$31,514,1466Weinstein Company
12Gravity$2,005,000-1%1,132-128$1,771$263,972,34618Warner Bros.
13Dallas Buyers Club$1,407,000-31%1,052-58$1,337$22,586,40014Focus
1412 Years a Slave$1,400,000-31%1,172-59$1,195$45,808,39516Fox Searchlight
15Saving Mr. Banks$1,082,000-48%1,075-585$1,007$81,054,9778Disney
16Devil's Due$950,000-66%1,290-1254$736$14,705,8683Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,240,000-42%933-352$1,329$254,269,8148Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$1,210,000-47%803-522$1,507$21,257,5167Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$1,140,000-27%875-93$1,303$13,656,89812Paramount Vantage
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,000,000-35%822-229$1,217$421,468,54411Lionsgate
5Philomena$927,000-14%56762$1,635$27,342,24611Weinstein Company
6The Legend Of Hercules$525,000-57%598-773$878$17,954,1404Lionsgate / Summit
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$345,825-50%347-38$997$1,230,9712Roadside Attractions
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$320,000-61%420-404$762$124,411,4537Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$186,000-31%220-22$845$119,122,33519Sony / Columbia
10Captain Phillips$177,000-43%245-57$722$106,546,74817Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$169,986-35%136-17$1,250$873,8106Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$126,000-50%174-65$724$38,285,7906Universal
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$98,50098%16331$604$52,436,7378Lionsgate
14Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,000-73%150-377$533$32,286,4335Paramount
15Grudge Match$69,000-32%241-3$286$29,345,7396Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gloria (2014)$180,750220%2926$6,233$259,1592Roadside Attractions
2The Great Beauty$120,8292%521$2,324$1,641,87812Janus Films
3The Past$117,38414%4916$2,396$682,5237Sony Pictures Classics
4Tim's Vermeer$57,873--4--$14,468$78,7741Sony Pictures Classics
512 O'Clock Boys$51,495--21--$2,452$51,4951Oscilloscope
6Like Father, Like Son (2014)$15,300-30%84$1,913$73,6953IFC Films