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.

Daily domestic gross

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
Sep 08Mon251$3,411,151-86%$4,542,304Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 10Wed253$3,545,093-25%$4,739,318Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 11Thu254$3,590,148-16%$4,765,460Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 18Thu261$3,793,4996%$4,895,575No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 17Wed260$4,225,40019%$5,485,067No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 04Thu247$4,291,857-45%$5,622,517Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 15Mon258$4,631,60836%$5,828,046No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 09Tue252$4,635,494-31%$6,104,133Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 03Wed246$4,697,760-41%$6,154,876Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 22Mon265$5,639,07022%$6,369,397The Maze Runner
Sep 24Wed267$5,591,21532%$6,404,031The Maze Runner
Sep 25Thu268$6,324,98467%$7,152,458The Maze Runner
Sep 29Mon272$6,667,04618%$7,244,160The Equalizer
Sep 16Tue259$5,894,05627%$7,376,810No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 23Tue266$7,223,82923%$8,126,155The Maze Runner
Sep 02Tue245$6,758,767-37%$8,636,048Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 30Tue273$8,324,09615%$9,011,451The Equalizer
Sep 07Sun250$11,833,378-63%$15,318,840Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 05Fri248$13,203,011-38%$16,717,252Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 14Sun257$17,971,27652%$21,574,228No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 21Sun264$21,900,82522%$24,337,499The Maze Runner
Sep 28Sun271$23,953,0949%$26,108,172The Equalizer
Sep 12Fri255$22,600,08771%$26,533,784No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 06Sat249$23,046,979-23%$28,963,322Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 19Fri262$28,962,31828%$31,575,422The Maze Runner
Sep 01Mon244$24,404,702190%$32,333,237Guardians of the Galaxy
Sep 26Fri269$30,613,7766%$33,055,524The Equalizer
Sep 13Sat256$32,759,12942%$38,976,513No Good Deed (2014)
Sep 20Sat263$39,140,52419%$43,307,667The Maze Runner
Sep 27Sat270$41,424,7656%$45,204,478The Equalizer