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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201439 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$110,900,701-3%$123,441,000-10%The Equalizer
201339 (Sep 27 - Oct 03)$114,394,335-12%$137,227,000-10%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
201239 (Sep 28 - Oct 04)$129,894,79023%$152,301,00018%Hotel Transylvania
201139 (Sep 30 - Oct 06)$105,872,089-8%$128,662,000-2%Dolphin Tale
201039 (Sep 24 - Sep 30)$114,976,96915%$131,242,0005%Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
200939 (Sep 25 - Oct 01)$99,638,495-6%$125,216,000-5%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
200839 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$105,638,87416%$131,309,00014%Eagle Eye
200739 (Sep 28 - Oct 04)$91,373,882-13%$115,356,000-8%The Game Plan
200639 (Sep 29 - Oct 05)$104,541,21815%$125,424,0009%Open Season (2006)
200539 (Sep 30 - Oct 06)$91,207,62530%$114,758,00025%Flightplan
200439 (Sep 24 - Sep 30)$70,029,992-26%$91,464,000-23%The Forgotten
200339 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$94,116,060-15%$118,964,000-8%The Rundown
200239 (Sep 27 - Oct 03)$111,020,1571405%$128,719,00034%Sweet Home Alabama
200139 (Sep 28 - Oct 04)$7,376,577-82%$96,221,00014%The Musketeer
200039 (Sep 29 - Oct 05)$40,475,326-38%$84,619,000--Remember the Titans