'The Maze Runner' Nets $11.25 Million on Friday; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' ($4.7M) Tops 'This Is Where I Leave You' ($3.91M)September 20, 2014 03:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Fox reports that The Maze Runner picked up an estimated $11.25 million on Friday, a very healthy jump from its modest $1.1 million Thursday night shows (included in Friday's gross). BoxOffice projects the latest young adult adaptation will net around $31 million this weekend--already nearly matching its $34 million production budget. By comparison, Maze's opening day was 14 percent ahead of Ender's Game ($9.8 million) and 51 percent behind Divergent ($22.8 million). Early word of mouth appears very healthy with an 82 percent Flixster score, on par with Divergent's 81 percent.

Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones bagged $4.7 million on opening day--27.5 percent behind the $6.5 million first day of The Grey in January 2012, but also 87 percent stronger than Killing Them Softly's $2.5 million first day. Unfortunately, early word of mouth appears mixed with a 66 percent Flixster score. BoxOffice is projecting a solid $14 million weekend for the Universal release.

Warner Bros.' ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You posted $3.91 million on Friday, 6 percent behind Trouble with the Curve's $4.2 million first day and 90 percent ahead of Admission's $2.05 million bow. The film's 70 percent Flixster score leaves a bit to be desired, although this isn't necessarily a film aimed toward the online crowd. As adult audiences are expected to turn out over the weekend, BoxOffice projects an $11.6 million opening frame.

Last week's top film, No Good Deed, sank an expected 67 percent from opening day to $2.95 million. With $32.9 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the Sony thriller has performed ahead of pre-release expectations as it leads the pace of The Call by 32 percent. BoxOffice projects a $9.6 million second weekend.

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five as it slipped 50 percent from last week's opening day gross to $2.14 million on Friday. By comparison, the first flick eased 32 percent from its first-to-second Friday. The family-friendly sequel has tallied $20.2 million in its first 8 days, 24.5 percent off the pace of its 2011 predecessor. BoxOffice projects an $8.0 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy was off 35 percent from last Friday to $1.38 million yesterday. The year's top grosser so far is projected to bring in another $5.3 million for the weekend as a whole. With $309.9 million in the bank through Friday, its 50th day of release, Guardians stands 2.6 percent ahead of the pace the original Iron Man.

On the expansion front, The Drop took in $645,000 yesterday as it expanded into 1,192 theaters (up from 809 last week). Yesterday's haul was down 56 percent from opening day. To date, the film has grossed $6.3 million. BoxOffice projects $2.1 million for the current frame.

Unfortunately, no Friday estimates were made available for Kevin Smith's Tusk at the time of publication. The film opened in 602 theaters this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 28 - Sun, May. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$43,311,063-39%4,3678$9,918$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$31,002,000--3,445--$8,999$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30,095,259--3,646--$8,254$30,095,2591Disney
4Iron Man 2$16,458,990-38%3,804-373$4,327$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$10,406,000-45%3,373-132$3,085$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$5,833,772-35%2,825-150$2,065$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$2,156,578-50%1,195-636$1,805$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$1,817,755-38%1,126-743$1,614$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$1,566,000-61%2,546-5$615$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Train Your Dragon$1,150,834-39%825-926$1,395$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$923,000-60%891-1234$1,036$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$586,93921%341-70$1,721$333,017,13913Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$457,6842%15514$2,953$3,332,7887Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$411,875-3%201-33$2,049$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$377,52410%164-14$2,302$6,814,03811Music Box
8The Back-up Plan$291,182-69%391-688$745$36,526,4956CBS Films
9The Bounty Hunter$275,07686%287117$958$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
10Kites$261,033-73%176-32$1,483$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$252,248-9%283-69$891$62,687,11611Fox
12Hot Tub Time Machine$223,000-6%36486$613$49,945,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,000-40%225-187$982$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$218,976-59%247-314$887$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$209,029-5%214-143$977$61,932,8729Disney
16Furry Vengeance$179,748-66%247-1122$728$16,464,3035Summit
17Shutter Island$169,369-30%201-55$843$127,811,97415Paramount
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$112,44865%17744$635$59,944,3699Lionsgate
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$60,971-32%108-58$565$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$326,00012%480$6,792$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$200,438-15%50-3$4,009$1,339,8925Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$175,054-14%463$3,806$1,884,2317Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$130,920-22%54-6$2,424$1,028,8185Samuel Goldwyn
6The Losers$103,000-19%83-102$1,241$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
7Princess Kaiulani$88,878-40%38-9$2,339$593,4673Roadside Attractions
8Solitary Man$84,279-11%62$14,047$216,8352Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$73,011-6%58-28$1,259$15,311,66915Summit
10Holy Rollers$55,44240%2017$2,772$109,57218First Independent Pictures
11Mother and Child$55,189-33%33-4$1,672$319,5084Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$47,00012%180$2,611$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Survival of the Dead$43,757--20--$2,188$43,7571Magnolia / Magnet
14Micmacs$42,751--4--$10,688$42,7511Sony Classics
16La Mission$33,000-46%25-10$1,320$852,0008Screen Media
17Breathless (2010 re-issue)$32,200--4--$8,050$32,2001Rialto
18The Father of My Children$31,419202%54$6,284$44,9052IFC Films
19The Tooth Fairy$30,399-43%76-39$400$59,954,88619Fox
20The Secret of Kells$25,4307%252$1,017$533,18813GKIDS
21Our Family Wedding$23,679-53%52-32$455$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
22The City of Your Final Destination$23,00053%143$1,643$285,0007Screen Media Films
23Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$21,31521%12-2$1,776$450,24811Zeitgeist
24Casino Jack and the United States of Money$20,888-21%212$995$129,6024Magnolia
25Mademoiselle Chambon$16,770--2--$8,385$16,7701Lorber
26The Square (2010)$16,73023%153$1,115$284,1548Apparition
27The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$11,860-38%14-5$847$133,6065IFC
28The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$11,79621%10$11,796$48,9288International Film Circuit
29Madeo (Mother)$10,460164%123$872$524,65053Magnolia
30The Good, the Bad, the Weird$9,41761%135$724$99,6688IFC
31The Little Traitor$8,42335%40$2,106$326,68825Westchester Films
32Chloe$7,766-61%18-6$431$2,012,41310Sony Pictures Classics
33A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$7,533-27%14-4$538$2,060,77714Sony Classics
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,128-6%60$1,188$23,195,091139National Geographic
36Looking for Eric$6,903-22%82$863$31,6943IFC
37Deadfall Trail$6,295-29%50$1,259$31,5903Nocturnal Features
38180┬░ South$5,566-46%40$1,392$23,1272Magnolia
39Best Worst Movie$5,187-51%20$2,594$40,4816Area23a
40Racing Dreams$4,517-77%8-25$565$27,7932Hanover House
41John Rabe$4,288-12%41$1,072$11,9132Strand
42The Eclipse$4,201149%50$840$118,46310Magnolia
43OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,025-69%3-4$1,342$48,78659Music Box
44Letters to God$3,700-79%14-25$264$2,837,0008Vivendi
45The Runaways$3,163-82%11-19$288$3,570,62011Apparition
46The Joneses$3,137-72%8-19$392$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions
47Crazy Heart$3,100-63%7-21$443$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
48No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,082-42%7-5$440$69,0347IFC
49The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$3,035-49%50$607$443,05418First Run Features
50Sweetgrass$2,866-57%3-1$955$163,45036Cinema Guild
51Daddy Longlegs$2,020-40%20$1,010$20,2313Sundance Selects
52Terribly Happy$1,604-60%30$535$167,97817Oscilloscope
53After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,513-40%21$757$5,1802Variance Films
54A Town Called Panic$85881%10$858$160,53624Zeitgeist Films
55North Face (Nordwand)$735-61%1-2$735$707,78918Music Box Films
56Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$568--4--$142$15,7963Cinema Purgatorio
57October Country$541-12%10$541$22,63616International Film Circuit
58U2 3D$390-86%10$390$10,328,890123National Geographic
59The Girl on the Train (2010)$367-84%2-4$184$201,70519Strand Releasing
60The Last Station$336-94%3-7$112$6,606,65420Sony Pictures Classics
61The White Ribbon$230-8%1-1$230$2,222,63222Sony Classics