'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, Jun. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

Wide (1000+)

1The Karate Kid (2010)$55,665,805--3,663--$15,197$55,665,8051Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$25,669,455--3,535--$7,262$25,669,4551Fox
3Shrek Forever After$15,770,491-38%3,868-518$4,077$210,022,5574Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$9,942,000-43%2,7025$3,679$36,401,0002Universal
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$6,486,150-54%3,108-538$2,087$72,228,3023Disney
8Sex and the City 2$5,438,000-56%2,750-695$1,977$84,659,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$4,521,206-43%2,305-702$1,961$299,282,3906Paramount
10Splice$2,942,000-60%2,4500$1,201$13,154,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$2,615,000-51%1,895-704$1,380$99,464,0005Universal
12Letters to Juliet$1,693,941-44%1,331-631$1,273$46,754,2425Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Date Night$601,291-22%430-228$1,398$96,266,71810Fox
2The Bounty Hunter$351,71674%236-13$1,490$66,418,93113Sony / Columbia
3The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$347,925-13%1622$2,148$4,506,6559Sony Pictures Classics
4How to Train Your Dragon$330,459-32%281-62$1,176$214,426,38112Paramount / DreamWorks
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$329,000170%333199$988$161,958,00011Warner Bros.
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$323,9153%17422$1,862$7,871,85213Music Box
7Just Wright$320,441-58%279-239$1,149$20,795,5715Fox Searchlight
8Please Give$285,2418%10316$2,769$2,088,0427Sony Pictures Classics
9Raajneeti$268,000-68%12413$2,161$1,287,0002UTV Communications
10City Island$262,771-15%159-18$1,653$5,655,54213Anchor Bay
11Furry Vengeance$175,180114%268143$654$16,821,9637Summit
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid$155,409-25%202-42$769$63,364,89613Fox
14The Last Song$152,67354%21091$727$62,342,31911Disney
15Alice in Wonderland (2010)$142,144-53%223-54$637$333,920,16515Disney
17The Back-up Plan$79,736-17%112-41$712$36,917,5098CBS Films
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$73,000-66%125-169$584$62,578,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Losers$55,000-58%127-79$433$23,528,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Solitary Man$369,703112%5331$6,976$871,0814Anchor Bay
2Hubble 3D$239,0004%481$4,979$8,092,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$164,351--7--$23,479$164,3511IFC
4Harry Brown$124,06741%6717$1,852$1,362,8667Samuel Goldwyn
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$115,151-15%430$2,678$2,365,2489Producers Distribution Agency
6Micmacs$111,188-22%4611$2,417$415,1713Sony Classics
7Winter's Bone$84,887--4--$21,222$84,8871Roadside Attractions
8Mother and Child$83,160-33%532$1,569$573,9926Sony Pictures Classics
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$68,018-10%66-36$1,031$42,192,7479Sony / Screen Gems
12Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$44,454--3--$14,818$149,2101Sony Pictures Classics
14The Ghost Writer$39,102-57%63-84$621$15,523,16817Summit
15Under the Sea 3D$37,00012%15-2$2,467$22,399,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Princess Kaiulani$34,897-20%261$1,342$771,4995Roadside Attractions
17La Mission$31,000--14--$2,214$942,00010Screen Media
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$27,019-34%43-38$628$88,718,74818Fox
19The City of Your Final Destination$26,00018%194$1,368$356,0009Screen Media Films
20Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$25,56674%157$1,704$509,11813Zeitgeist
22Holy Rollers$24,651-18%14-2$1,761$215,12920First Independent Pictures
23Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,160-34%82$2,895$226,2976Kino International
24Mademoiselle Chambon$20,908-21%51$4,182$93,6943Lorber
25The Secret of Kells$17,140-18%20-4$857$599,12515GKIDS
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$17,000-23%41$4,250$112,0003Rialto
27The Lottery$16,435--1--$16,435$16,4351Variance Films
28The Father of My Children$15,795-43%71$2,256$123,7444IFC Films
29The Square (2010)$13,4572%170$792$326,61510Apparition
30Kings of the Evening$11,156--4--$2,789$23,36618Indican Pictures
31Only the Brave (2010)$9,844--4--$2,461$100,3693Indican Pictures
32Chloe$9,410155%3424$277$3,037,54112Sony Pictures Classics
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$8,396631%65$1,399$61,06561Music Box
35Magnificent Desolation$6,900--3--$2,300$33,076,000247IMAX
36Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,6470%9-5$739$162,0636Magnolia
37Sweetgrass$6,60413%62$1,101$180,82338Cinema Guild
38Looking for Eric$6,346203%114$577$45,1595IFC
39The Little Traitor$6,27018%2-2$3,135$342,12227Westchester Films
40The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$6,239-61%10-7$624$170,2147IFC
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,0702%50$1,214$23,219,303141National Geographic
42Madeo (Mother)$6,006-23%110$546$547,29255Magnolia
43Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,206-63%20$2,603$23,3662Indican Pictures
44John Rabe$5,175-44%62$863$31,5514Strand
45Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$4,978--4--$1,245$4,9581Anchor Bay
46Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger$4,850--6--$808$13,5514Monterey
47Best Worst Movie$4,84111%20$2,421$51,8668Area23a
48The Tooth Fairy$4,600-73%13-33$354$60,013,00021Fox
49Our Family Wedding$4,600-58%8-10$575$20,247,00014Fox Searchlight
50Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$4,597--3--$1,532$52,45060Zeitgeist
51Everyone Else$4,59448%52$919$64,02752Cinema Guild
52The Eclipse$4,23547%92$471$128,93712Magnolia
53Double Take (2010)$4,176-10%10$4,176$15,1202Kino International
54Finding Bliss$4,100--1--$4,100$6,8002Phase4 Films
55The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,058-7%10$4,058$72,56210International Film Circuit
56The Joneses$3,46596%81$433$1,442,5709Roadside Attractions
57The Oath$3,233--2--$1,617$23,3706Zeitgeist
58When You're Strange$2,80129%20$1,401$238,63210Abramorama
59A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,789-7%40$697$2,076,96316Sony Classics
60Ajami$2,089-65%5-5$418$599,06539Kino International
61The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,055-71%4-5$514$117,89710IFC
62No One Knows About Persian Cats$1,796-55%82$225$79,8489IFC
63Whiz Kids$1,721--3--$574$3,6892Shadow Distribution
64After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,63318%31$544$10,0034Variance Films
65Valley of the Heart's Delight$1,632--1--$1,632$118,666138Indican Pictures
66The Last Station$1,406-69%2-2$703$6,615,57822Sony Pictures Classics
67Survival of the Dead$1,174-84%4-9$294$84,0573Magnolia / Magnet
68Departures$1,026--1--$1,026$1,542,50355Regent Releasing
69The Girl on the Train (2010)$941--2--$471$203,23521Strand Releasing
70Space Station 3D$800--3--$267$81,955,000426IMAX
71North Face (Nordwand)$754--2--$377$710,99320Music Box Films
72Tru Loved$275--1--$275$9,46787Regent Releasing