'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, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
22Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
23Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
26Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
28Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
29Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
30Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
32Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
33Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
34Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
35The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
36Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
37Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
38The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
39Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
40Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
41U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
42Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
43La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
44The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
46The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
47God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
48Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
49Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
50Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
52To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
53Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
54The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
55John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
57Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
58Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
59Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
60Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
61[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
62In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
63Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
64Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
65The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
66The Oath$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
67Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
68OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box