'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, Mar. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

2The Adjustment Bureau$21,157,730--2,840--$7,450$21,157,7301Universal
3Beastly$9,851,102--1,952--$5,047$9,851,1021CBS Films
4Hall Pass$8,861,053-35%2,9500$3,004$26,846,8082Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$7,240,315-46%2,984-53$2,426$84,022,3254Disney
6Unknown (2011)$6,520,232-48%2,913-130$2,238$53,029,4963Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$6,431,246-39%2,920-624$2,202$88,131,3164Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$6,230,227-15%2,240-145$2,781$123,546,10415Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$5,750,190-48%2,903-253$1,981$46,488,6063Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,277,128-54%2,254-556$1,898$68,828,5394Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$3,464,679--2,003--$1,730$3,464,6791Relativity Media
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,281,157-57%1,642-1179$1,998$33,250,8353Fox
13Drive Angry$2,225,659-57%2,2900$972$9,103,9512Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Fighter$1,118,397-29%575-93$1,945$92,037,54613Paramount
2Black Swan$1,012,346-24%68164$1,487$105,118,88614Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$975,388-50%725-497$1,345$168,681,08811Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$821,12424%23599$3,494$3,391,0354Fox Searchlight
6The Roommate$585,489-70%606-1120$966$36,845,7725Sony / Screen Gems
7The Grace Card$464,774-54%296-56$1,570$1,697,6152IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Barney's Version$402,033-29%215-84$1,870$5,999,2988Sony Pictures Classics
9No Strings Attached$370,321-74%425-941$871$69,659,7947Paramount
10Biutiful$274,256-40%146-36$1,878$4,232,81810Roadside Attractions
11The Eagle$265,380-83%327-1241$812$19,143,4224Focus
12TRON: Legacy$243,434-26%239-37$1,019$171,363,35012Disney
13Yogi Bear$228,330-8%266-100$858$98,153,68112Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$217,521-67%269-398$809$97,037,5918Sony / Columbia
15Little Fockers$177,905-24%221-40$805$148,219,53511Universal
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$158,423-34%208-95$762$294,562,16216Warner Bros.
17The Rite$157,972-67%201-344$786$32,622,5196Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$151,178-35%185-63$817$103,994,95413Fox
19127 Hours$122,976-59%135-85$911$18,136,89918Fox Searchlight
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$99,350-36%156-48$637$42,572,63911Fox
21The Company Men$94,750-56%112-73$846$4,057,4397Weinstein Company
22The Tourist$91,513-35%142-52$644$67,631,15713Sony / Columbia
23The Mechanic$68,389-79%109-295$627$288,805,3346CBS Films
24Season of the Witch$56,965-45%109-62$523$24,744,4169Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Of Gods and Men$279,011-10%429$6,643$818,2462Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,181-8%49-1$3,024$22,552,19351Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Blue Valentine (2010)$95,826-54%96-71$998$9,408,65210Weinstein Company
4Another Year$85,335-37%66-41$1,293$2,901,26310Sony Pictures Classics
5The Illusionist (2010)$80,212-46%76-49$1,055$1,867,83811Sony Pictures Classics
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$70,973-25%130$5,459$1,457,229433D Entertainment
7Inside Job$68,431104%42-11$1,629$4,121,15322Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Sea 3D$61,621-12%17-2$3,625$27,388,824108Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$61,101-71%44-73$1,389$1,240,5254Shorts International
10The Last Lions$59,589120%1410$4,256$184,5603National Geographic
11Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$55,987-14%193$2,947$230,0733Vitagraph
12happythankyoumoreplease$35,063--2--$17,532$35,0631Anchor Bay Films
13I Am (2011)$31,90465%53$6,381$70,1963Paladin
14Poetry$30,30552%115$2,755$114,8804Kino International
15Rabbit Hole$28,738-46%55-28$523$2,119,97312Lionsgate
16Space Station 3D$27,517-22%52$5,503$82,966,770464IMAX
17Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$23,540--3--$7,847$27,8301Strand Releasing
18Unstoppable (2010)$19,491-45%34-32$573$81,557,47917Fox
19Casino Jack$17,35939%3013$579$991,31612IDP/ATO Pictures
20From Prada to Nada$15,800-72%35-46$451$2,939,1286Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$14,953438%75$2,136$117,4659First Run Features
22I Saw the Devil$13,567--2--$6,784$13,5671Magnolia / Magnet
23Putty Hill$13,231801%32$4,410$22,0203Cinema Guild
24Cold Weather$10,808-15%62$1,801$78,7675IFC Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,55221%52$1,910$756,26931National Geographic
26Winter's Bone$9,318-87%13-122$717$6,520,14539Roadside Attractions
27The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,7840%124$732$117,2847IFC Films
28Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,9033%10$7,903$22,8112Rialto
29Heartbeats$7,90110%21$3,951$18,6582IFC Films
30Public Speaking$6,4383%10$6,438$23,4582Rialto
31Waste Land$6,022-33%5-1$1,204$179,67219Arthouse Films
32Every Day$5,912117%20$2,956$41,7248Image Entertainment
33Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,857-12%41$1,464$59,8774Phase 4 Films
34I Love You Phillip Morris$5,485-16%13-2$422$1,963,87714Roadside Attractions
367 Khoon Maaf$5,333-88%15-53$356$268,6623UTV Communications
37Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541Tostie Productions
38Made in Dagenham$4,9549%6-4$826$1,043,69916Sony Pictures Classics
39A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,90935%31$1,636$19,3218Strand Releasing
40Kaboom$4,691-48%6-5$782$89,8286IFC Films
41Marwencol$4,188566%32$1,396$104,10022Cinema Guild
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,015-5%20$2,008$23,540,631179National Geographic
43Vanishing on 7th Street$4,000-43%5-1$800$19,3163Magnolia / Magnet
44The Way Back$3,777-81%5-10$755$2,705,6367Newmarket Films
45All Good Things$3,71416%51$743$547,95014Magnolia Pictures
46Bhutto$3,629--3--$1,210$91,16614First Run Features
47Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,143-52%30$1,048$419,82021Zeitgeist Films
48Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,659-42%3-3$886$181,8796Variance Films
49My Dog Tulip$2,245-34%1-1$2,245$216,95727New Yorker Films
50Four Lions$2,0831%21$1,042$308,76918Drafthouse Films
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,970--2--$985$20,1338Kino International
52Carancho$1,433-52%10$1,433$39,9574Strand Releasing
53The Strange Case of Angelica$1,233--2--$617$38,37110Cinema Guild
54Into Eternity$835--2--$418$15,6795International Film Circuit
55What Women Want (2011)$782-23%10$782$123,3255China Lion Film
56The Taqwacores$62742%10$627$11,17520Strand Releasing
57Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$502-26%10$502$41,12617Film Desk
58Enemies of the People$323-82%1-1$323$69,50632International Film Circuit
59Brotherhood (2010)$314-96%1-1$314$19,5253Phase 4 Films
60Orgasm Inc.$31157%10$311$21,7964First Run Features
61Animal Kingdom$297-12%10$297$1,042,34930Sony Pictures Classics
62The Woodmans$114-88%1-1$114$32,8807Lorber Films