'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. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Oz: The Great and Powerful$79,110,453--3,912--$20,223$79,110,4531Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$9,839,135-64%3,5250$2,791$43,630,5042Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$6,334,220-35%3,002-228$2,110$116,545,1055Universal
4Dead Man Down$5,345,250--2,188--$2,443$5,345,2501FilmDistrict
5Snitch (2013)$5,098,235-34%2,340-171$2,179$31,853,3623Lionsgate / Summit
621 And Over$5,091,384-42%2,7710$1,837$16,875,3592Relativity Media
7Safe Haven$3,753,384-40%2,541-410$1,477$62,837,4814Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$3,618,171-37%1,727-109$2,095$120,622,51317Weinstein Company
9Escape From Planet Earth$3,218,923-51%2,549-561$1,263$47,844,1054Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$3,167,040-59%2,7000$1,173$12,129,6392CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,030-54%1,725-864$1,230$63,367,4314Fox
12Dark Skies$1,254,261-64%1,505-808$833$15,564,3883Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$1,015,996-61%1,052-878$966$63,575,3806Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$1,579,462-34%67145$2,354$119,367,61416Fox
2Quartet$1,254,859-30%715-10$1,755$13,245,6909Weinstein Company
3Emperor$1,014,099--261--$3,885$1,014,0991Roadside Attractions
4Argo$1,010,367-52%741-244$1,364$134,282,92522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$869,117-50%602-510$1,444$29,570,7875Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$673,810-48%522-200$1,291$94,628,36912Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$432,074-56%336-647$1,286$161,100,52611Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$430,380-56%432-220$996$180,834,31118Disney / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$404,141-29%314-38$1,287$187,906,93219Disney
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$378,93642%337127$1,124$301,874,93313Warner Bros. / New Line
11Les Miserables (2012)$307,455-46%286-66$1,075$148,136,22011Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$226,406-22%275-20$823$102,681,33016Paramount / DreamWorks
13Amour$186,413-60%205-128$909$6,310,15112Sony Pictures Classics
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$178,375-81%281-794$635$19,018,2604Warner Bros.
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$170,588-69%225-376$758$54,493,5057Paramount
16Parental Guidance$165,790-20%219-39$757$76,285,22911Fox
18Jack Reacher$134,722-29%194-31$694$79,892,19012Paramount
19The Impossible$98,058-39%114-37$860$18,486,44912Lionsgate / Summit
20Phantom (2013)$61,050-88%407-711$150$815,2602RCR Media Group

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Gatekeepers$236,006-6%6721$3,522$1,012,9766Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$150,44748%3524$4,298$493,6054Sony Pictures Classics
3Stoker$114,326-29%1710$6,725$328,8142Fox Searchlight
4Kai Po Che$94,819-63%71-33$1,335$1,013,7383UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$81,640--21--$3,888$225,2671Gathr Films
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$78,940-26%70-9$1,128$33,537,41212Disney
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,476-52%56-12$1,223$235,6512Methinx Entertainment
8Lore$67,24376%2917$2,319$255,9845Music Box Films
9Gangster Squad$57,345-38%90-48$637$45,857,1019Warner Bros.
10Bless Me, Ultima$56,296-69%52-131$1,083$1,387,0953Arenas Entertainment
11Hubble 3D$51,481-12%23-1$2,238$36,752,230156Warner Bros. / IMAX
12To the Arctic 3D$49,279-18%520$948$11,568,68447Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Greedy Lying Bastards$45,000--50--$900$45,0001Lambert Releasing
14Searching For Sugar Man$44,218-23%390$1,134$3,464,55333Sony Pictures Classics
15The Attacks of 26/11$42,087-74%510$825$223,8292Eros International
16Skyfall$40,701-45%69-32$590$304,360,27718Sony / Columbia
17Hyde Park on Hudson$36,997-27%391$949$6,288,21414Focus
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$35,337-50%32-10$1,104$12,748,00737Fox Searchlight
19Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$34,362--1--$34,362$34,3621Tribeca Film
20Hava Nagila (The Movie)$33,729310%1312$2,595$85,1362International Film Circuit
21A Place at the Table$31,727-66%350$906$152,7682Magnolia Pictures
22Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$29,062-27%22-1$1,321$211,1487Music Box Films
2356 Up$26,770-29%25-2$1,071$569,54710First Run Features
24West of Memphis$26,35898%2412$1,098$195,21011Sony Pictures Classics
25Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$25,573--23--$1,112$25,5731Cinedigm
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,664-2%300$822$22,123,476101Warner Bros. / IMAX
27A Royal Affair$19,984-26%13-6$1,537$1,410,42618Magnolia Pictures
28Movie 43$18,125262%6346$288$8,828,7717Relativity Media
29Koch$17,896-38%10-6$1,790$241,2476Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,985-28%40$4,246$87,344,128569IMAX
32Sound City$15,75846%152$1,051$354,7336Variance Films
33The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$15,521-79%15-33$1,035$2,111,4726ShortsHD
34Yossi$14,630478%86$1,829$98,7337Strand Releasing
35Beyond the Hills$14,622--3--$4,874$14,6221IFC Films
36Like Someone in Love$13,682-2%6-2$2,280$103,8824IFC Films
37Camp (2013)$13,265118%42$3,316$32,3463Freestyle Releasing
38Bullet to the Head$11,659-72%34-52$343$9,483,8216Warner Bros.
39The Girl (2013)$11,164--2--$5,582$11,1641Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
40Under the Sea 3D$11,00822%7-1$1,573$32,604,491213Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The We and the I$10,774--1--$10,774$10,7741Paladin/108 Media
42Broken City$10,733-68%24-45$447$19,666,2078Fox
43John Dies at the End$10,56360%194$556$117,3947Magnolia / Magnet
44The ABC's of Death$10,110--19--$532$10,1101Magnet / Drafthouse
45Rust and Bone$9,338-18%21-5$445$2,018,14916Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitchcock$9,190-10%13-6$707$6,002,70816Fox Searchlight
47The Monk$8,418--11--$765$8,4181IDP/ATO Pictures
48The Silence$7,992--2--$3,996$7,9921Music Box Films
49A Late Quartet$6,88366%71$983$1,561,57719Entertainment One / RKO
50Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$6,848--1--$6,848$6,8481Rialto Pictures
51The Master$6,360-22%3927$163$16,373,89226Weinstein Company
52Leviathan (2013)$6,236-31%21$3,118$20,1362Cinema Guild
53War Witch$6,206-29%20$3,103$19,7222Tribeca Film
54Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,842--1--$5,842$18,0198Kino Lorber
55Deep Sea 3D$5,024-19%4-1$1,256$45,449,241367Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$3,802-45%40$951$27,7486First Run Features
57The Sessions$3,664-63%130$282$5,997,13421Fox Searchlight
58The Waiting Room$2,41725%52$483$212,01624International Film Circuit
59Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,264--2--$1,132$58,97819Zeitgeist Films
60Night Across the Street$1,608--1--$1,608$11,7615Cinema Guild
61Any Day Now$1,502-3%1-2$1,502$188,35513Music Box Films
62Masquerade (2012)$1,189--3--$396$916,44225CJ Entertainment
63All Together$1,124--2--$562$39,65621Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Beware of Mr. Baker$924-47%10$924$116,47615SnagFilms
65Radio Unnameable$798122%21$399$22,00825Kino Lorber
66The Condemned (2013)$780-69%10$780$3,4892Strand Releasing
67The Sweeney$773-96%1-10$773$26,3452eOne Films US
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$678--1--$678$20,7276APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The Sorcerer and the White Snake$577-23%10$577$18,4455Magnolia / Magnet
705 Broken Cameras$391-77%1-1$391$101,78441Kino Lorber
71The Pirogue$367--1--$367$10,6817ArtMattan Productions
72Planet of Snail$344--1--$344$13,95733Cinema Guild
73Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$114-74%10$114$97,31623Roadside Attractions
74Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$106-1%10$106$2,7465First Run Features