'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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Pain and Gain$20,244,505--3,277--$6,178$20,244,5051Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,803,425-52%3,7929$4,695$65,090,9252Universal
342 (2013)$10,657,443-40%3,405155$3,130$69,011,8153Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,591,663--2,633--$2,883$7,591,6631Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,726,918-27%3,283-152$2,049$163,151,7016Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,701,825-36%2,707-468$1,368$116,477,9685Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,434,451-44%2,733-669$1,257$27,471,3873Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,863,345-36%2,334-304$1,227$93,171,8176FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,727,243-45%1,58442$1,722$16,252,1145Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,374,685-41%1,848-482$1,285$42,065,0604Universal
11Evil Dead$1,986,168-52%2,186-637$909$51,853,9264Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,810,606-40%1,610-435$1,125$226,258,7458Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,215,891--363--$6,104$2,215,8911Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,152,905191%807723$1,429$2,251,0504Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,096,599-51%942-463$1,164$50,630,9225Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$557,850-62%25971$2,154$2,302,9412Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$460,871-71%370-11$1,246$2,290,1712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Jack the Giant Slayer$420,831100%365110$1,153$63,733,9389Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$379,907-62%611-745$622$25,866,9935Open Road
8Identity Thief$350,610-28%425-55$825$133,160,99012Universal
9The Call$324,055-63%513-464$632$50,727,6887Sony / TriStar
10Silver Linings Playbook$197,626-64%361-506$547$131,422,96824Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$187,024132%25291$742$42,325,85510Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$183,155-72%280-75$654$1,038,4482Anchor Bay Films
13The Sapphires$179,558-30%12612$1,425$1,415,7226Weinstein Company
14Escape From Planet Earth$161,78612%28343$572$55,050,33311Weinstein Company
15Safe Haven$134,035-36%259-66$518$71,088,72311Relativity Media
17Trance$113,194-72%157-286$721$2,119,9914Fox Searchlight
18Arthur Newman$112,788--248--$455$112,7881Cinedigm
19Warm Bodies$101,202-33%190-50$533$66,267,98513Lionsgate / Summit
20Quartet$82,237-47%130-46$633$18,005,35116Weinstein Company
21Life of Pi$80,301-50%131-62$613$124,666,51323Fox
22The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,296-57%185-80$364$22,465,8057Warner Bros. / New Line
2321 And Over$67,18471%13686$494$25,594,1659Relativity Media
24Side Effects (2013)$47,956-84%108-537$444$31,994,08912Open Road
25A Good Day to Die Hard$47,404-50%122-48$389$67,234,78111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Renoir$122,998-13%637$1,952$853,0535IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2To the Wonder$71,430-34%6011$1,191$381,4593Magnolia Pictures
3No (2013)$68,857-41%74-14$931$2,137,08411Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$57,15724%520$1,099$12,297,04154Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$54,846-26%44-4$1,247$800,7577GKIDS
6Hubble 3D$51,808-13%15-1$3,454$37,832,092163Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Spring Breakers$51,493-50%72-50$715$13,941,2517A24
8Upstream Color$48,530-30%4313$1,129$293,5864ERBP
9Camp (2013)$47,679-3%28-4$1,703$293,35510Freestyle Releasing
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,610--25--$1,784$515,5169Methinx Entertainment
11Wreck-It Ralph$35,847-32%80-34$448$189,412,67726Disney
12The Angels' Share$34,76610%2611$1,337$107,1243IFC Films
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,610-8%26-3$1,254$34,034,16819Disney
14The Reluctant Fundamentalist$30,920--3--$10,307$30,9201IFC Films
15In the House$29,028-8%96$3,225$74,9432Cohen Media Group
16Dark Skies$27,730-59%63-28$440$17,343,77510Weinstein / Dimension
17King's Faith$27,648--6--$4,608$27,6481Waking Giants Entertainment
18Born to Be Wild 3D$24,52743%300$818$22,531,773108Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Parental Guidance$24,155-57%61-29$396$77,221,85718Fox
20Kon-Tiki$22,168--2--$11,084$22,1681Weinstein Company
21Blancanieves$20,676-26%12-15$1,723$191,8055Cohen Media Group
22Room 237$20,026-25%21-6$954$223,6985IFC Midnight
23Ek Thi Daayan$19,986-70%470$425$103,3032Eros International
24Starbuck$19,199-26%27-2$711$3,725,9666eOne Films US
25Lore$17,963-23%17-10$1,057$856,60512Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$17,623-2%192$928$32,850,881220Warner Bros. / IMAX
27No Place on Earth$16,458-3%2711$610$98,5984Magnolia Pictures
28At Any Price$16,095--4--$4,024$22,2871Sony Pictures Classics
29Django Unchained$14,660-62%38-39$386$162,789,43218Weinstein Company
30Girl Rising$14,240-86%72-98$198$1,006,6978Gathr Films
31Space Station 3D$13,234-35%30$4,411$87,735,916576IMAX
32Graceland$13,059--15--$871$13,0591Drafthouse Films
33Tai Chi Hero$12,624--7--$1,803$12,6241Well Go USA
34The Gatekeepers$12,272-59%22-28$558$2,342,24813Sony Pictures Classics
35Ginger & Rosa$12,045-51%20-28$602$785,2267A24
36Fists of Legend$11,368-55%8-10$1,421$126,7713CJ Entertainment
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$10,055--2--$5,028$10,0551Variance Films
38Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,527-31%10$9,527$34,8562Kino Lorber
39Hava Nagila (The Movie)$7,62076%7-2$1,089$267,9559International Film Circuit
40Emperor$7,599-71%26-38$292$3,295,6288Roadside Attractions
41Storm Surfers 3D$7,299--2--$3,650$7,2991XLrator Media
42Paradise: Love$6,014--2--$3,007$6,0141Strand Releasing
43Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$5,841-44%10$5,841$24,3332Rialto Pictures
44Searching For Sugar Man$5,287-36%8-5$661$3,648,14540Sony Pictures Classics
45On the Road$4,830-63%17-16$284$717,75319IFC Films
4656 Up$4,810-12%61$802$686,32617First Run Features
47Deep Sea 3D$4,69555%42$1,174$45,518,944374Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,626-42%10$4,626$18,0772Kino Lorber
49Simon Killer$3,02459%53$605$21,3034IFC Films
50Amour$2,999-62%10-9$300$6,731,55219Sony Pictures Classics
51Not Today$2,813-86%3-17$938$147,6993Freestyle Releasing
52Gimme the Loot$2,809-38%70$401$90,8776IFC Films
535 Broken Cameras$2,785--1--$2,785$106,90248Kino Lorber
54Wrong$2,658598%51$532$43,3115Drafthouse Films
55Stoker$2,450-76%9-19$272$1,698,8959Fox Searchlight
56Leonie$2,086-48%3-6$695$44,2887Monterey Media
57Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,994--1--$1,994$18,0028Rialto Pictures
58Settai$1,827-56%1-1$1,827$87,2604UTV Motion Pictures
59A Royal Affair$1,733-73%5-1$347$1,545,72625Magnolia Pictures
60Sound City$1,701--2--$851$404,63513Variance Films
61Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,652-73%5-4$330$334,02114Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,580-41%1-2$1,580$17,8025Kino Lorber
63Koch$1,389-46%1-1$1,389$336,32413Zeitgeist Films
64A Place at the Table$1,014-80%7-4$145$221,1129Magnolia Pictures
65Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$982-78%2-2$491$20,4194First Run Features
66Hunky Dory$814--2--$407$18,0856Variance Films
67The Well-Digger's Daughter$774--1--$774$386,36841Kino Lorber
68If I Were You$700233%10$700$9,2227Kino Lorber
69Kai Po Che$534-42%20$267$1,122,52710UTV Motion Pictures
70Leviathan (2013)$423-75%1-3$423$53,9579Cinema Guild
71Wagner & Me$413--1--$413$37,74521First Run Features
72Herman's House$385-89%21$193$4,5082First Run Features
73The Silence$232-69%1-2$232$78,3638Music Box Films
74Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$227--1--$227$1,5214Music Box Films
75The Pirogue$165--1--$165$11,16514ArtMattan Productions
76La Playa D.C.$144--1--$144$1441ArtMattan Productions
77A Fierce Green Fire$82-96%1-3$82$26,7899First Run Features