'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, May. 16 - Sun, May. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Godzilla (2014)$93,188,384--3,952--$23,580$93,188,3841Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$25,065,895-49%3,31132$7,570$90,591,1002Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$16,803,227-53%3,991-333$4,210$172,169,8643Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$10,515,659--3,019--$3,483$10,515,6591Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$6,307,823-34%3,054-252$2,065$71,672,0164Fox
6Heaven is for Real$4,380,052-41%2,893-155$1,514$82,228,5935Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$3,739,890-26%2,371-602$1,577$117,991,2156Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,664,058-36%2,271-430$1,613$250,532,3047Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,957,456-48%2,578-80$759$6,564,4772Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$1,773,470-59%1,0462$1,695$7,200,9022Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1Divergent$1,164,742-33%991-242$1,175$146,789,7429Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,041,698-33%630-140$1,653$55,478,50411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$940,44693%173128$5,436$1,767,7443Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$737,811-48%780-220$946$58,924,1639Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$524,5987%355-46$1,478$254,342,25015Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$506,100-69%724-1230$699$19,609,9464Relativity Media
7Fading Gigolo$398,857-46%35616$1,120$2,681,3455Millennium Entertainment
9Draft Day$369,998-56%495-325$747$28,393,6176Lionsgate / Summit
10The Railway Man$305,568-30%1832$1,670$2,749,9466Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$304,7541%319-38$955$109,303,05411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Transcendence$279,951-21%315-200$889$22,635,8405Warner Bros.
13Non-Stop (2014)$268,295-18%220-16$1,220$91,439,40012Universal
16The Lunchbox$162,421-33%130-23$1,249$3,681,95312Sony Pictures Classics
17300: Rise of an Empire$162,271105%155-36$1,047$106,488,12811Warner Bros.
18The Quiet Ones$161,124-78%341-792$473$8,357,4634Lionsgate
19Need For Speed$124,2237%160-36$776$43,369,17910Disney / DreamWorks
20Muppets Most Wanted$104,091-41%195-90$534$50,154,1799Disney
21A Haunted House 2$92,425-73%124-402$745$17,059,6495Open Road
22Oculus$81,161-68%140-270$580$27,431,0316Relativity Media
23Frozen (2013)$43,107-30%112-30$385$400,523,07926Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Chef$708,690246%7266$9,843$991,5622Open Road
2Fed Up$184,00746%5537$3,346$369,2082RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$142,8029%371$3,860$1,833,4177Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ida (2014)$127,06749%2114$6,051$346,5123Music Box Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$122,498-31%953$1,289$1,288,5366Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$106,19467%3632$2,950$199,3592Tribeca Film
7RoboCop (2014)$101,754-22%81-65$1,256$58,607,00714Sony / Columbia
8Under the Skin (2014)$77,587-39%56-37$1,385$2,224,8257A24
9God's Pocket$75,558252%8077$944$104,4012IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$72,6552%150$4,844$2,696,69025IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The German Doctor$63,1920%394$1,620$275,5534IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Finding Vivian Maier$63,005-45%64-33$984$1,240,1468IFC Films
13Hubble 3D$57,10220%16-3$3,569$44,130,086218Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Monuments Men$53,495-31%94-28$569$78,031,62015Sony / Columbia
15The Immigrant$44,064--3--$14,688$44,0641Weinstein Company
162 States$35,949-61%32-27$1,123$2,221,6765UTV Motion Pictures
17Jerusalem 3D$34,438-30%14-6$2,460$4,139,61335National Geographic
18Le Week-End$34,143-40%40-25$854$2,155,85710Music Box Films
19The Double (2014)$29,690103%1210$2,474$53,3442Magnolia Pictures
20Chinese Puzzle$23,544--2--$11,772$23,5441Cohen Media Group
21The Hornet's Nest$23,039-13%1713$1,355$53,5262Freestyle Releasing
22Bad Words$21,032147%8354$253$7,764,02710Focus
23Particle Fever$18,841--11--$1,713$829,58411Abramorama / Bond 360
24The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$15,046-24%153$1,003$205,4687Zeitgeist Films
25Jodorowsky's Dune$10,662-68%1410$762$556,8839Sony Pictures Classics
26Blue Ruin$9,240-80%24-37$385$239,0564RADiUS-TWC
27Under the Sea 3D$7,94441%7-6$1,135$33,952,720275Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Son of God$7,843-61%46-22$171$59,681,11712Fox
29To the Arctic 3D$7,516174%50$1,503$14,048,157109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,444-75%8-11$931$117,8825Rialto Pictures
31The Raid 2$6,850-51%11-11$623$2,602,1228Sony Pictures Classics
32Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,8039%7-6$972$763,0869Magnolia Pictures
33Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$5,066--1--$5,066$5,0661International Film Circuit
34Half of a Yellow Sun$4,843--1--$4,843$4,8431Monterey Media
35The Wind Rises$4,830-13%132$372$5,201,87913Disney
36Young and Beautiful$4,684-38%3-4$1,561$31,7454IFC Films
37Redwood Highway$4,515-33%3-1$1,505$17,6746Monterey Media
38Rob the Mob$4,466-6%60$744$206,9099Millennium Entertainment
39Dancing in Jaffa$4,348-46%8-5$544$134,4846IFC Films
40For No Good Reason$4,27515%7-1$611$28,2644Sony Pictures Classics
41Tim's Vermeer$4,056-8%7-1$579$1,662,56616Sony Pictures Classics
42Philomena$3,716-25%9-4$413$37,707,71926Weinstein Company
43Born to Be Wild 3D$3,21814%104$322$23,318,874163Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Alan Partridge$2,64069%4-3$660$152,2117Magnolia Pictures
45Next Year Jerusalem$2,590--1--$2,590$2,5901First Run Features
4650 to 1$2,530-73%6-5$422$685,7319Ten Furlongs
47Tasting Menu$2,482696%43$621$12,7385Magnolia Pictures
48Joe (2014)$2,334-78%10-13$233$371,8976Roadside Attractions
49Horses of God$2,251--1--$2,251$3,7791Kino Lorber
50Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,980-67%6-7$330$314,9197Magnolia Pictures
51The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,846--1--$1,846$1,8461First Run Features
52Bicycling with Molière$1,823-60%4-1$456$32,9274Strand Releasing
53Hateship Loveship$1,783-51%3-5$594$50,5736IFC Films
54Manakamana$1,48750%10$1,487$14,8675Cinema Guild
55Stage Fright (2014)$1,455-59%10-1$146$6,0212Magnolia / Magnet
56For a Woman$1,4040%42$351$13,9193Film Movement
57Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$1,190-76%10$1,190$11,2782Cohen Media Group
58That Demon Within$1,156-31%1-1$1,156$169,5965China Lion Film
59Ilo Ilo$1,060-56%31$353$37,6907Film Movement
60The Protector 2$99865%10$998$2,3173Magnolia / Magnet
61The Jewish Cardinal$860-60%30$287$127,35619Film Movement
62The Unknown Known$6594%3-3$220$266,8707RADiUS-TWC
63A People Uncounted$390--1--$390$3901First Run Features
64The Missing Picture$3326%21$166$49,7689Strand Releasing
6520 Feet from Stardom$220-12%10$220$4,945,35949RADiUS-TWC
66In Bloom$128-69%1-1$128$51,21419Big World Pictures
67No God, No Master$79-88%1-3$79$6,7388Monterey Media