Grosses

'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Mar. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,692,504-18%3,9120$688$152,945,9402Disney
2The Call$1,170,623-25%2,507--$467$21,102,2891Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$671,181-25%3,160--$212$12,486,9051Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$501,199-19%3,357-168$149$55,616,1253Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$396,990-10%2,842-160$140$124,799,6506Universal
621 And Over$288,024-19%2,424-347$119$22,856,9793Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$278,625-15%2,35313$118$38,132,9114Lionsgate / Summit
8Silver Linings Playbook$270,057-4%1,602-125$169$125,339,82018Weinstein Company
9Dead Man Down$233,154-18%2,1880$107$10,117,3582FilmDistrict
10Safe Haven$213,842-10%2,206-335$97$67,558,4955Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$174,443-13%2,211-338$79$52,715,3815Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$123,325-4%1,117-608$110$65,827,3485Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$74,699-15%1,575-1125$47$14,623,7893CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$138,3013%688-27$201$15,210,92810Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$123,676-15%646-25$191$121,720,45017Fox
3Emperor$78,111-1%31150$251$2,253,4712Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$60,280-11%402-200$150$30,659,8736Open Road
5Argo$50,441-7%540-201$93$135,334,28023Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$49,255-6%659-393$75$64,731,1927Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$46,679-10%46634$100$181,548,49119Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$42,336-18%703-802$60$16,786,4294Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$41,424-8%450-72$92$95,440,19513Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$35,586-11%266-70$134$161,692,19412Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,509-4%305-32$103$302,485,95814Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$24,220-4%241-45$100$148,549,50512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,257-11%213-62$76$103,055,09517Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,016-10%2223$63$76,586,07312Fox
15Mama$12,140-9%204-10$60$71,364,0809Universal
16The Impossible$11,921-7%105-9$114$18,646,96713Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,181-13%130-95$86$54,713,1748Paramount
18Jack Reacher$9,171-9%130-64$71$80,061,78713Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,630-14%125-156$61$19,197,5105Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$30,785-23%9477$328$744,3083Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,366-32%520$199$11,720,65048Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,54461%300$285$22,227,548102Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bless Me, Ultima$7,24524%45-7$161$1,484,1674Arenas Entertainment
5Parker$6,158-17%9258$67$17,556,8598FilmDistrict
6Hyde Park on Hudson$5,50529%31-8$178$6,349,16815Focus
7Gangster Squad$4,432-9%50-40$89$45,933,87310Warner Bros.
8From Up on Poppy Hill$3,4062%2--$1,703$68,2731GKIDS
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,34212%45-11$74$321,2213Methinx Entertainment
10Girl Rising$2,760-82%10-3$276$409,2762Gathr Films
11Kai Po Che$2,539-2%42-29$60$1,086,8754UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$2,35523%1511$157$71,2834Freestyle Releasing