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 Fri, Mar. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$11,645,354--4,046--$2,878$11,645,3541Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$10,062,141--3,098--$3,248$10,062,1411FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,637,056118%3,805-107$1,481$161,165,1893Disney
4The Call$2,673,485143%2,5070$1,066$24,877,6062Sony / TriStar
5Admission$2,053,839--2,160--$951$2,053,8391Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,326,922120%3,1600$420$14,417,3522Warner Bros. / New Line
7Jack the Giant Slayer$776,97465%2,560-797$304$56,864,2574Warner Bros. / New Line
8Identity Thief$758,08598%2,166-676$350$125,940,0307Universal
9Snitch (2013)$534,58091%1,807-546$296$38,947,1295Lionsgate / Summit
10Silver Linings Playbook$443,85486%1,044-558$425$126,022,39719Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$370,35267%1,279-927$290$68,150,4976Relativity Media
1221 And Over$345,35924%1,134-1290$305$23,480,6794Relativity Media
13Escape From Planet Earth$115,788-29%1,494-717$78$52,993,1656Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$182,95472%489-157$374$122,009,46518Fox
2Quartet$153,36522%425-263$361$15,489,59411Weinstein Company
3Stoker$100,808273%275181$367$872,1334Fox Searchlight
4The Last Exorcism Part II$99,16852%455-1120$218$14,788,0754CBS Films
5A Good Day to Die Hard$86,786-21%448-669$194$66,023,9686Fox
6Dead Man Down$84,800-55%612-1576$139$10,390,6683FilmDistrict
7Emperor$80,61227%237-74$340$2,397,5813Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$75,116138%29630$254$161,798,93213Weinstein Company
9Warm Bodies$74,57250%299-360$249$64,855,5108Lionsgate / Summit
10Side Effects (2013)$71,12339%225-177$316$30,782,2347Open Road
11Dark Skies$58,48936%205-498$285$16,887,9745Weinstein / Dimension
12InAPPropriate Comedy$57,753--275--$210$57,7531Freestyle Releasing
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$53,584403%20979$256$54,777,4179Paramount
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$49,32655%235-70$210$302,567,05915Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$43,257198%185-37$234$76,643,85413Fox
16Zero Dark Thirty$38,0425%215-235$177$95,514,57614Sony / Columbia
17Argo$37,583-12%185-355$203$135,414,41824Warner Bros.
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$27,920232%18863$149$19,233,8376Warner Bros.
19Mama$25,99597%130-74$200$71,403,24010Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$25,795-11%129-112$200$148,604,15013Universal
21Rise of The Guardians$24,25446%162-51$150$103,095,97818Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Impossible$22,57181%12318$184$18,682,02614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$15,014279%64$2,502$87,2472GKIDS
2To the Arctic 3D$14,239-12%520$274$11,750,99349Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$13,19760%300$440$22,249,000103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Gangster Squad$8,986105%500$180$45,947,24611Warner Bros.
5The Sapphires$8,632--4--$2,158$8,6321Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,21376%28-17$258$332,5394Methinx Entertainment
7Camp (2013)$6,640173%172$391$80,3565Freestyle Releasing
8Parker$6,173-7%55-37$112$17,569,6659FilmDistrict
9Bless Me, Ultima$5,437-18%21-24$259$1,496,1985Arenas Entertainment
10Kai Po Che$4,986188%18-24$277$1,093,5945UTV Motion Pictures
11Hyde Park on Hudson$4,406-1%20-11$220$6,358,02616Focus
12Starbuck$4,208--3--$1,403$3,459,2331eOne Films US
13A Resurrection$2,525--17--$149$2,5251Archstone Distribution
14Rangrezz$1,525--11--$139$1,5251UTV Motion Pictures