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 Mon, Mar. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,201,106-68%4,046--$1,038$47,840,8421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,763,340-65%3,098--$892$33,137,1341FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,251,262-64%3,805-107$592$179,348,3523Disney
4The Call$826,670-64%2,5070$330$31,931,7262Sony / TriStar
5Spring Breakers$541,195--1,104--$490$5,806,9972A24
6Admission$509,622-63%2,160--$236$6,664,6061Focus
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$468,435-57%3,1600$148$17,880,2532Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$337,450-60%2,560-797$132$59,373,8344Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$259,920-58%2,166-676$120$128,030,2207Universal
10Snitch (2013)$177,431-63%1,807-546$98$40,475,1805Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$148,149-61%1,044-558$142$127,311,76319Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$126,415-50%1,134-1290$111$24,290,2564Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$114,532-53%1,279-927$90$69,032,5416Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$78,814-48%1,494-717$53$53,433,7136Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$79,934-62%489-157$163$122,626,70218Fox
2Quartet$65,108-59%425-263$153$15,979,38011Weinstein Company
3Stoker$40,038-59%275181$146$1,164,6894Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$35,227-61%612-1576$58$10,647,1853FilmDistrict
5Django Unchained$33,480-59%29630$113$162,040,91513Weinstein Company
6Emperor$33,159-58%237-74$140$2,633,8913Roadside Attractions
7A Good Day to Die Hard$33,131-63%448-669$74$66,293,8626Fox
8Side Effects (2013)$28,451-60%225-177$126$31,009,1247Open Road
9Warm Bodies$27,527-51%299-360$92$65,046,5348Lionsgate / Summit
10The Last Exorcism Part II$25,551-61%455-1120$56$15,035,0244CBS Films
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,174-61%20979$120$54,956,9809Paramount
12InAPPropriate Comedy$19,984-50%275--$73$176,3981Freestyle Releasing
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,797-58%235-70$84$302,715,73515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Dark Skies$15,839-61%205-498$77$17,031,3365Weinstein / Dimension
15Argo$14,250-59%185-355$77$135,533,39524Warner Bros.
16Parental Guidance$14,247-53%185-37$77$76,750,37313Fox
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$12,625-53%18863$67$19,317,1756Warner Bros.
18Rise of The Guardians$11,764-64%162-51$73$103,185,98418Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mama$10,400-60%130-74$80$71,441,26510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,675-62%129-112$75$148,682,84013Universal
21The Impossible$8,487-58%12318$69$18,744,83214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,544-26%520$203$11,793,72549Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$7,074-65%64$1,179$138,9992GKIDS
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,9870%300$233$22,275,981103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$6,36038%3-6$2,120$441,3863Gathr Films
5The Sapphires$3,879-66%4--$970$42,2511Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,910-51%28-17$104$350,6044Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,862-65%21-24$136$1,516,3245Arenas Entertainment
8Parker$2,447-67%55-37$44$17,589,3739FilmDistrict
9Camp (2013)$2,263-57%172$133$91,9545Freestyle Releasing
10Gangster Squad$1,910-79%500$38$45,970,13411Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$1,516-65%3--$505$3,472,0711eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$1,443-64%20-11$72$6,369,22316Focus
13Kai Po Che$846-78%18-24$47$1,106,4055UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$367-69%11--$33$4,6851UTV Motion Pictures