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, Apr. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,358,320-27%3,025--$449$30,692,4601Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,158,417-27%3,73415$310$90,417,7762Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,039,125-21%2,771--$375$22,056,1851Universal
4The Croods$887,991-22%3,879-186$229$128,346,6203Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$808,208-17%3,059-47$264$73,763,9733FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$537,721-25%2,0470$263$40,373,6152Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$444,627-18%2,905-419$153$214,035,0375Disney
8The Host (2013)$325,463-24%3,2020$102$20,697,2152Open Road
9The Call$267,922-22%2,002-437$134$46,341,5454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$156,784-21%1,407-754$111$15,756,2053Focus
11Spring Breakers$123,663-25%1,072-307$115$13,026,2014A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$60,945-11%721-361$85$131,419,8159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$50,787-8%524-228$97$129,873,29421Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$40,123-19%535-1040$75$21,934,6864Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$39,561-21%502-578$79$62,594,8656Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$38,309-11%252-50$152$17,313,08113Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$28,875-24%269-71$107$124,014,25320Fox
7Warm Bodies$21,963-7%287125$77$65,651,81610Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,939-31%360-190$58$70,399,6578Relativity Media
921 And Over$18,008-25%180-164$100$25,336,7336Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$16,514-21%304-442$54$41,838,0827Lionsgate / Summit
11Django Unchained$15,339-14%183-50$84$162,594,38615Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$14,291-19%22516$64$66,840,0728Fox
13Emperor$13,909-16%120-18$116$3,152,3415Roadside Attractions
14Escape From Planet Earth$13,502-27%432-545$31$54,486,5328Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$11,400-8%180-22$63$55,474,10111Paramount
16Argo$7,170-21%172-88$42$135,920,87226Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,726-20%14671$39$10,847,1345FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,985-13%110-30$45$77,060,63215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$73,562-2%3026$2,452$1,300,9402Focus
2The Sapphires$24,601-3%6048$410$513,9273Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$15,53050%489$324$635,3635Gathr Films
4From Up on Poppy Hill$11,10313%4116$271$502,5844GKIDS
5Trance$10,8646%4--$2,716$163,5231Fox Searchlight
6To the Arctic 3D$10,387-22%520$200$12,055,71151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Side Effects (2013)$8,870-10%80-22$111$31,416,9589Open Road
8The Impossible$8,44012%80-6$106$18,929,32116Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$7,834-14%89-105$88$1,651,5696Fox Searchlight
10Starbuck$5,68210%3114$183$3,621,2543eOne Films US
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,13980%300$171$22,435,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$4,208-4%16--$263$84,7751CodeBlack Films
13Rise of The Guardians$2,815-15%89-45$32$103,409,73520Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,742-10%77-68$36$302,941,34617Warner Bros. / New Line
15Himmatwala$1,858-34%61-38$30$268,8132UTV Motion Pictures
16Settai$1,701-52%33--$52$59,8731UTV Motion Pictures
17Camp (2013)$1,547-6%82$193$133,4737Freestyle Releasing
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,503-22%55-60$27$19,450,4208Warner Bros.
19Dark Skies$1,2026%28-73$43$17,181,7687Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$968-10%6-5$161$1,562,6567Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$53639%2--$268$6,1521Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$423-27%12--$35$5,2991Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$73-32%2-3$37$1,120,1517UTV Motion Pictures