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, Apr. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,704,845-70%3,783--$715$39,759,3301Universal
242 (2013)$1,073,424-76%3,250247$330$54,826,9352Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$437,454-67%1,5421028$284$12,080,0994Focus
4The Croods$401,465-85%3,435-254$117$155,034,5025Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$366,505-77%3,175-360$115$111,566,6624Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$355,841-70%2,638-297$135$89,132,6365FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$347,817-66%2,823-202$123$48,804,7683Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$288,796-77%3,4020$85$23,086,9722Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$267,950-76%2,330-448$115$38,793,3253Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$168,203-79%2,045-459$82$223,894,9557Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$168,184-69%1,405-400$120$49,052,6404Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$71,920-69%1,356-816$53$25,250,7984Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$77,752-80%188--$414$1,556,0751Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$69,507-69%977-653$71$50,169,9506Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$58,400-62%355--$165$701,3421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$44,653-65%867416$52$131,075,52823Weinstein Company
5Trance$41,209-61%4435$93$1,867,6053Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$34,176-59%645592$53$31,837,82111Open Road
7Identity Thief$31,200-70%480-84$65$132,707,19511Universal
8Admission$26,947-63%485-424$56$17,479,4445Focus
9Girl Rising$20,762-37%170122$122$870,2467Gathr Films
10The Sapphires$19,289-71%11421$169$1,157,0165Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$16,637-65%32548$51$70,893,38210Relativity Media
12Quartet$15,334-65%176-48$87$17,859,17815Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,647-69%265-9$51$22,353,3146Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spring Breakers$13,605-53%122-304$112$13,845,3546A24
15Life of Pi$12,842-71%193-24$67$124,537,92622Fox
16Jack the Giant Slayer$11,667-79%255-76$46$63,272,7938Warner Bros. / New Line
17Warm Bodies$10,756-73%240-39$45$66,129,39912Lionsgate / Summit
18Escape From Planet Earth$8,071-81%240-36$34$54,857,45210Weinstein Company
19A Good Day to Die Hard$7,756-71%170-40$46$67,161,26910Fox
20Snitch (2013)$6,045-69%161-54$38$42,118,0379Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,954-75%112-42$44$55,687,02413Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,255-6%520$178$12,207,19753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Dark Skies$6,135-63%9166$67$17,299,2009Weinstein / Dimension
3From Up on Poppy Hill$4,969-78%48-1$104$727,3936GKIDS
421 And Over$4,346-58%50-57$87$25,509,8218Relativity Media
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,871--31--$125$456,7958Methinx Entertainment
6Emperor$3,562-54%64-32$56$3,277,8107Roadside Attractions
7Camp (2013)$3,353-69%3211$105$233,3989Freestyle Releasing
8Django Unchained$3,261-65%77-49$42$162,763,51717Weinstein Company
9Parental Guidance$2,707-79%900$30$77,187,61417Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$1,855-38%300$62$22,495,801107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$1,846-70%29-3$64$3,698,6245eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,606-39%1--$1,606$11,9461Rialto Pictures
13Not Today$1,508-77%20-21$75$140,1852Freestyle Releasing
14Stoker$1,248-55%28-2$45$1,692,1358Fox Searchlight
15Argo$1,095-72%43-129$25$136,020,54328Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$493-90%51-4$10$303,001,72219Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$493-51%2-11$247$124,8593CodeBlack Films
18Settai$143-84%2-13$72$84,5483UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$119-61%1--$119$2,2561Anchor Bay Films
20Kai Po Che$42-81%21$21$1,121,8589UTV Motion Pictures