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, May. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$7,982,835-63%3,868--$2,064$91,684,8161Paramount
2Iron Man 3$3,206,057-70%4,237-16$757$340,868,0343Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,716,077-60%3,55015$765$93,398,9092Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$401,015-61%2,429-874$165$47,113,1984Paramount
5The Croods$345,066-67%2,373-277$145$177,369,8519Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Oblivion (2013)$258,595-62%2,077-693$125$85,846,6055Universal
742 (2013)$251,293-69%2,380-550$106$89,067,9206Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$176,527-68%2,0410$86$8,044,2842Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$161,841-57%1,443-855$112$20,470,0294Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$232,818-65%960108$243$11,893,2044Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$63,256-71%535-239$118$231,414,41711Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$54,328-58%466-370$117$97,386,8769FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$46,019-55%317-352$145$20,673,9958Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$32,957-77%409-341$81$120,555,0008Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$28,666-76%508-499$56$31,235,0426Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$25,795-72%693439$37$55,638,19314Weinstein Company
8Jurassic Park 3D$25,470-78%428-225$60$45,325,1507Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$19,422-73%250-31$78$64,808,61812Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$15,785-75%241-38$65$134,004,92515Universal
11The Sapphires$14,052-48%102-16$138$2,003,2109Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,982-60%231-70$48$26,553,1808Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$8,564-78%153-35$56$42,847,35013Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$8,541-61%150-128$57$51,856,3578Lionsgate
15Admission$5,664-57%129-27$44$17,960,6549Focus
16Silver Linings Playbook$5,187-58%131-192$40$132,033,86727Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$19,461-62%6139$319$439,1994Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$14,7504238%37-26$399$1,245,83411Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$13,363-66%2321$581$188,4662Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$12,14412%520$234$12,548,34357Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,240-43%241$302$197,0813eOne Films US
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,25863%300$109$22,654,779111Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Quartet$3,054-56%42-17$73$18,199,25819Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$3,027-50%90-34$34$71,327,53614Relativity Media
9Life of Pi$3,020-66%51-19$59$124,866,52526Fox
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,741-61%36-1$76$931,73810GKIDS
11Spring Breakers$2,048-42%11-5$186$14,051,64110A24
12Trance$1,956-50%23-17$85$2,297,5707Fox Searchlight
13Filly Brown$1,918-77%39-53$49$2,769,6115Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Not Today$1,661-56%61$277$178,4556Freestyle Releasing
15Dark Skies$1,627-71%323$51$17,413,55713Weinstein / Dimension
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,363-70%31-19$44$67,345,75514Fox
17Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,218-79%25-18$49$170,5973Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Starbuck$1,043-43%90$116$3,790,6669eOne Films US
19No One Lives$892-54%12-41$74$73,0332Anchor Bay Films
20Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$529-75%15--$35$7,1311Freestyle Releasing
21Emperor$382-78%7-3$55$3,326,98611Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$195-75%10$195$6,4732GKIDS
23Camp (2013)$79-77%2-1$40$316,65713Freestyle Releasing