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 Tue, May. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$6,761,446-15%3,868--$1,748$98,446,2621Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,858,1805%3,55015$805$96,257,0892Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$2,752,186-14%4,237-16$650$343,620,2203Disney
4Pain and Gain$392,732-2%2,429-874$162$47,505,9304Paramount
542 (2013)$267,0166%2,380-550$112$89,334,9366Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$258,7750%2,077-693$125$86,105,3805Universal
7The Croods$225,031-35%2,373-277$95$177,594,8829Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$203,91716%2,0410$100$8,248,2012Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$181,47512%1,443-855$126$20,651,5044Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$260,23012%960108$271$12,153,4344Roadside Attractions
2Olympus Has Fallen$54,1740%466-370$116$97,441,0509FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$52,853-16%535-239$99$231,467,27011Disney
4The Place Beyond the Pines$48,7276%317-352$154$20,722,7228Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$28,485-14%409-341$70$120,583,4858Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$28,436-1%508-499$56$31,263,4786Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$23,330-8%428-225$55$45,348,4807Universal
8Escape From Planet Earth$22,398-13%693439$32$55,660,59114Weinstein Company
9Jack the Giant Slayer$18,016-7%250-31$72$64,826,63412Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$15,545-2%241-38$65$134,020,47015Universal
11The Sapphires$12,299-12%102-16$121$2,015,5099Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,872-1%231-70$47$26,564,0528Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$9,0736%153-35$59$42,856,42313Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$8,433-1%150-128$56$51,864,7908Lionsgate
15Silver Linings Playbook$6,52426%131-192$50$132,040,39127Weinstein Company
16Admission$6,42313%129-27$50$17,967,0779Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$20,7927%6139$341$459,9914Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$13,8894%2321$604$202,3552Roadside Attractions
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,107149%300$270$22,662,886111Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To the Arctic 3D$7,596-37%520$146$12,555,93957Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,771-6%241$282$203,8523eOne Films US
6Girl Rising$5,690-61%37-26$154$1,251,52411Gathr Films
7Safe Haven$3,85627%90-34$43$71,331,39214Relativity Media
8Quartet$3,1292%42-17$75$18,202,38719Weinstein Company
9Life of Pi$2,997-1%51-19$59$124,869,52226Fox
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,564-6%36-1$71$934,30210GKIDS
11Filly Brown$2,32021%39-53$59$2,771,9315Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Trance$2,29217%23-17$100$2,299,8627Fox Searchlight
13Dark Skies$1,7658%323$55$17,415,32213Weinstein / Dimension
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,52125%25-18$61$172,1183Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Starbuck$1,41836%90$158$3,792,0849eOne Films US
16Spring Breakers$1,352-34%11-5$123$14,052,99310A24
17Not Today$1,141-31%61$190$179,5966Freestyle Releasing
18No One Lives$838-6%12-41$70$73,8712Anchor Bay Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$801-41%31-19$26$67,346,55614Fox
20Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$74942%15--$50$7,8801Freestyle Releasing
21Emperor$52638%7-3$75$3,327,51211Roadside Attractions
22Camp (2013)$210166%2-1$105$316,86713Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$2024%10$202$6,6752GKIDS