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, Jun. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$3,556,99020%3,68628$965$177,529,4552Universal
2Now You See Me$3,517,75419%2,925--$1,203$35,835,2581Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,328,22113%3,401--$685$31,904,8231Sony / Columbia
4The Hangover Part III$1,910,02619%3,56510$536$92,060,0462Warner Bros.
5Star Trek Into Darkness$1,880,97215%3,585-322$525$185,050,5863Paramount
6Epic$1,721,40924%3,89412$442$68,483,9512Fox
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$947,44417%2,635-455$360$130,263,0204Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$880,32617%2,895-529$304$386,823,2925Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$139,97224%579-133$242$17,138,2216Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$82,12524%506-502$162$180,736,85511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$58,18614%501-414$116$92,441,0658Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$46,50531%357-215$130$88,149,7007Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$33,74317%286-60$118$121,651,16410Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,89121%268-78$108$56,375,24216Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$16,07620%207-796$78$49,085,0766Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,50029%150-37$90$134,479,17517Universal
9The Place Beyond the Pines$12,69518%103-25$123$21,159,10510Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$12,35430%149-60$83$97,888,97611FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$11,65863%126-139$93$21,304,7756Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,13720%143-42$57$65,126,22814Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,97335%121-364$58$9,052,7944Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,56617%7410$224$927,9026Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,595-1%3913$297$924,7874Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,9115%4--$1,978$92,4501Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,43717%381$196$402,1225eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$6,87716%58-3$119$2,221,38211Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$6,54724%520$126$12,705,59159Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4326%300$181$22,734,777113Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,392-10%4--$1,348$70,3411CBS Films
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,60418%117$419$82,0832Focus World
10Girl Rising$3,680167%30-33$123$1,349,40713Gathr Films
11Not Today$3,50437%1813$195$248,6598Freestyle Releasing
12Spring Breakers$2,81619%40-30$70$14,118,51912A24
13Scary Movie 5$1,869-6%51-120$37$31,415,2058Weinstein / Dimension
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,260-1%12-12$105$985,48712GKIDS
15Quartet$1,244-22%17-13$73$18,264,89621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,10848%23-12$48$132,090,76629Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,045151%12-14$87$18,005,68611Focus
18Emperor$42886%6-2$71$3,342,72813Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1068%10$106$18,0282Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$20--1-5$20$20,8554GKIDS