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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$2,686,990-19%2,536--$1,060$40,055,4551Universal
2Now You See Me$2,433,6931%3,02095$806$65,767,9002Lionsgate / Summit
3Fast & Furious 6$2,072,205-4%3,77185$550$207,032,3803Universal
4The Internship$1,815,568-11%3,366--$539$21,171,9171Fox
5Epic$1,450,4731%3,594-300$404$86,810,2723Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$1,378,3853%3,152-433$437$202,578,9284Paramount
7After Earth$1,228,770-1%3,4010$361$48,575,8332Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$847,163-7%3,242-323$261$104,095,9823Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$654,328-2%2,351-544$278$395,606,6916Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$603,2670%2,160-475$279$137,373,9785Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$137,9744%5801$238$18,860,3397Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$109,4511%414-92$264$181,866,31112Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$42,475-12%370-131$115$93,015,7729Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$32,7804%298-59$110$88,538,1408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$27,9020%23687$118$98,166,65012FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,7063%236-50$109$121,950,86211Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,55616%182-86$118$56,588,42617Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,23121%1309$109$9,149,8575Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2594%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$11,1475%175-32$64$49,237,6517Paramount
11Quartet$6,82951%11497$60$18,313,48622Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$25,393-12%4440$577$348,8662CBS Films
2The East$21,122-15%4137$515$382,0302Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$16,9722%7031$242$1,125,1975Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,3600%751$191$1,105,2867Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,947-14%5--$2,589$199,9581Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,95884%300$265$22,772,524114Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sapphires$7,24916%55-3$132$2,289,74612Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$6,98841%92-34$76$21,385,8847Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$6,83244%520$131$12,766,05360Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Lost and Found in Armenia$6,765-9%9--$752$64,0691High Top Releasing
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,27312%29-9$182$455,8666eOne Films US
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,641-8%2514$186$138,3693Focus World
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,924-3%58-85$68$65,179,82915Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,462-12%11--$224$31,1931eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,1192%510$42$31,438,0519Weinstein / Dimension
16Not Today$1,84467%191$97$281,4509Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,343-4%17--$79$13,6091Freestyle Releasing
18Hello Herman$508-24%15--$34$7,1641Freestyle Releasing
19From Up on Poppy Hill$448-22%10-2$45$994,53313GKIDS
20Emperor$26232%5-1$52$3,345,78014Roadside Attractions
21Spring Breakers$192-40%5-35$38$14,124,28613A24
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$16100%3--$5$2,5362Cinema Purgatorio