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, Jun. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,585,005-65%4,207--$2,991$141,266,4911Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,418,182-45%3,055--$1,119$36,445,4791Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,489,555-59%3,08262$483$82,195,4713Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,180,105-47%2,59155$455$53,142,9502Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,080,770-65%3,375-396$320$220,804,7254Universal
6The Internship$975,680-52%3,39933$287$32,075,5922Fox
7Epic$818,187-62%3,151-443$260$96,531,7154Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$645,825-75%2,331-821$277$211,732,7735Paramount
9After Earth$512,314-64%2,432-969$211$55,028,3713Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$339,209-54%1,901-1341$178$108,371,9104Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$326,102-72%1,649-702$198$399,985,1967Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$251,248-47%1,175-985$214$140,229,1226Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$86,817-54%368-46$236$182,738,26713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$66,245-62%405-175$164$19,684,6928Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$63,041-61%44474$142$93,764,53010Warner Bros.
4The East$32,773-61%11574$285$742,0333Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$25,905-56%258-40$100$88,803,7959Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$18,850-60%201-35$94$98,407,35613FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$16,185-36%14190$115$31,545,71010Weinstein / Dimension
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,778-59%170-66$93$122,124,68912Paramount
9The Big Wedding$13,257-45%16573$80$21,490,5388Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$10,299-51%151-31$68$56,700,96618Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$37,016-44%5--$7,403$251,4111A24
2Quartet$26,229763%25-89$1,049$18,362,38523Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$21,065-58%2318$916$409,8262Roadside Attractions
4The Kings of Summer$19,251-63%6319$306$566,0453CBS Films
5Kon-Tiki$10,440-62%70-5$149$1,222,6768Weinstein Company
6Stories We Tell$9,780-60%63-7$155$1,253,9376Roadside Attractions
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,104136%300$237$22,807,184115Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$5,532-42%76-58$73$21,335,71612Focus
9To the Arctic 3D$4,955-49%520$95$12,811,20261Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Pain and Gain$4,346-59%70-105$62$49,294,9168Paramount
11Lost and Found in Armenia$4,15015%2-7$2,075$86,8602High Top Releasing
12The Sapphires$2,494-61%39-16$64$2,328,23913Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,283-47%14-15$163$475,8987eOne Films US
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,788-43%11-14$163$160,7204Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$459-66%6-5$77$41,4112eOne Films US
16Not Today$428-74%7-12$61$292,25510Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$408-83%6-11$68$22,1252Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$381-87%100$38$1,001,25914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$310-45%1--$310$2,1091Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$217-51%2--$109$323,84517Freestyle Releasing