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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$11,511,127-9%4,207--$2,736$152,777,6181Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,356,333-2%3,055--$1,099$39,801,8121Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,725,08916%3,08262$560$83,920,5603Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,177,6250%2,59155$455$54,320,5752Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,145,8656%3,375-396$340$221,950,5904Universal
6The Internship$1,136,48116%3,39933$334$33,212,0732Fox
7Epic$1,108,22435%3,151-443$352$97,639,9394Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$723,89612%2,331-821$311$212,456,6695Paramount
9After Earth$573,34612%2,432-969$236$55,601,7173Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$368,60513%1,649-702$224$400,353,8017Disney
11The Hangover Part III$368,2839%1,901-1341$194$108,740,1934Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$297,48618%1,175-985$253$140,526,6086Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$118,49236%368-46$322$182,856,75913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$78,80119%405-175$195$19,763,4938Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$69,14210%44474$156$93,833,67210Warner Bros.
4The East$38,27217%11574$333$780,3053Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$29,54514%258-40$115$88,833,3409Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$20,70510%201-35$103$98,428,06113FilmDistrict
7The Big Wedding$17,60733%16573$107$21,508,1458Lionsgate
8Scary Movie 5$16,6553%14190$118$31,562,36510Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,6185%170-66$98$122,141,30712Paramount
10Escape From Planet Earth$15,60652%151-31$103$56,716,57218Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$34,324-7%5--$6,865$285,7351A24
2The Kings of Summer$22,35016%6319$355$588,3953CBS Films
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$19,970-5%2318$868$429,7962Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$11,23915%63-7$178$1,265,1766Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$10,260-2%70-5$147$1,232,9368Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,52234%300$317$22,816,706115Warner Bros. / IMAX
7To the Arctic 3D$8,68875%520$167$12,819,89061Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$6,57319%76-58$86$21,342,28912Focus
9Pain and Gain$4,94814%70-105$71$49,299,8648Paramount
10Lost and Found in Armenia$3,379-19%2-7$1,690$90,2392High Top Releasing
11The Sapphires$3,20428%39-16$82$2,331,44313Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,64516%14-15$189$478,5437eOne Films US
13Quartet$2,028-92%25-89$81$18,364,41323Weinstein Company
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,98811%11-14$181$162,7084Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$81277%6-5$135$42,2232eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$71375%6-11$119$22,8382Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$63949%7-12$91$292,89410Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$46021%100$46$1,001,71914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$34913%1--$349$2,4581Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$31445%2--$157$324,15917Freestyle Releasing