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, Jul. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$7,898,760-42%4,0040$1,973$178,331,9532Disney
2The Heat$5,325,789-51%3,181--$1,674$44,440,8321Fox
3World War Z$4,387,159-52%3,6070$1,216$128,084,0782Paramount
4White House Down$3,053,125-54%3,222--$948$27,905,3831Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$3,044,020-52%4,131-76$737$251,621,6163Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$1,520,670-46%2,710-345$561$76,202,5063Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$939,335-45%2,564-259$366$105,732,1935Lionsgate / Summit
8Star Trek Into Darkness$354,877-49%1,035-530$343$220,945,9477Paramount
9Fast & Furious 6$348,750-53%1,550-867$225$233,700,5156Universal
10The Internship$241,154-43%1,008-908$239$41,952,9504Fox
11The Purge$196,350-42%1,122-1079$175$62,987,6654Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$163,901-53%540-384$304$405,557,1069Disney
2Epic$161,060-33%774-1220$208$103,171,1936Fox
3The Bling Ring$155,217-42%630-20$246$4,505,5673A24
4The Croods$86,912-37%307-17$283$184,506,35315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$80,268-55%22216$362$2,273,8344Roadside Attractions
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$67,297-46%255-107$264$142,443,3648Warner Bros.
7After Earth$51,077-49%331-835$154$58,298,4445Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$46,843-54%277-253$169$110,754,1786Warner Bros.
9The East$32,718-58%185-10$177$1,673,2865Fox Searchlight
10Mud$30,351-52%168-45$181$20,600,50510Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$29,536-44%252-73$117$94,595,29412Warner Bros.
12Olympus Has Fallen$15,413-51%165-12$93$98,785,63315FilmDistrict
13G.I. Joe: Retaliation$12,008-52%118-21$102$122,412,47414Paramount
14Scary Movie 5$11,460-69%122-12$94$31,825,53112Weinstein / Dimension
15The Big Wedding$5,792-90%101-40$57$21,805,33410Lionsgate
16Escape From Planet Earth$5,723-40%101-37$57$56,858,20720Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$13,759-64%89--$155$157,3751UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$12,478-53%48-17$260$937,6565CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$11,857-61%1917$624$143,6802Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$10,816-39%59--$183$66,4411Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$4,541-55%520$87$12,932,55963Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$4,436-15%18-11$246$2,397,51815Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,105-17%300$137$22,900,974117Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Kon-Tiki$3,969-61%34-19$117$1,366,60310Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$3,749-59%23-10$163$1,389,0938Roadside Attractions
10Redemption (2013)$3,233-55%19--$170$23,2101Roadside Attractions
11Lost and Found in Armenia$1,937-13%21$969$119,1284High Top Releasing
12Pain and Gain$1,817-51%26-24$70$49,361,79010Paramount
13Not Today$1,155-75%52$231$310,70512Freestyle Releasing
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$785-57%1--$785$33,14611Rialto Pictures
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$376-80%6-2$63$498,2589eOne Films US
16Made in Cleveland$180-57%3-2$60$10,0542Striped Entertainment
17Tiger Eyes$128--1-1$128$26,7964Freestyle Releasing
18Detention of the Dead$73-29%2--$37$1,4061Anchor Bay Films
19The Stroller Strategy$37-35%1--$37$3,2923Rialto Premieres