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, Jul. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$12,070,94015%3,997--$3,020$165,658,0101Universal
2The Heat$3,472,73519%3,1843$1,091$92,638,5072Fox
3The Lone Ranger$3,331,18010%3,904--$853$55,067,9851Disney
4Monsters University$3,175,75824%3,739-265$849$221,990,7103Disney
5World War Z$2,524,26712%3,316-291$761$163,765,0883Paramount
6White House Down$1,903,46920%3,2220$591$53,968,8292Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,468,47715%2,905-1226$505$273,930,4204Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$933,04912%2,104-606$443$87,437,2284Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$445,02723%1,606-958$277$111,306,5186Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,082,024-5%876--$1,235$19,615,3731Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$169,74016%565-470$300$223,381,0608Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$135,74016%617-933$220$235,741,6457Universal
4Epic$99,76533%428-346$233$104,217,4607Fox
5The Croods$69,94534%269-38$260$185,247,32816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Internship$69,31114%379-629$183$42,892,3855Fox
7After Earth$65,05420%270-61$241$59,006,2706Sony / Columbia
8Iron Man 3$57,02527%294-246$194$406,512,88710Disney
9The Hangover Part III$53,28612%33861$158$111,355,1067Warner Bros.
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$53,13312%170-52$313$3,154,6795Roadside Attractions
11The Bling Ring$50,65814%159-471$319$5,214,8734A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$39,50918%185-70$214$142,980,9179Warner Bros.
13The Purge$33,2808%256-866$130$63,616,9405Universal
14Mud$19,91930%111-57$179$20,896,88211Roadside Attractions
15Pain and Gain$19,01814%170144$112$49,555,12511Paramount
16The East$18,15517%102-83$178$1,998,9246Fox Searchlight
1742 (2013)$14,47821%182-70$80$94,837,57713Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$7,4256%110-55$68$98,909,83216FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$49,0546%19--$2,582$648,1501Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$25,79115%7051$368$487,0943Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$13,0519%513$256$1,109,1976CBS Films
4Kon-Tiki$4,92843%24-10$205$1,414,67111Weinstein Company
5Stories We Tell$4,90538%274$182$1,448,7759Roadside Attractions
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,5884%63-55$73$122,485,27115Paramount
7Girl Rising$3,42027%18--$190$1,443,34718Gathr Films
8Scary Movie 5$2,4035%43-79$56$31,873,01213Weinstein / Dimension
9Escape From Planet Earth$2,36745%62-39$38$56,889,48321Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$1,75534%15-44$117$112,5352Brainstorm Media
11The Sapphires$1,152-37%15-3$77$2,425,56516Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$461185%2-4$231$502,24810eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$412-20%4-15$103$35,8862Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$272-61%20$136$121,4455High Top Releasing
15Not Today$100285%2-3$50$313,06713Freestyle Releasing
16Tiger Eyes$48-62%10$48$27,1605Freestyle Releasing