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. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$5,644,230-57%4,0036$1,410$234,021,0052Universal
2Grown Ups 2$4,759,943-55%3,491--$1,363$46,268,5151Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$4,057,108-59%3,275--$1,239$41,342,4331Warner Bros.
4The Heat$1,768,845-56%3,128-56$565$114,134,4023Fox
5Monsters University$1,518,056-50%3,142-597$483$239,289,0594Disney
6The Lone Ranger$1,406,510-57%3,9040$360$72,873,8022Disney
7World War Z$1,217,477-56%3,003-313$405$178,189,2594Paramount
8White House Down$752,815-57%2,566-656$293$63,728,3813Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$592,243-58%2,150-755$275$281,481,2055Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$424,552-51%1,394-710$305$92,063,5635Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$505,192-59%89216$566$26,637,6532Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$184,667-51%850-756$217$113,496,5337Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$98,296-51%403-162$244$224,459,2019Paramount
4Epic$74,949-47%352-76$213$104,947,2428Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$66,640-52%392-225$170$236,599,8108Universal
6The Croods$42,893-44%243-26$177$185,672,99417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7After Earth$41,601-51%238-32$175$59,425,1757Sony / Columbia
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$32,454-57%138-32$235$3,559,2806Roadside Attractions
9The Internship$31,668-47%233-146$136$43,252,3736Fox
10The Hangover Part III$28,909-53%265-73$109$111,680,5168Warner Bros.
11The Purge$26,850-44%179-77$150$63,860,8256Universal
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,950-54%125-60$200$143,243,72610Warner Bros.
13Mud$17,184-57%1132$152$21,087,76512Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$10,652-57%150-20$71$49,673,80912Paramount
1542 (2013)$9,220-46%105-77$88$94,937,07014Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$121,030-64%7960$1,532$1,987,3662Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$53,383-56%7--$7,626$439,6741Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$25,878-63%9121$284$811,0644Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$23,432-52%97-62$242$5,481,5845A24
5Scary Movie 5$13,141-53%33-10$398$31,971,08514Weinstein / Dimension
6Escape From Planet Earth$10,747-49%55-7$195$56,968,79822Weinstein Company
7The East$10,485-61%71-31$148$2,136,5757Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$9,794-53%565$175$1,216,5057CBS Films
9Kon-Tiki$2,925-67%21-3$139$1,447,95912Weinstein Company
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,811-55%41-22$69$122,514,86316Paramount
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,42667%20$1,213$510,84511eOne Films US
12Stories We Tell$2,274-74%281$81$1,486,34810Roadside Attractions
13The Sapphires$1,598-50%150$107$2,440,85117Weinstein Company
14Pawn Shop Chronicles$644-56%15--$43$5,5681Anchor Bay Films
15Copperhead$402-58%5-10$80$119,5453Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$256-68%5--$51$3,9781Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$199-74%1-1$199$317,36414Freestyle Releasing