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, Aug. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$3,528,117-53%3,260--$1,082$41,436,2961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$3,417,121-57%3,284--$1,041$33,224,5141Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,491,030-58%3,702--$673$24,723,3211Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,862,526-53%3,031--$614$25,120,6391Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,309,237-47%3,8671$339$47,781,2352Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,256,620-61%3,0283$415$49,894,6702Universal
7The Wolverine$1,006,802-57%2,867-1057$351$113,017,3763Fox
8Despicable Me 2$910,125-47%2,395-812$380$339,391,9706Universal
9The Conjuring$868,235-51%2,650-465$328$121,540,4974Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$477,402-48%2,102-973$227$124,263,8985Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$350,351-51%1,771-1214$198$75,471,4254Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$247,603-49%1,351-723$183$153,829,8227Fox
13Red 2$229,793-56%1,574-1181$146$49,581,4384Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$227,167-51%980-823$232$97,006,9245Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$193,026-48%780-221$247$16,504,6476Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$171,140-73%196--$873$2,587,6531UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$170,711-58%828-258$206$13,624,6465Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$124,730-36%405-474$308$260,295,9058Disney
6Man of Steel$111,836-52%426122$263$288,793,8069Warner Bros.
7World War Z$100,750-45%505-407$200$197,558,8578Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$59,750-53%478-1225$125$32,029,8604Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$40,841-52%256-44$160$226,841,89713Paramount
10Epic$23,432-51%222-33$106$107,007,88512Fox
11Now You See Me$20,558-47%143-63$144$115,770,70511Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$18,145-60%191-39$95$238,304,78512Universal
13The Internship$15,847-45%136-36$117$44,438,53710Fox
14The Croods$14,368-48%142-20$101$186,869,37621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,982-43%135-93$104$144,724,19514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$34,088-56%1915$1,794$568,7802A24
2The To Do List$12,344-36%86-499$144$3,459,6833CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$8,976-48%77-137$117$32,172,0396Lionsgate / Summit
4In a World...$8,643-58%3--$2,881$79,1841Roadside Attractions
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,555-36%53-5$143$4,176,90910Roadside Attractions
6Unfinished Song$6,552-55%53-15$124$1,516,5388Weinstein Company
7Mud$3,942-52%44-18$90$21,542,30916Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$3,236-30%401$81$5,809,6969A24
9The Hangover Part III$3,197-42%46-57$70$112,189,82212Warner Bros.
10Pain and Gain$1,444-69%19-1$76$49,805,22416Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$1,007-47%12-24$84$1,371,0684Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$779-50%10-7$78$1,570,52114Roadside Attractions