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, Aug. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,054,40713%2,933--$1,041$30,396,1241Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$2,458,24713%3,32565$739$74,332,0052Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$1,855,42219%3,2840$565$59,417,8392Sony / TriStar
4Planes$1,600,94013%3,71614$431$48,356,2072Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$1,558,20013%2,940--$530$16,272,9301Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,222,96421%3,08049$397$41,512,5942Fox
7The Smurfs 2$873,96842%2,349-1518$372$58,571,1363Sony / Columbia
82 Guns$778,36521%2,471-557$315$60,877,0203Universal
9Jobs$701,0116%2,381--$294$8,077,5121Open Road
10The Wolverine$655,64623%2,058-809$319$121,738,9564Fox
11Despicable Me 2$581,76010%1,818-577$320$347,223,8357Universal
12The Conjuring$522,1408%2,001-649$261$128,844,3555Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$449,98924%2,459--$183$4,342,2951Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$197,84412%1,241-861$159$127,767,7226Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$137,5753%759-1012$181$77,929,1315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Pacific Rim$119,31016%444-536$269$98,612,0276Warner Bros.
3The Heat$114,55817%691-660$166$155,685,5578Fox
4Chennai Express$108,63879%190-6$572$4,183,8262UTV Motion Pictures
5The Way, Way Back$96,5201%457-323$211$18,042,7097Fox Searchlight
6Red 2$92,93818%715-859$130$51,132,7925Lionsgate / Summit
7Fruitvale Station$72,51711%477-351$152$14,777,7596Weinstein Company
8World War Z$66,64214%307-198$217$198,428,7159Paramount
9Man of Steel$66,52810%365-61$182$289,760,85710Warner Bros.
10R.I.P.D.$30,45015%203-275$150$32,480,4055Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$29,56512%210-46$141$227,217,75014Paramount
12Now You See Me$28,56929%134-9$213$116,049,29712Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$18,29323%168-54$109$107,246,74313Fox
14The Croods$11,47629%114-28$101$187,013,17922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Fast & Furious 6$11,2807%141-50$80$238,476,00013Universal
16The Internship$9,1851%100-36$92$44,571,33311Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$54,7342%5536$995$1,183,5403A24
2In a World...$31,51317%3734$852$390,0502Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,546-1%88-47$74$144,825,92315Warner Bros.
4Unfinished Song$5,43637%43-10$126$1,581,8729Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,88650%36-17$136$4,228,51011Roadside Attractions
6Pain and Gain$4,733-6%8667$55$49,857,69417Paramount
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,227-10%32-45$101$32,237,7347Lionsgate / Summit
8Mud$2,30235%28-16$82$21,570,68417Roadside Attractions
9The Bling Ring$1,23635%18-22$69$5,826,67610A24
10Underdogs (2013)$1,008-39%4--$252$21,3851Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$763-34%8-2$95$1,578,63315Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$250-2%1--$250$455,6871eOne Films US
13Girl Rising$100-97%7--$14$1,517,23824Gathr Films
14Girl Most Likely$87-36%2-10$44$1,374,8885Roadside Attractions