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 Wed, Sep. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,181,365-28%3,107--$380$23,256,6001Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$756,438-18%3,3300$227$93,744,2294Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$637,401-17%3,4450$185$125,600,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$304,528-18%2,241-298$136$86,061,7535Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$222,865-16%1,520-33$147$22,472,6683Focus
6This Is The End$203,004-14%2,1612127$94$99,474,53813Sony / Columbia
7Planes$198,407-10%3,033-226$65$79,727,2355Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$157,523-25%2,519-599$63$28,371,4833Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$151,231-23%2,1355$71$9,171,6702Warner Bros.
102 Guns$128,150-15%1,165-246$110$72,467,6956Universal
11You're Next$121,221-15%1,902-535$64$17,293,1753Lionsgate
12One Direction: This Is Us$114,679-40%2,7350$42$24,371,3482Sony / TriStar
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,402-26%2,045-348$49$60,110,2145Fox
14Despicable Me 2$63,010-20%1,050-234$60$357,768,32510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$460,252-10%717369$642$21,917,9612Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$101,794-14%80455$127$5,271,8383Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$94,158-14%8700$108$5,307,0102Focus
4The Spectacular Now$68,9802%41530$166$4,971,0836A24
5The Wolverine$61,569-21%698-290$88$129,607,5657Fox
6The Conjuring$53,159-12%716-187$74$135,355,2748Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-29%662-984$75$28,263,3704Universal
8Jobs$41,312-23%502-800$82$15,652,8374Open Road
9The Way, Way Back$40,778-4%550-104$74$20,524,88610Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$40,374-21%412--$98$792,8891High Top Releasing
11World War Z$39,713-10%374-873$106$201,480,80012Paramount
12The Smurfs 2$31,735-31%949-417$33$68,284,3986Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$30,280-12%350-43$87$157,986,71111Fox
14In a World...$28,4261%10211$279$1,745,6035Roadside Attractions
15Pacific Rim$26,575-17%307-94$87$100,944,2269Warner Bros.
16Monsters University$25,277-8%596-1293$42$265,067,07012Disney
17Turbo$21,880-1%358-80$61$80,680,4028Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,125-3%205-34$79$117,433,60415Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$12,67212%188-106$67$15,794,6309Weinstein Company
20Red 2$12,520-21%250-11$50$52,483,8608Lionsgate / Summit
21R.I.P.D.$10,860-8%1810$60$33,317,2108Universal
22Man of Steel$9,1551%201-83$46$290,951,71113Warner Bros.
23Paranoia$5,412-43%178-214$30$7,212,8794Relativity Media
24Star Trek Into Darkness$5,176-14%106-852$49$228,773,45017Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,769-4%4--$1,692$107,2291Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$6,263-51%79-4$79$696,0102UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$3,528-47%53-40$67$5,233,4925UTV Motion Pictures
4Populaire$2,28921%3--$763$21,3431Weinstein Company
5Epic$2,12620%56-24$38$107,497,64016Fox
6Passion$1,9483%13-1$150$77,3302eOne Films US
7Unfinished Song$1,83134%214$87$1,652,08312Weinstein Company
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,754100%1--$1,754$12,1861Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,66819%196$88$4,283,41414Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$840-27%9--$93$1,594,04718Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$46448%50$93$30,7983Ketchup Entertainment
12The Servant (2013 re-issue)$287116%1-1$287$37,2027Rialto Pictures
13Mud$18525%4-2$46$21,589,88720Roadside Attractions
14Girl Most Likely$99450%2--$50$1,378,5758Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$92100%10$92$34,9904Freestyle Releasing