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 Sun, Sep. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$4,847,216-46%3,260--$1,487$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$2,669,014-59%3,155106$846$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$1,674,944-48%3,0910$542$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,094,668-48%2,008--$545$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,005,951-54%3,003-235$335$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,002,141-51%2,931-308$342$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$997,260-39%3,022-95$330$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$787,861-43%2,446-293$322$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$476,615-47%1,473-165$324$64,248,0827Fox
10Despicable Me 2$391,560-43%1,004-2$390$360,730,82012Universal
11Elysium$371,070-46%1,392-328$267$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
12One Direction: This Is Us$291,343-45%1,706-594$171$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$164,233-47%1,047-529$157$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,917,179-9%97845$1,960$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,059,737-17%318--$3,333$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3The Smurfs 2$170,069-38%596-97$285$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
4The World's End$168,079-50%833-410$202$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$154,160-49%752-156$205$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$129,243-46%269--$480$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$115,556-46%462-78$250$130,884,9169Fox
8Turbo$112,409-45%333-20$338$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$92,312-53%561-115$165$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$92,074-49%571-199$161$6,402,1368A24
11This Is The End$80,397-44%527-806$153$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
12The Grandmaster$68,432-36%473-232$145$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
13The Heat$58,152-57%310-26$188$158,674,18013Fox
14Grown Ups 2$53,676-58%258-36$208$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
15In a World...$51,314-57%1440$356$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
16World War Z$49,501-43%203-77$244$202,136,14514Paramount
17Salinger$48,612-39%138134$352$358,1073Weinstein Company
18Pacific Rim$47,929-41%202-52$237$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
19Getaway$47,405-48%515-863$92$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
20The Way, Way Back$45,490-58%324-97$140$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
21You're Next$42,870-56%532-578$81$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22Kick-Ass 2$27,135-40%201-142$135$28,751,7156Universal
23Jobs$26,650-31%152-87$175$16,052,6286Open Road
24R.I.P.D.$26,425-44%151-13$175$33,592,41510Universal
25Red 2$21,519-52%178-31$121$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
26The Ultimate Life$20,923-52%184-228$114$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
27Now You See Me$19,755-47%133-38$149$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$11,356-44%103-34$110$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$9,006-46%105-308$86$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$60,630-45%4--$15,158$286,5341Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$49,634-31%5--$9,927$187,2891Universal
3Paranoia$13,492-49%8817$153$7,329,4316Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$7,418-47%20--$371$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,366-42%205$368$106,2473Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$5,681-40%20-10$284$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,689-29%3--$1,563$15,3871Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,39510%184$244$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
9Unfinished Song$2,916-50%236$127$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
10Satyagraha$1,323-51%9-26$147$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$1,031-58%12-27$86$174,4964The Film Arcade
12Passion$406-42%4-8$102$91,1864eOne Films US
13Savannah$404-6%4-2$101$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
14Jayne Mansfield's Car$397-56%6-5$66$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$14558%1--$145$4411Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$75-89%51$15$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions