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, Oct. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$4,001,126-35%3,66085$1,093$132,525,3772Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,628,046-27%3,020--$870$31,919,5131Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$858,284-72%3,874-127$222$81,534,9343Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$455,268-20%3,0260$150$15,185,4452Fox
5Prisoners$392,319-31%2,855-381$137$54,548,7994Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$365,001-19%2,538--$144$4,653,1951Open Road
7Don Jon$286,550-23%1,996-426$144$20,830,4173Relativity Media
8Rush (2013)$276,720-26%2,130-178$130$22,872,3944Universal
9Insidious Chapter 2$203,191-37%2,156-451$94$79,040,9345FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$154,514-43%1,320-710$117$18,656,2313Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$103,093-29%1,150-456$90$146,772,71910Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$68,186-22%1,050-973$65$35,963,4385Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$195,453-22%606169$323$8,610,2464Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$80,338-32%980-583$82$113,742,4069Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$71,899-36%42841$168$4,428,8492Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$64,395-42%711-147$91$42,891,9297Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$46,365-31%461--$101$633,5001Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$41,258-41%502-9$82$1,859,7422Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$36,890-60%434-51$85$363,188,16015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$27,522-58%404-109$68$66,569,43810Fox
9Riddick$25,835-33%430-365$60$41,722,9406Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$25,507-35%147--$174$319,2241Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$19,743-23%227-14$87$131,890,32312Fox
122 Guns$14,940-22%166-34$90$75,456,71511Universal
13Besharam$12,789-6%126-91$102$670,5692Reliance Entertainment
14The Heat$12,41615%139-43$89$159,302,65216Fox
15Turbo$11,755-53%187-35$63$82,482,25013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Red 2$11,520-13%168-35$69$53,240,73613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Conjuring$6,413-17%145-57$44$137,288,63113Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$5,1734%54-24$96$2,790,90110Roadside Attractions
2You're Next$4,208-32%8742$48$18,484,6298Lionsgate
3Haute Cuisine$4,044-26%30-30$135$162,6234Weinstein Company
4The World's End$3,980-27%73-58$55$25,912,3418Focus
5Pacific Rim$3,357-43%52-40$65$101,794,72914Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$3,1511%63-68$50$21,431,60715Fox Searchlight
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,045-44%50-196$61$5,501,6224Warner Bros.
8Linsanity$3,037-70%167$190$197,3902Ketchup Entertainment
9The Spectacular Now$2,459-21%33-25$75$6,783,46211A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,137-19%135$164$52,2853eOne Films US
11Salinger$2,109-6%16-5$132$580,1356Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,348-10%41-35$33$16,075,77014Weinstein Company
13Populaire$951-8%21-37$45$168,8876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$947-50%16-19$59$6,588,3088Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$490-60%16-49$31$1,034,1904Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$315128%21$158$19,2833Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$97155%3--$32$1,8141Archstone Distribution