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, Nov. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$2,112,73213%3,407--$620$30,997,9511Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,923,26141%3,065--$627$19,618,5931CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,761,51415%3,3459$527$64,862,7752Paramount
4Free Birds$1,229,96476%3,736--$329$17,735,2591Relativity Media
5Gravity$1,154,59529%3,024-683$382$220,939,4335Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$820,29032%3,021-122$272$83,899,2014Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$416,917103%2,430-681$172$106,768,3546Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$409,35632%3,0440$134$14,486,9712Fox
9Carrie (2013)$296,99225%2,252-905$132$32,371,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$259,49140%1,966-917$132$22,036,3653Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$522,20716%410287$1,274$9,923,4773Fox Searchlight
2About Time$122,49532%175--$700$1,291,8681Universal
3Enough Said$109,84229%662-173$166$15,004,9937Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,58213%13048$466$1,547,6213Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$53,22111%555-231$96$149,322,57313Warner Bros. / New Line
6Prisoners$47,14348%465-882$101$60,028,9847Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$43,16738%263-990$164$7,707,2794Open Road
8Rush (2013)$40,90542%303-374$135$26,561,6097Universal
9Despicable Me 2$32,44524%309-70$105$364,833,03518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,43851%312-132$85$115,115,70112Weinstein Company
11Insidious Chapter 2$26,0664%553-676$47$82,871,6938FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$23,68026%181-359$131$23,931,9376Relativity Media
13Baggage Claim$19,22328%294-300$65$21,258,6896Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$17,14331%243-215$71$2,087,5173High Top Releasing
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,69610%251-52$59$67,517,98113Fox
16Runner Runner$13,94533%237-732$59$19,181,0685Fox
17Instructions Not Included$7,34916%136-165$54$44,146,33310Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$6,39219%119-45$54$132,368,86915Fox
19Pulling Strings$5,88940%109-206$54$5,723,6715Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$27,45626%9--$3,051$310,1251Focus
2Diana$9,88617%38--$260$86,0741eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$6,82858%87-131$78$36,590,1448Relativity Media
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,716175%22-69$169$1,112,9724Relativity Media
5Turbo$3,40537%69-39$49$82,813,11416Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Grace Unplugged$3,08319%81-127$38$2,456,9325Roadside Attractions
7The Heat$2,87924%42-38$69$159,516,64919Fox
8Big Sur$2,008-18%13--$154$21,2871Ketchup Entertainment
9In a World...$1,886-12%22-10$86$2,910,19213Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,120-4%16-10$70$25,973,64111Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7881974%10$788$18,7422Cinepix
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$645-7%5-9$129$47,2376Rialto Pictures
13The Spectacular Now$41338%18-6$23$6,837,62014A24
14Linsanity$128700%4-4$32$260,0765Ketchup Entertainment
15Torn$94-45%2--$47$17,7113The Film Collective