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 Thu, Nov. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Last Vegas$1,396,793-1%3,065--$456$22,430,7361CBS Films
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,266,607-4%3,3459$379$67,446,6262Paramount
3Ender's Game$1,249,688-17%3,407--$367$33,751,3001Lionsgate / Summit
4Gravity$880,797-2%3,024-683$291$222,714,4925Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$721,08029%3,736--$193$19,016,4511Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$636,437-2%3,021-122$211$85,182,0164Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$246,517-21%3,0440$81$15,045,0372Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$241,98746%2,430-681$100$107,176,1806Sony / Columbia
9Carrie (2013)$183,990-12%2,252-905$82$32,765,6173Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$142,785-22%1,966-917$73$22,362,8353Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$396,347-7%410287$967$10,745,5813Fox Searchlight
2About Time$115,5555%175--$660$1,517,6731Universal
3Enough Said$100,3390%662-173$152$15,205,6767Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,7563%13048$467$1,667,6013Roadside Attractions
5Machete Kills$50,86624%263-990$193$7,799,0354Open Road
6We're the Millers$44,2804%555-231$80$149,409,43013Warner Bros. / New Line
7Rush (2013)$31,815-9%303-374$105$26,628,2697Universal
8Prisoners$29,295-8%465-882$63$60,090,0127Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,0950%309-70$75$364,879,30518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,1081%312-132$71$115,159,77412Weinstein Company
11Don Jon$20,798-6%181-359$115$23,974,9046Relativity Media
12Insidious Chapter 2$17,182-15%553-676$31$82,909,1098FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$12,439-13%294-300$42$21,285,3886Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,09521%251-52$48$67,540,06513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,2782%243-215$46$2,109,8433High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,124-8%237-732$43$19,202,1625Fox
17Instructions Not Included$5,372-19%136-165$40$44,158,31710Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,289-1%119-45$44$132,379,50615Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,169-12%109-206$38$5,732,6015Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,761-3%9--$2,418$354,3841Focus
2Diana$8,083-10%38--$213$103,1031eOne Films US
3Linsanity$5,381274%4-4$1,345$266,8945Ketchup Entertainment
4The Family (2013)$5,224-1%87-131$60$36,600,6308Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,36162%22-69$153$1,118,4114Relativity Media
6Turbo$2,9777%69-39$43$82,818,87516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Big Sur$2,52114%13--$194$26,0201Ketchup Entertainment
8Grace Unplugged$2,46311%81-127$30$2,461,6105Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$2,389-8%42-38$57$159,521,62419Fox
10The Spectacular Now$2,360178%18-6$131$6,840,82814A24
11In a World...$1,970-24%22-10$90$2,914,74213Roadside Attractions
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,543-4%5-9$309$50,3876Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$1,177-8%16-10$74$25,976,10111Focus
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5601900%10$560$19,3302Cinepix
15Torn$218-20%2--$109$18,2023The Film Collective