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 Fri, Nov. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$31,570,448111%4,1630$7,584$253,686,5042Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$26,840,236143%3,7423741$7,173$53,382,1362Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,477,422118%3,286-427$1,363$180,097,2124Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,373,905144%1,717-324$1,965$58,289,4603Universal
5Delivery Man$2,736,52590%3,0360$901$15,257,0672Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,632,10188%2,570--$1,024$5,457,2791Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,901,112132%1,2341164$1,541$4,901,1714Fox
8Black Nativity$1,559,704132%1,516--$1,029$2,669,8971Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,097,73795%1,854-1072$592$57,003,8845CBS Films
10Gravity$1,074,976110%1,016-829$1,058$248,217,8379Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$901,375140%1,165-309$774$31,751,5797Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$840,930125%2,287-784$368$52,272,6615Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$726,44795%1,503-1122$483$97,739,6566Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,332,828209%835831$1,596$2,294,2462Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,015,246165%69630$1,459$8,713,7745Focus
3Ender's Game$515,819150%843-1192$612$58,682,2715Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$499,397113%807-849$619$102,075,3488Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$338,31183%583--$580$735,5941FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$281,335211%10274$2,758$1,029,7013Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$153,081258%707-414$217$114,799,94910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$145,64083%331-719$440$14,435,2635Universal
9Despicable Me 2$135,555245%271-24$500$366,727,87522Universal
10All Is Lost$70,695194%154-193$459$5,183,5887Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$46,173182%121-112$382$17,119,70811Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,612245%163-22$261$68,175,27217Fox
13We're the Millers$36,060138%164-31$220$150,307,99517Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$32,981146%203-52$162$60,903,16111Warner Bros.
15Insidious Chapter 2$32,096188%140-45$229$83,401,41112FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$19,321137%1304$149$36,775,03812Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$17,476123%141-126$124$24,525,4747Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,700--4--$7,675$30,7001Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$22,029211%68-12$324$44,363,53014Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$16,6116%56-56$297$293,5032Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,881176%71-53$224$115,614,94416Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$10,991123%78-51$141$16,837,6296Fox
6Don Jon$7,66277%26-10$295$24,283,41410Relativity Media
7Reaching for the Moon$1,938--43$485$41,0284Wolfe Releasing
8In a World...$1,853181%5-4$371$2,959,35317Roadside Attractions
9Runner Runner$1,721110%23-15$75$19,309,4939Fox
10The World's End$1,42658%60$238$26,000,52115Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$206--1--$206$32,51113Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$18416%4-6$46$2,506,6529Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$158-96%120$13$1,160,8198Relativity Media
14Linsanity$13743%3--$46$284,6279Ketchup Entertainment
15Big Sur$47--21$24$34,6565Ketchup Entertainment