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, Dec. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,120,471-37%3,450--$1,484$13,223,6430Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,047,1644%3,903--$1,293$96,045,4171Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$2,198,12223%3,615-127$608$172,392,0104Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,363,83310%3,563-600$383$362,953,7964Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$911,35013%2,194--$415$19,770,2771Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$274,3760%1,923-1151$143$199,438,1086Disney
7Out of the Furnace$185,571-20%2,1010$88$10,601,1402Relativity Media
8Homefront$139,211-6%1,250-1320$111$19,257,0553Open Road
9Delivery Man$127,239-9%1,502-1403$85$28,792,8864Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$258,8521%8350$310$12,111,5524Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$216,0527%987-329$219$15,843,5896Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$95,986-13%478-256$201$14,773,2767Focus
4Nebraska$94,603-13%250137$378$3,805,3665Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$82,9438%503-397$165$253,135,78511Warner Bros.
6The Best Man Holiday$77,050-8%670-907$115$69,401,3155Universal
712 Years a Slave$74,690-3%414-668$180$36,710,2269Fox Searchlight
8Last Vegas$44,832-8%726-813$62$61,993,6817CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,3110%323-317$94$104,147,25210Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$23,27011%331-277$70$60,618,5767Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$21,3827%263116$81$5,792,0249Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,8542%456-701$37$100,656,8868Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,7950%212-40$65$367,405,65524Universal
14About Time$13,2250%120-146$110$15,253,3287Universal
15Black Nativity$11,94929%146-1379$82$6,932,5703Fox Searchlight
16Escape Plan$11,8776%16786$71$24,770,0509Lionsgate / Summit
17Free Birds$10,03436%283-919$35$54,021,8337Relativity Media
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,57824%175-137$55$115,443,77712Sony / Columbia
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,51923%123-17$37$68,393,09619Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$2,135-41%151-432$14$2,179,0823FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$73,963-17%6--$12,327$1,113,3681Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$50,7870%15--$3,386$625,4861Disney
3Her (2013)$45,835-22%6--$7,639$104,2580Warner Bros.
4Inside Llewyn Davis$32,377-9%1511$2,158$1,051,1502CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,269-13%40$1,817$263,7623Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,784-1%72-22$80$17,384,86313Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,203-7%92-33$57$24,444,42912Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,9874%61-946$65$116,113,86318Weinstein Company
9Insidious Chapter 2$3,14013%99-23$32$83,586,44714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$3,00719%60-11$50$16,933,8918Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,71422%56-40$48$36,896,93914Relativity Media