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 Sat, Jan. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$16,683,69516%2,663--$6,265$31,090,5251Universal
2Lone Survivor$10,312,05055%2,989114$3,450$67,787,6414Universal
3The Nut Job$8,752,00082%3,427--$2,554$13,559,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,852,03828%3,387--$2,023$12,202,2291Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$5,282,199110%2,979-260$1,773$328,428,8369Disney
6American Hustle$4,615,70363%2,204-425$2,094$113,287,1996Sony / Columbia
7The Wolf of Wall Street$3,236,56359%1,930-591$1,677$88,050,9554Paramount
8August: Osage County$3,234,37755%2,0511146$1,577$15,916,2814Weinstein Company
9Devil's Due$3,007,853-13%2,544--$1,182$6,477,3471Fox
10Saving Mr. Banks$1,788,51063%2,449-222$730$74,131,3176Disney
11Her (2013)$1,765,51552%1,7290$1,021$13,923,0665Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,751,11196%1,815-1260$965$247,465,1766Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,476,85263%2,1040$702$13,357,4342Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,144,41981%1,328-434$862$416,775,2769Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$974,28749%1,731-1281$563$121,561,5785Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$600,66362%1,037-1547$579$54,768,3444Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$571,01529%1,569-1314$364$30,947,9043Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$910,71696%944789$965$257,786,78816Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$710,15380%761647$933$40,208,81214Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$560,93061%505-102$1,111$23,672,1669Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$484,63477%585-144$828$10,797,1237CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$421,62877%419294$1,006$17,531,39312Focus
6Nebraska$417,02571%408-113$1,022$9,436,06610Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$251,97982%903789$279$105,508,00915Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$190,36539%343-1016$555$37,476,4554Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$150,348136%454-885$331$34,190,7185Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$138,894124%256-8$543$118,335,32517Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$101,40452%190-113$534$20,098,38211Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$81,74680%391-649$209$52,178,9576Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$72,36362%408-1597$177$29,021,1094Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$58,29265%194-46$300$63,572,09212CBS Films
15Free Birds$56,748143%199-33$285$55,235,89912Relativity Media
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,19360%154-38$242$101,937,61513Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,87213%122-241$253$7,954,5398Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,42254%119-17$247$116,513,32823Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$19,78176%62-7$319$6,167,13414Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$18,77155%9760$194$11,253,3287Relativity Media
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,19745%2--$1,099$37,89420Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$165-53%10$165$4,5742Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$76-96%1--$76$1,7771Striped Entertainment