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 Wed, Feb. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,673,346-25%3,7750$708$149,006,9402Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,253,309-29%3,3720$372$33,015,1031Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,049,556-20%3,0830$340$48,941,6692Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$891,511-24%2,253--$396$29,895,3201Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$454,973-17%2,101-359$217$379,250,58613Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$434,425-25%2,896--$150$15,421,2301Universal
7Ride Along$402,720-17%2,517-168$160$118,090,4955Universal
8Winter's Tale$331,446-25%2,965--$112$8,782,7131Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,560-11%2,013-467$120$119,489,5718Universal
10That Awkward Moment$211,737-25%1,922-887$110$22,454,4523Focus
11Philomena$194,563-8%1,225721$159$31,334,39513Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,277-6%1,918-1086$94$58,649,3205Open Road
13American Hustle$172,048-7%1,072-416$160$142,203,59710Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$142,550-18%1,278-861$112$48,340,6935Paramount
15Vampire Academy$122,479-18%2,6760$46$7,229,3312Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$92,147-5%1,010-317$91$36,127,6088Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$83,230-22%1,664-920$50$12,794,7203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$158,006-7%751-416$210$111,363,5338Paramount
2Gravity$83,399-7%355-346$235$268,345,78220Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,276-13%386-180$164$48,491,21118Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$57,445-6%324-201$177$16,029,37214Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$49,081-4%255-202$192$23,519,3279Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,465-20%285-252$121$256,309,31810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$33,901-7%326-203$104$423,273,34013Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$33,874-7%223-265$152$24,414,66716Focus
9I, Frankenstein$31,699-26%468-959$68$18,483,6244Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,262-6%261-85$62$125,151,7529Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,842-14%201-41$79$57,531,8098Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$10,789-26%248-3$44$35,483,6399Fox
13Devil's Due$8,648-5%123-176$70$15,647,7505Fox
14Grudge Match$7,692-15%291-50$26$29,690,3388Warner Bros.
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,651-20%181-16$42$119,452,30721Sony / Columbia
16Captain Phillips$6,423-14%135-47$48$106,885,62219Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$35,1303%9833$358$1,080,3464Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,98616%86-43$151$12,986,14411CBS Films
3The Book Thief$8,751-16%94-41$93$21,118,63915Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$6,901-30%77-11$90$592,6772Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$4,865-18%90-158$54$18,541,1536Lionsgate / Summit
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67114%34-12$108$8,228,75812Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,13013%62-41$50$32,459,2557Paramount
8Free Birds$2,280-6%75-34$30$55,622,92416Relativity Media
9Last Vegas$1,283122%41-19$31$63,912,44416CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$924-47%15-61$62$1,357,0804Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78923%10$789$17,4032Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$29922%9-3$33$6,260,16618Roadside Attractions
13At Middleton$188-9%1-6$188$53,5333Anchor Bay / Freestyle
14The Pretty One$114-50%10$114$4,9832Dada Films
15Knights of Badassdom$18-99%2-7$9$105,2804eOne Films US