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 Mon, Mar. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,577,283-70%3,936--$909$58,185,0301Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,158,166-78%3,194--$363$18,163,2921Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$961,653-75%3,607-344$267$82,096,5953Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$831,707-66%3,085-405$270$94,423,9013Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$670,136-70%3,1150$215$31,235,6502Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$559,550-67%2,945-238$190$79,269,1054Universal
7The LEGO Movie$410,776-69%2,501-539$164$243,796,6947Warner Bros.
8Son of God$276,725-71%2,139-851$129$55,945,7984Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$233,628-69%1,8960$123$13,146,7092Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$71,076-70%1,069-397$66$397,815,93818Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$856,309-72%780--$1,098$10,073,3221Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$627,844-68%304238$2,065$13,626,3183Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$116,735-52%938-656$124$75,801,6107Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$72,866-52%752-814$97$29,806,3935Relativity Media
5Ride Along$55,250-64%650-374$85$133,175,60510Universal
612 Years a Slave$50,082-58%522-403$96$56,080,42923Fox Searchlight
7Veronica Mars$44,076-65%34756$127$2,876,9952Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$37,814-66%335-70$113$62,638,65410Open Road
9Philomena$29,348-49%297-205$99$37,118,71918Weinstein Company
10RoboCop (2014)$25,307-60%328-637$77$57,107,9066Sony / Columbia
11American Hustle$24,904-54%281-222$89$149,831,62515Sony / Columbia
12Gravity$23,194-63%202-118$115$273,112,56925Warner Bros.
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-55%215-71$106$116,711,75513Paramount
14About Last Night$20,154-58%214-410$94$48,287,9186Sony / Screen Gems
15Dallas Buyers Club$17,925-53%178-103$101$27,083,73421Focus
16Lone Survivor$15,755-59%211-105$75$124,826,05613Universal
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$14,887-63%224-53$66$258,054,06315Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$13,187-59%201-470$66$22,827,2175Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$11,217-65%211-57$53$424,543,69518Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,218-53%128-24$80$50,439,26110Paramount
21August: Osage County$7,630-56%141-62$54$37,608,68213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$4,652-55%14494$32$12,560,8096Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$54,124-63%8781$622$714,9412Focus
2Her (2013)$7,076-66%73-48$97$25,385,01814Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$6,740-58%93-29$72$25,981,0508Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,552-66%50-25$91$1,988,0679Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,943-31%63-25$63$58,166,16013Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,313135%18-5$184$8,319,34017Weinstein Company
7Blood Ties$3,161-57%28--$113$30,0731Roadside Attractions
8Walking With Dinosaurs$3,072-61%59-39$52$36,023,09414Fox
9Repentance$2,968-48%43-83$69$1,182,2954Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Vampire Academy$1,434-66%3523$41$7,774,7867Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,123-52%13-57$86$988,8734Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,121-73%7-2$160$94,8794GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$542-54%15-45$36$61,9882RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$294-47%1--$294$24,1087Rialto Pictures