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, Apr. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,805,702-31%3,938--$1,220$113,026,0311Disney
2Noah$1,106,111-33%3,5714$310$76,388,4822Paramount
3Divergent$766,168-25%3,631-305$211$116,600,6093Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$685,620-16%1,758580$390$34,718,3973Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$530,617-22%1,263286$420$34,911,3495Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$336,557-26%3,052-142$110$43,169,9473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$293,260-26%2,931-368$100$103,128,7745Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$207,147-20%2,4860$83$9,531,3992Open Road
9Bad Words$144,337-21%1,074232$134$6,406,0924Focus
10Non-Stop (2014)$137,135-31%1,724-791$80$88,584,4156Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$135,595-21%1,555-1046$87$104,467,3825Warner Bros.
12Need For Speed$129,297-32%1,779-926$73$41,272,6134Disney / DreamWorks
13The LEGO Movie$103,304-21%1,350-651$77$250,963,7329Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$68,978-23%6640$104$4,826,5382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,019-16%481-796$62$58,641,1036Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,108-19%321-66$91$399,030,62220Disney
4Frankie & Alice$27,581-19%171--$161$439,4791Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$25,553-27%425-714$60$15,744,4714Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$25,386-14%285-9$89$63,587,03412Open Road
7Gravity$23,492-22%255120$92$273,682,02127Warner Bros.
8Ride Along$14,080-8%236-124$60$133,983,54512Universal
9Jinn$13,312-10%201--$66$191,2971Freestyle Releasing
10Philomena$11,827-22%197-5$60$37,509,01920Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$7,069-36%128-100$55$56,526,86425Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$6,511-27%131-209$50$30,409,1507Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$6,285-11%140-25$45$125,088,65115Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,842-12%130-55$37$258,322,69717Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5447%37--$880$276,4201Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,113-44%44--$162$95,4301CBS Films
3Her (2013)$3,929-7%85-25$46$25,535,45616Warner Bros.
4Veronica Mars$3,646-23%74-136$49$3,297,0254Warner Bros.
5Dom Hemingway$3,2434%40$811$47,5061Fox Searchlight
6Ernest & Celestine$3,189-21%2412$133$181,8636GKIDS
7Dallas Buyers Club$2,727-40%52-47$52$27,251,81923Focus
8August: Osage County$2,332-48%42-39$56$37,707,83415Weinstein Company
9Gloria (2014)$1,41057%17-19$83$2,051,40211Roadside Attractions
10The Players$969-19%50--$19$9,5521Weinstein Company
11On the Other Side of the Tracks$914-17%50--$18$8,6891Weinstein Company
12Watermark$864-11%2--$432$10,3801eOne Films US
13Vampire Academy$218-22%11-13$20$7,791,7669Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$170-12%10$170$28,7159Rialto Pictures