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, Apr. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$1,909,909-67%3,205--$596$26,673,6611Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,067,512-76%3,620-205$295$226,126,7534Disney
3Heaven is for Real$1,010,819-77%2,705288$374$53,472,9872Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$637,212-73%2,647--$241$10,154,0671Relativity Media
5Rio 2$573,849-87%3,703-272$155$96,963,7493Fox
6Transcendence$381,441-67%3,4550$110$19,013,5832Warner Bros.
7Bears$255,637-76%1,7200$149$11,537,1622Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$248,520-72%1,600-196$155$52,954,1806Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$231,385-75%2,066-420$112$139,753,2426Lionsgate / Summit
10The Quiet Ones$221,237-71%2,027--$109$4,101,2901Lionsgate
11A Haunted House 2$220,453-74%2,3100$95$14,403,7882Open Road
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$211,084-67%1,021-259$207$49,014,2368Fox Searchlight
13Draft Day$205,948-71%2,080-701$99$24,367,0073Lionsgate / Summit
14Noah$196,224-72%1,604-933$122$97,510,7765Paramount
15Oculus$188,740-65%1,881-767$100$25,412,0413Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$51,383-67%156130$329$946,6743Weinstein Company
2300: Rise of an Empire$25,674-63%32560$79$105,840,2068Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,286-84%468-312$52$108,072,1648Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$21,345-79%303-37$70$252,819,78612Warner Bros.
52 States$20,754-82%1372$151$1,763,2032UTV Motion Pictures
6Non-Stop (2014)$16,505-67%252-108$65$90,507,2109Universal
7Frozen (2013)$12,164-80%227-63$54$400,187,56523Disney
8Dom Hemingway$8,155-55%119-10$69$443,3424Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$6,970-71%211-292$33$59,576,8989Fox
10Bad Words$5,547-52%114-109$49$7,684,4157Focus
11The Nut Job$5,270-84%160-41$33$64,170,71415Open Road
12Gravity$2,851-73%105-40$27$274,054,96130Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$16,827-55%370$455$1,117,6024Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$5,546-51%45-72$123$5,488,0925Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Sabotage (2014)$4,177-61%75-55$56$10,435,9455Open Road
43 Days to Kill$3,943-66%85-25$46$30,614,78710Relativity Media
5Joe (2014)$3,676-67%41-7$90$302,0283Roadside Attractions
6Philomena$1,374-65%33-68$42$37,677,07423Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,328-71%87-27$15$15,969,4527Lionsgate
8The Unknown Known$1,164-55%22-27$53$255,2324RADiUS-TWC
9Watermark$998-68%167$62$65,2644eOne Films US
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$885-18%2--$443$34,91812Rialto Pictures
11Ernest & Celestine$836-77%20-11$42$259,7969GKIDS
12Make Your Move$695-43%40-102$17$122,9882High Top Releasing
13Frankie & Alice$588-57%24-19$25$693,7694Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Dallas Buyers Club$423-53%12-2$35$27,296,93726Focus
15August: Osage County$260-80%7-9$37$37,734,73318Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$258-85%9-4$29$2,093,16714Roadside Attractions
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$228-10%10$228$22,1022Rialto Pictures