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 Tue, May. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$6,239,73121%4,324--$1,443$103,016,3491Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,535,44148%3,23833$474$50,128,9932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$848,15541%2,930225$289$66,952,3523Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$664,00530%3,179-441$209$238,330,5855Disney
5Rio 2$441,53731%3,314-389$133$107,361,8214Fox
6Brick Mansions$392,87833%2,6470$148$16,316,4802Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$199,39530%1,330-270$150$55,914,6027Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$194,27233%1,639-427$119$143,008,9717Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$183,08955%1,79070$102$14,667,5293Disneynature
10The Quiet Ones$161,24823%2,0270$80$7,048,1212Lionsgate
11Transcendence$150,97330%1,775-1680$85$21,633,3343Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$133,73625%1,354-726$99$26,666,8764Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$106,1338%1,328-982$80$16,329,0203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$203,74930%884-137$230$51,909,8259Fox Searchlight
2Noah$100,03321%929-675$108$99,208,0926Paramount
3Oculus$83,58020%884-997$95$26,855,3164Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$52,51723%1648$320$1,724,6384Weinstein Company
5The LEGO Movie$21,69848%220-83$99$253,143,24613Warner Bros.
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,7094%410-58$46$108,584,8209Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Non-Stop (2014)$17,54035%218-34$80$90,746,71510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,85115%235-90$63$16,063,9899Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,95811%126-85$31$59,639,09110Fox
10The Nut Job$3,59127%101-59$36$64,245,18616Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$22,12323%370$598$1,366,6285Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$16,499103%96-41$172$2,048,0303UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$10,49611%4--$2,624$126,5071Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,4973%60--$142$138,2302RADiUS-TWC
5Walk of Shame$5,99737%51--$118$50,1411Focus World
6Cesar Chavez$5,0962%9752$53$5,560,9426Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Dom Hemingway$3,82031%47-72$81$503,0405Fox Searchlight
8Joe (2014)$3,78550%39-2$97$348,1004Roadside Attractions
9Sabotage (2014)$3,36311%60-15$56$10,478,0816Open Road
10Bad Words$3,06787%40-74$77$7,723,8638Focus
11Gloria (2014)$2,978967%90$331$2,102,94915Roadside Attractions
123 Days to Kill$2,79030%64-21$44$30,660,48111Relativity Media
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,12014%1211$177$44,8643Rialto Pictures
14Gravity$2,06324%65-40$32$274,088,67831Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,34446%22-11$61$37,694,27624Weinstein Company
16Decoding Annie Parker$1,184-88%13--$91$27,5561eOne Films US
17The Unknown Known$88035%15-7$59$264,1445RADiUS-TWC
18Watermark$72115%11-5$66$78,1485eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2588%1-1$258$41,00213Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$12218%3-4$41$37,738,62519Weinstein Company