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 Sun, May. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$11,655,475-35%3,279--$3,555$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$10,020,417-35%4,3240$2,317$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3Heaven is for Real$3,135,16216%3,048118$1,029$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
4The Other Woman (2014)$3,107,650-15%3,30668$940$62,085,8243Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,712,046-33%2,701-478$634$245,128,3386Disney
6Moms' Night Out$1,669,90520%1,044--$1,600$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,664,380-25%2,973-341$560$113,069,0825Fox
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,124,334-30%2,658--$423$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9God's Not Dead$586,19516%1,000-330$586$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Divergent$542,106-25%1,233-406$440$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
11Brick Mansions$500,481-24%1,954-693$256$18,491,3923Relativity Media
12Bears$462,21132%1,243-547$372$16,052,7684Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$152,460-52%1,133-894$135$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$494,718-24%770-114$642$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$282,395-17%820-534$344$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Noah$200,7615%477-452$421$99,877,6507Paramount
4The LEGO Movie$155,056-28%401181$387$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
5The Railway Man$120,481-38%18117$666$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
6Transcendence$111,534-21%515-1260$217$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$101,430-31%526-802$193$16,846,2164Open Road
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$100,463-25%357-53$281$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Oculus$70,451-32%410-474$172$27,238,6405Relativity Media
10Non-Stop (2014)$67,370-57%23618$285$91,104,08011Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$25,036-24%191-44$131$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$21,864-68%146-85$150$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
13The Monuments Men$19,496-40%122-23$160$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$169,034-14%4541$3,756$634,2102Fox Searchlight
2Chef$70,239-14%6--$11,707$204,9611Open Road
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,389-10%36-1$1,039$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
42 States$32,089-11%59-37$544$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
5Blue Ruin$12,441-38%611$204$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,872-44%1910$414$78,5974Rialto Pictures
7Son of God$6,931-10%68-58$102$59,666,58911Fox
83 Days to Kill$6,807-26%42-22$162$30,688,36412Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$6,479-49%4--$1,620$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
10Sabotage (2014)$6,1667%51-9$121$10,499,9687Open Road
11Joe (2014)$2,756-41%23-16$120$364,5735Roadside Attractions
12Bad Words$2,390-30%29-11$82$7,738,1369Focus
13Gloria (2014)$1,589109%7-2$227$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
14Philomena$1,527-25%13-9$117$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
15Watermark$495-37%5-6$99$82,8376eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$375-57%10$375$43,72914Rialto Pictures
17The Unknown Known$28930%6-9$48$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
18Decoding Annie Parker$34-60%2-11$17$39,8502eOne Films US