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. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$4,836,0509%3,279--$1,475$58,313,0101Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,904,90829%4,3240$672$151,360,9942Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$971,69435%3,30668$294$63,776,2443Fox
4Heaven is for Real$634,64631%3,048118$208$76,820,7134Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$504,17123%2,701-478$187$246,043,3286Disney
6Rio 2$343,82138%2,973-341$116$113,662,1325Fox
7Moms' Night Out$341,88333%1,044--$327$4,910,1151Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$236,87824%2,658--$89$4,176,0341Clarius Entertainment
9Brick Mansions$196,52330%1,954-693$101$18,839,1833Relativity Media
10Divergent$163,93221%1,233-406$133$145,366,7508Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$138,00221%1,000-330$138$57,937,3138Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$101,93324%1,243-547$82$16,237,0384Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$61,97813%1,133-894$55$8,112,4813Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$164,85027%770-114$214$54,121,84310Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$71,09918%820-534$87$27,896,2765Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$51,51034%18117$285$2,350,2535Weinstein Company
4Noah$51,24124%477-452$107$99,970,1187Paramount
5Transcendence$48,58043%515-1260$94$22,291,7924Warner Bros.
6The LEGO Movie$40,1639%401181$100$253,743,50014Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$34,58710%526-802$66$16,912,2464Open Road
8Oculus$32,43212%410-474$79$27,300,0945Relativity Media
9Non-Stop (2014)$18,83024%23618$80$91,138,13511Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,34614%357-53$51$108,958,30310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11300: Rise of an Empire$9,63810%191-44$50$106,188,86910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$48,80616%4541$1,085$725,0692Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$29,14239%36-1$810$1,606,3896Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$17,7757%6--$2,963$239,2851Open Road
4Godzilla: The Japanese Original$12,22459%2917$422$98,5294Rialto Pictures
52 States$7,38849%59-37$125$2,174,1054UTV Motion Pictures
6Blue Ruin$6,72015%611$110$215,4843RADiUS-TWC
73 Days to Kill$2,80241%42-22$67$30,693,15412Relativity Media
8Sabotage (2014)$2,44045%51-9$48$10,504,0917Open Road
9Joe (2014)$1,61772%23-16$70$367,1295Roadside Attractions
10Son of God$1,616-8%68-58$24$59,669,95911Fox
11Bad Words$1,30570%29-11$45$7,740,2109Focus
12The Hornet's Nest$940-21%4--$235$28,6871Freestyle Releasing
13Philomena$59885%13-9$46$37,702,91025Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$40421%7-2$58$2,107,29316Roadside Attractions
15Watermark$387-6%5-6$77$83,6346eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$286-4%10$286$44,31214Rialto Pictures
17The Unknown Known$185-8%6-9$31$265,8436RADiUS-TWC
18Decoding Annie Parker$42-93%2-11$21$40,5242eOne Films US