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, May. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$4,962,197-29%3,952--$1,256$112,767,0361Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,018,330-19%3,31132$610$97,675,3552Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,022,545-25%3,991-333$256$176,070,7753Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$655,839-24%3,019--$217$12,848,7361Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$572,892-15%3,054-252$188$73,542,4514Fox
6Heaven is for Real$363,408-15%2,893-155$126$83,430,4675Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$294,182-15%2,271-430$130$251,546,1497Disney
8Rio 2$220,613-16%2,371-602$93$118,853,4746Fox
9Moms' Night Out$166,851-27%1,0462$160$7,770,2202Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$148,623-11%2,578-80$58$7,078,7072Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$106,412-2%173128$615$2,091,8003Fox Searchlight
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$105,878-4%630-140$168$55,818,03211Fox Searchlight
3Divergent$97,977-11%991-242$99$147,116,2089Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$78,282-12%780-220$100$59,180,4229Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Bears$50,988-3%580-663$88$17,004,0335Disneynature
6Brick Mansions$46,176-21%724-1230$64$19,765,6744Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$37,982-11%355-46$107$254,472,42915Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$33,350-10%1832$182$2,854,7826Weinstein Company
9Draft Day$24,217-5%495-325$49$28,467,8806Lionsgate / Summit
10Noah$21,912-4%286-191$77$100,334,3528Paramount
11Transcendence$20,699-26%315-200$66$22,710,8025Warner Bros.
12Non-Stop (2014)$19,820-10%220-16$90$91,499,90012Universal
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,041-22%319-38$53$109,371,69711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Quiet Ones$12,713-15%341-792$37$8,397,7464Lionsgate
15A Haunted House 2$10,56016%124-402$85$17,087,3685Open Road
16Oculus$7,983-14%140-270$57$27,457,7686Relativity Media
17300: Rise of an Empire$7,099-41%155-36$46$106,520,92711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$75,78613%7266$1,053$1,206,4502Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$31,62919%371$855$1,924,3947Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$21,3304%55--$388$437,4692RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$6,82117%3--$2,274$63,3041Weinstein Company
52 States$3,272-3%32-27$102$2,231,7165UTV Motion Pictures
6The Hornet's Nest$3,13121%1713$184$61,7542Freestyle Releasing
7Bad Words$2,413-21%8354$29$7,772,07410Focus
8Blue Ruin$1,662-1%24-37$69$244,0874RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$941-5%46-22$20$59,683,94112Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$8914%8-21$111$120,2855Rialto Pictures
11Joe (2014)$356-2%10-13$36$373,0166Roadside Attractions
12Philomena$283-53%9-4$31$37,709,46326Weinstein Company
13The Unknown Known$256106%3-3$85$267,3537RADiUS-TWC