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. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$5,716,351-30%3,996--$1,431$124,500,6291Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$2,109,267-22%3,9520$534$160,584,3322Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$1,353,775-15%3,266-45$415$119,741,0303Universal
4Blended$1,105,159-20%3,555--$311$20,214,5241Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$586,072-20%3,160-831$185$188,425,9814Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$546,232-13%3,0190$181$23,874,4152Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$369,539-10%2,154-900$172$79,385,2705Fox
8Rio 2$224,750-4%1,701-670$132$122,966,9267Fox
9Heaven is for Real$203,410-9%1,720-1173$118$87,016,4546Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$146,375-9%1,373-898$107$254,419,6398Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$230,2458%498426$462$4,707,5503Open Road
2Belle$186,3894%453280$411$4,749,7694Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$95,353-19%861-185$111$9,196,6783Sony / TriStar
4The Railway Man$72,028-6%600417$120$3,769,5007Weinstein Company
5Divergent$71,114-5%644-347$110$148,253,89010Lionsgate / Summit
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,480-2%360-270$193$56,903,56112Fox Searchlight
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$62,085-1%674-1904$92$7,988,9033Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$47,3495%147144$322$731,6392Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$33,15321%10247$325$831,0353RADiUS-TWC
10The LEGO Movie$32,872-3%323-32$102$255,122,56616Warner Bros.
11God's Not Dead$28,433-6%245-535$116$59,648,10410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$24,656-7%219-67$113$100,694,1019Paramount
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,251-12%286-33$81$109,821,23812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Non-Stop (2014)$14,5356%153-67$95$91,727,55013Universal
15Transcendence$9,885-1%202-113$49$22,871,8286Warner Bros.
16Brick Mansions$9,855-1%168-556$59$20,002,7865Relativity Media
17Oculus$8,033-11%105-35$77$27,556,3017Relativity Media
18Draft Day$7,1001%145-350$49$28,606,6697Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,6589%392$1,017$2,240,9558Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$8,92626%10--$893$131,4291Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$8,1854%88-36$93$17,207,6596Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$7,990-15%5740$140$196,9163Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$3,988-7%92-249$43$8,465,4205Lionsgate
6Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,2101505%4-4$803$131,6366Rialto Pictures
7300: Rise of an Empire$3,02030%71-84$43$106,576,15212Warner Bros.
8Heropanti$2,754-47%16--$172$46,4911UTV Motion Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,56462%1--$1,564$10,1991Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$352-24%21-62$17$7,779,16311Focus
112 States$271-43%4-28$68$2,237,7616UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$23833%5-19$48$247,8005RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$104108%52$21$268,8848RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$710%1--$71$6011Rialto Premieres