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 Thu, Jun. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$3,705,483-11%3,173--$1,168$65,975,2671Fox
2Maleficent$3,593,949-10%3,9480$910$144,516,5322Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$2,292,160-17%3,490--$657$40,474,4831Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,389,681-19%3,639-362$382$196,440,1613Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$630,915-31%3,1602$200$33,860,6202Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$581,409-22%3,110-391$187$188,146,0094Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$453,260-38%2,674-265$170$140,652,9655Universal
8Blended$402,389-27%2,928-627$137$38,648,2293Warner Bros.
9Chef$312,461-17%1,298674$241$11,800,4535Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$245,618-17%1,643-686$149$32,666,8794Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$215,670-23%1,481-671$146$197,432,2946Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$145,542-5%702-281$207$126,251,0429Fox
2Belle$118,089-1%476-49$248$8,059,3426Fox Searchlight
3The LEGO Movie$61,8274%274-28$226$256,103,03118Warner Bros.
4Heaven is for Real$60,397-14%446-276$135$89,067,9148Sony / TriStar
5The Other Woman (2014)$53,699-25%489-625$110$82,488,6167Fox
6Divergent$45,8545%298-75$154$149,238,80712Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$40,535-12%10713$379$1,008,3502eOne Films US
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$35,356-7%224-30$158$110,478,98714Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9God's Not Dead$33,0103%20045$165$60,171,01612Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$32,921-8%185-64$178$57,913,34714Fox Searchlight
11Moms' Night Out$27,3033%292-91$94$10,027,4175Sony / TriStar
12The Immigrant$26,650-10%145-5$184$1,534,3544Weinstein Company
13Holiday (2014)$22,031-40%144--$153$537,4331Reliance Entertainment
14Noah$13,222-6%136-46$97$101,099,32611Paramount
15The Railway Man$11,779-12%177-319$67$4,281,6869Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$6,757-7%113-60$60$28,812,8399Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,540-11%105-23$34$22,997,2378Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,9730%390$1,102$2,817,47110Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$32,227-12%9885$329$671,2883Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$17,869-6%88-16$203$1,285,3055RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$10,794-12%9954$109$20,166,2517Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$8,734-11%84-96$104$8,318,6855Clarius Entertainment
6A Haunted House 2$3,6965%44-30$84$17,329,4878Open Road
7Oculus$3,581-7%47-36$76$27,662,6819Relativity Media
8The Hornet's Nest$2,43459%16-26$152$295,1125Freestyle Releasing
9Filmistaan$1,454-7%24--$61$38,5311UTV Motion Pictures
10The Unknown Known$60285%3--$201$273,03810RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$410-52%3-3$137$255,8937RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$83-71%1-3$83$138,8738Rialto Pictures