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, Jun. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$7,348,9088%3,306--$2,223$71,251,2791Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,905,50417%4,253--$1,389$60,413,1141Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$2,841,61025%3,623-325$784$168,133,0683Disney
4The Fault in Our Stars$2,641,27914%3,273100$807$85,716,2562Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$2,083,41325%3,50515$594$60,757,1292Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,242,44620%3,042-597$408$208,532,5774Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$459,58027%2,413-747$190$37,929,7553Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$458,10219%2,088-1022$219$192,298,7585Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$378,28025%1,896-778$200$143,702,9206Universal
10Chef$306,21436%1,102-196$278$14,519,4756Open Road
11Blended$279,13535%1,581-1347$177$40,872,9644Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$133,90814%682-799$196$198,637,9947Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$105,88330%577-1066$184$33,658,8745Disney
3Belle$82,32032%338-138$244$8,714,2457Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$75,19729%383-319$196$126,800,37910Fox
5Divergent$71,71819%33638$213$149,753,46213Lionsgate / Summit
6Heaven is for Real$60,09325%53286$113$89,510,5329Sony / TriStar
7Words and Pictures$51,83325%217119$239$1,159,2324Roadside Attractions
8The Grand Seduction$48,92550%104-3$470$1,361,5883eOne Films US
9The LEGO Movie$43,8631%30127$146$256,417,58219Warner Bros.
10The Other Woman (2014)$38,29728%244-245$157$82,801,2858Fox
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,84646%207-17$144$110,672,86815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$27,06427%149-36$182$58,158,19915Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$24,7768%120--$206$203,4211Focus
14The Immigrant$23,16448%140-5$165$1,725,6905Weinstein Company
15God's Not Dead$22,95124%150-50$153$60,342,43513Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Noah$9,55622%103-33$93$101,180,96512Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,361-5%412$838$3,024,97611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moms' Night Out$11,35561%81-211$140$10,098,3196Sony / TriStar
3Fed Up$9,325-7%56-32$167$1,346,7176RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$8,14312%85-14$96$20,237,6088Relativity Media
5The Railway Man$5,64778%50-127$113$4,315,80510Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$4,30624%18--$239$70,2272RADiUS-TWC
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,7146%43-41$86$8,340,5776Clarius Entertainment
8Draft Day$3,18974%53-60$60$28,836,16610Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,2266%31-16$72$27,678,47510Relativity Media
10Transcendence$2,16510%58-47$37$23,018,6399Warner Bros.
11The Hornet's Nest$1,08897%3-13$363$300,5666Freestyle Releasing
12The Unknown Known$898491%30$299$274,65311RADiUS-TWC
13Filmistaan$321-19%8-16$40$45,0232UTV Motion Pictures
14Accident (2014 re-issue)$3000%1--$300$14,9164Rialto Pictures
15Heropanti$150317%1-2$150$63,2374UTV Motion Pictures
16Blue Ruin$35-81%2-1$18$257,1248RADiUS-TWC