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 Fri, Jun. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$12,180,056--2,225--$5,474$12,180,0561Sony / Screen Gems
222 Jump Street$9,325,17672%3,3060$2,821$91,775,3062Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$7,636,17063%4,26815$1,789$77,512,9052Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jersey Boys$4,644,888--2,905--$1,599$4,644,8881Warner Bros.
5Maleficent$3,999,12164%3,450-173$1,159$176,967,6894Disney
6The Fault in Our Stars$3,120,62343%3,34067$934$93,248,9563Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$3,013,83377%3,212-293$938$67,185,3263Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,851,85280%2,681-361$691$212,446,1025Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$554,53039%1,365-723$406$193,649,6146Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$503,73531%1,417-996$355$39,205,6354Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$443,67538%1,033-863$430$144,792,2507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$480,16568%961-141$500$15,577,3557Open Road
2Blended$334,86040%842-739$398$41,686,2515Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$197,19662%434-248$454$199,074,4018Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$133,01962%310-73$429$127,095,63211Fox
5Belle$91,9459%244-94$377$8,971,4258Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$87,90025%289-47$304$149,977,57214Lionsgate / Summit
7The Other Woman (2014)$70,59290%231-13$306$82,944,5899Fox
8The Grand Seduction$67,93473%12420$548$1,597,4094eOne Films US
9Words and Pictures$62,01724%175-42$354$1,324,8875Roadside Attractions
10The LEGO Movie$56,73232%31514$180$256,580,45720Warner Bros.
11Heaven is for Real$55,301-12%201-331$275$89,687,25710Sony / TriStar
12The Signal (2014)$45,99779%20484$225$299,9472Focus
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$39,55140%112-37$353$58,253,84616Fox Searchlight
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$35,3698%179-28$198$110,770,70716Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15God's Not Dead$28,55217%112-38$255$60,417,62314Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$23,7866%110-30$216$1,793,8296Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,5597%410$1,209$3,163,41212Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moms' Night Out$15,00643%50-31$300$10,133,1457Sony / TriStar
3Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$12,697248%529$244$8,364,7957Clarius Entertainment
4Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$11,915117%4628$259$93,2223RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$10,93298%8434$130$4,337,54211Weinstein Company
6Brick Mansions$8,7429%60-25$146$20,262,1039Relativity Media
7Fed Up$8,655-42%47-9$184$1,381,7577RADiUS-TWC
8Oculus$1,833-14%17-14$108$27,684,57111Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$94653%30$315$302,9977Freestyle Releasing
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$540--21$270$142,65410Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$20421%1-1$204$257,7679RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$157-15%2-1$79$275,33512RADiUS-TWC