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, Jul. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$5,230,38910%4,2330$1,236$185,396,5292Paramount
2Tammy$3,359,07521%3,465--$969$39,445,0851Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,828,93727%3,297-453$555$143,489,4744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$1,746,14213%3,324-102$525$162,565,0874Sony / Columbia
5Earth to Echo$1,678,59830%3,230--$520$16,537,9981Relativity Media
6Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,514,1806%3,049--$497$18,191,7421Sony / Screen Gems
7Maleficent$1,149,33621%2,389-684$481$216,020,3536Disney
8Jersey Boys$744,14927%2,630-275$283$38,021,1763Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$662,61210%1,729-496$383$58,438,9353Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$641,29315%1,865-980$344$117,116,9965Fox
11Edge of Tomorrow$523,0839%1,538-997$340$91,888,6875Warner Bros.
12America (2014)$461,58130%1,1051102$418$4,880,3572Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$298,5298%1,044-970$286$227,688,2827Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,1058%686-115$300$22,453,8429Open Road
2Begin Again$147,51011%175170$843$2,075,7092Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$131,072-1%250242$524$1,773,0722RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$100,06234%311-11$322$129,047,51113Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$64,4908%315-195$205$148,163,5059Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$58,37411%352-398$166$198,013,6858Warner Bros.
7Blended$53,54322%305-170$176$44,277,4967Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$38,59013%227-256$170$42,337,4506Universal
9Belle$31,16321%123-52$253$10,055,28810Fox Searchlight
10Divergent$29,4036%184-26$160$150,889,38816Lionsgate / Summit
11The Other Woman (2014)$20,76532%142-53$146$83,639,22911Fox
12The LEGO Movie$18,96817%240-95$79$257,221,36122Warner Bros.
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$14,58743%111-30$131$111,165,81918Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,23921%410$1,201$3,982,07614Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$35,09947%91-28$386$2,533,2566eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,75312%72-18$219$58,752,45118Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$12,04217%61-44$197$1,915,4527Roadside Attractions
5God's Not Dead$7,24026%60-30$121$60,697,36716Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Yves Saint Laurent$6,515-8%108$652$115,2612Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,68128%232$73$8,452,1639Clarius Entertainment
8The Railway Man$1,62311%14-24$116$4,428,39113Weinstein Company
9The Signal (2014)$1,34713%35-145$38$590,7474Focus
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,34319%12-19$112$197,2605RADiUS-TWC
11Fed Up$1,338-9%18-14$74$1,490,9429RADiUS-TWC
12The Hornet's Nest$2971%1-1$29$309,5979Freestyle Releasing