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 Sat, Jul. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$25,501,223-8%3,967--$6,428$53,146,3101Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$6,657,01635%3,913-320$1,701$204,108,4693Paramount
3Tammy$5,065,81625%3,4650$1,462$53,577,8852Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$2,622,96528%2,811-513$933$169,940,8845Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,406,15733%2,885-412$834$150,423,8575Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$2,174,32523%3,2300$673$23,046,2982Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,822,99416%3,0490$598$23,696,5232Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$1,673,73134%2,077-312$806$220,752,0087Disney
9Jersey Boys$1,061,46848%1,968-662$539$40,974,7804Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$1,008,87333%1,231-498$820$61,175,6874Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$949,49831%1,1050$859$7,492,6963Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$775,52240%1,103-435$703$94,014,9106Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$578,61116%1,002-863$577$119,200,9416Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$1,199,51542%939764$1,277$4,396,2253Weinstein Company
2Chef$574,00071%70115$819$23,725,00010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$432,36537%655-389$660$228,883,9108Fox
4Snowpiercer$268,85343%356106$755$2,456,5063RADiUS-TWC
5Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$165,40934%101--$1,638$289,2051Reliance Entertainment
6Rio 2$162,21731%285-26$569$129,521,13714Fox
7Neighbors (2014)$152,16527%267-48$570$148,550,67010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$143,01638%275-14$520$201,499,06511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$140,63033%33530$420$44,617,0168Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$97,71126%303-49$322$198,284,4219Warner Bros.
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$97,67028%188-39$520$42,576,2507Universal
12Heaven is for Real$60,41934%173-13$349$90,790,21613Sony / TriStar
13Belle$58,03346%107-16$542$10,209,47011Fox Searchlight
14The LEGO Movie$28,77415%350110$82$257,310,95023Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,0142%410$1,317$4,196,07115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$53,29159%921$579$2,672,2577eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$31,01048%63-9$492$58,831,48319Fox Searchlight
4The Other Woman (2014)$26,47322%96-46$276$83,725,28812Fox
5Words and Pictures$20,02454%40-21$501$1,972,0278Roadside Attractions
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$15,64013%78-33$201$111,221,67119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Yves Saint Laurent$13,82037%144$987$152,2703Weinstein Company
8Moms' Night Out$8,83221%54-42$164$10,423,17310Sony / TriStar
9God's Not Dead$5,01459%25-35$201$60,718,78717Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Fed Up$2,886320%202$144$1,498,82210RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$1,454157%11-3$132$4,433,81914Weinstein Company
12The Signal (2014)$1,126-41%15-20$75$596,3745Focus
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$671-35%6-6$112$202,2066RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$61671%10-13$62$8,456,08310Clarius Entertainment
15The Hornet's Nest$22870%21$114$310,02210Freestyle Releasing