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 Mon, Jul. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$4,206,553-62%3,9692$1,060$143,413,7072Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$3,323,780-54%2,806--$1,185$33,140,4551Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,856,157-59%3,826--$485$19,365,5641Disney
4Sex Tape$1,548,844-58%3,062--$506$16,156,9961Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,172,266-60%3,224-689$364$228,174,8744Paramount
6Tammy$878,306-56%3,402-63$258$71,928,6103Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$647,318-51%2,229-582$290$181,159,7826Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$568,217-53%2,169-716$262$161,344,8216Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$478,230-48%2,450-780$195$32,465,3683Relativity Media
10Maleficent$460,426-50%1,541-536$299$228,763,8748Disney
11Begin Again$295,841-60%1,302363$227$9,661,0914Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$222,282-54%1,030-75$216$11,643,3344Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$215,502-49%1,491-1558$145$29,436,9673Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$148,905-58%1,003-965$148$44,584,1155Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$143,419-39%557-445$257$121,742,9097Fox
2Edge of Tomorrow$134,585-56%602-501$224$96,752,4617Warner Bros.
3Chef$129,150-61%552-149$234$26,051,15211Open Road
4Think Like a Man Too$117,205-57%628-603$187$64,052,3885Sony / Screen Gems
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$95,203-53%387-268$246$230,580,5699Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$70,870-55%32623$217$199,090,84910Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$59,730-57%211-145$283$3,513,9784RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$44,432-49%256-29$174$130,283,37315Fox
9Blended$41,547-47%285-50$146$45,254,3689Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$36,805-49%230-37$160$149,129,83511Universal
11The LEGO Movie$12,787-1%202-148$63$257,497,61424Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$143,374--3429$4,217$1,928,7522IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$55,463-60%68--$816$539,8641Focus
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,490-9%410$1,061$4,665,20016Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Grand Seduction$17,374-52%90-2$193$2,954,3298eOne Films US
5Belle$14,006-60%92-15$152$10,463,15412Fox Searchlight
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,661-57%46-17$145$58,949,68120Fox Searchlight
7The Other Woman (2014)$5,201-48%60-36$87$83,826,29013Fox
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,849-29%63-15$77$111,295,85920Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9I Origins$3,293-57%4--$823$30,9451Fox Searchlight
10Yves Saint Laurent$3,057-65%11-3$278$213,3754Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$1,843-8%12-8$154$1,517,64111RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$833-65%11-14$76$60,738,71518Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$555-27%104$56$206,6747RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$169-60%8-2$21$8,459,16311Clarius Entertainment
15The Hornet's Nest$6-96%1-1$6$311,05211Freestyle Releasing