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, Aug. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,513,71925%3,980135$883$124,080,7222Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$3,511,41622%3,697-391$950$229,057,7033Disney
3Let's Be Cops$2,505,10019%3,094--$810$30,829,4851Fox
4The Expendables 3$1,623,08623%3,221--$504$18,823,2011Lionsgate
5The Giver$1,569,58520%3,003--$523$15,187,1351Weinstein Company
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,055,37239%2,04320$517$25,502,9542Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$945,49927%3,4340$275$33,206,5922Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$769,32524%2,520-627$305$109,100,4654Universal
9Step Up All In$404,04344%2,0720$195$12,492,6372Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$302,90525%1,262-1044$240$202,442,8016Fox
11Hercules (2014)$285,66526%1,475-1421$194$68,681,4454Paramount
12Get On Up$214,19018%1,101-1368$195$27,445,8053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$267,59111%771265$347$14,152,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$172,67224%960-1320$180$56,035,8135Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$147,87815%644-157$230$12,921,2464Roadside Attractions
4What If$143,96921%787767$183$1,322,9982CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$106,96932%377-149$284$171,429,94210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$83,2057%575-1027$145$70,288,1205Universal
7Sex Tape$55,75635%317-627$176$37,862,8305Sony / Columbia
8And So It Goes$55,52040%362-749$153$14,421,4864Clarius Entertainment
9Calvary$49,5145%13086$381$991,8923Fox Searchlight
1022 Jump Street$41,77925%172-141$243$190,022,30010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$34,63811%261-4$133$99,764,86011Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$33,88510%223-4$152$232,545,63113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$29,52710%206-17$143$124,243,17011Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$27,90225%206-374$135$243,392,7118Paramount
15Tammy$24,39623%276-274$88$83,184,0547Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$20,61617%122-120$169$29,335,43315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$15,04122%154-63$98$37,698,4987Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,88532%128-38$85$131,434,84319Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,902-1%118-60$84$200,607,03614Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,28219%115-35$81$46,641,2309Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,69416%111-33$78$46,227,98413Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,460-6%106-33$70$150,071,89515Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,55810%410$843$6,191,59020Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$21,78278%1812$1,210$420,6268Weinstein Company
3Begin Again$8,35713%62-183$135$14,471,6088Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$7,33525%42-29$175$4,388,4448RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$6,172333%16-58$386$2,467,5374UTV Motion Pictures
6The Grand Seduction$5,86479%25-8$235$3,337,50712eOne Films US
7The Fluffy Movie$5,2525%51-105$103$2,796,2844Open Road
8America (2014)$4,19828%62-59$68$14,383,3558Lionsgate
9Wish I Was Here$2,6511%54-148$49$3,543,8995Focus
10Words and Pictures$1,48285%153$99$2,168,48813Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,339-17%15-2$89$257,746,76928Warner Bros.
12Fed Up$398-3%53$80$1,538,19715RADiUS-TWC
13I Origins$389-8%13-75$30$335,4695Fox Searchlight
14Jake Squared$2011%10--$20$2,0811Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$17517%2-1$88$213,89411RADiUS-TWC