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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$41,200,000--3,719--$11,078$51,706,8751Paramount
2The Croods$26,500,000-39%4,06519$6,519$88,682,0772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$22,300,000--2,047--$10,894$22,300,0001Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,000,000-54%3,1068$4,507$54,742,6692FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,605,000-46%3,324-481$3,491$198,277,4004Disney
6The Host (2013)$11,002,000--3,202--$3,436$11,002,0001Open Road
7The Call$4,800,000-46%2,439-68$1,968$39,480,2163Sony / TriStar
8Admission$3,252,977-47%2,1611$1,505$11,761,8552Focus
9Spring Breakers$2,758,000-43%1,379275$2,000$10,058,2893A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,300,000-70%1,575-1585$825$20,586,6213Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,100,000-58%1,082-1084$1,017$129,917,8908Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$965,000-67%1,080-1480$894$61,345,3225Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$878,000-45%752-292$1,168$128,689,63620Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$490,000-74%746-1061$657$41,399,4026Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$408,000-43%340-149$1,200$123,301,86519Fox
4Safe Haven$370,000-67%550-729$673$69,793,6827Relativity Media
5Quartet$368,000-36%302-123$1,219$16,585,39312Weinstein Company
621 And Over$285,000-72%344-790$828$24,934,3125Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$231,000-52%977-517$236$53,922,9797Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$211,83424%10511$2,017$1,879,8469Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$180,000-13%202-7$891$55,217,24410Paramount
10Stoker$178,000-50%194-81$918$1,477,0015Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$176,000-38%233-63$755$162,318,81314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$161,000-50%209-239$770$66,553,1097Fox
13Emperor$140,800-50%136-101$1,035$2,882,6294Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$137,000-42%162-137$846$65,260,2749Lionsgate / Summit
15Mama$70,000-25%123-7$569$71,584,41511Universal
16Rise of The Guardians$64,000-38%134-28$478$103,294,39419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$57,000-69%101-104$564$17,131,1146Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$270,184--4--$67,546$270,1841Focus
2No (2013)$246,23425%7010$3,518$1,324,9847Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$159,00061%7844$2,038$368,0573A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$121,098103%2418$5,046$285,7933GKIDS
5On the Road$120,00017%7735$1,558$429,76615IFC Films
6The Sapphires$72,37989%128$6,032$126,9682Weinstein Company
7Renoir$63,663--6--$10,611$63,6631IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
8Starbuck$51,068229%1714$3,004$3,528,9262eOne Films US
9The Impossible$42,000-45%86-37$488$18,815,45115Lionsgate / Summit
10Room 237$36,000--2--$18,000$36,0001IFC Midnight
11Dead Man Down$29,000-91%75-537$387$10,764,9904FilmDistrict
12Blancanieves$25,102--4--$6,276$25,1021Cohen Media Group
13Wrong$17,964--16--$1,123$17,9641Drafthouse Films
14Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$17,565173%31$5,855$77,0954Tribeca Film
15Reality$12,400--4--$3,100$33,8263Oscilloscope
16Bless Me, Ultima$12,114-47%11-10$1,101$1,537,3626Arenas Entertainment
17Parker$12,000-49%36-19$333$17,608,74410FilmDistrict
18Upside Down$9,146-65%19-20$481$92,1963Millennium Entertainment