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, May. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$34,540,000-65%3,68628$9,371$170,379,5252Universal
2Now You See Me$28,050,000--2,925--$9,590$28,050,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$27,000,000--3,401--$7,939$27,000,0001Sony / Columbia
4Epic$16,400,000-51%3,89412$4,212$65,161,1812Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$16,400,000-56%3,585-322$4,575$181,156,4863Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$15,930,000-62%3,56510$4,468$88,085,6542Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$8,006,000-59%2,895-529$2,765$384,751,2855Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,265,000-54%2,635-455$2,378$128,255,8924Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$1,650,550--162--$10,189$1,650,5501Eros International
2Mud$1,225,500-37%580-132$2,113$16,885,2916Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$615,000-50%506-502$1,215$180,538,06111Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$552,1820%13373$4,152$1,577,8523IFC Films
542 (2013)$515,000-59%501-414$1,028$92,334,4548Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$393,000-40%330-71$1,191$233,006,19513Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$389,000-55%357-215$1,090$88,061,9657Universal
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$267,000-39%286-60$934$121,578,76210Paramount
9What Maisie Knew$205,87845%10174$2,038$543,3445Millenium Entertainment
10Escape From Planet Earth$191,000-25%268-78$713$56,318,10416Weinstein Company
11Pain and Gain$144,000-78%207-796$696$49,038,7536Paramount
12Identity Thief$141,000-32%150-37$940$134,467,17517Universal
13The Iceman$123,098-67%123-135$1,001$1,715,5515Millennium Entertainment
14The Place Beyond the Pines$78,017-52%103-25$757$21,129,00610Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$430,54274%3126$13,888$800,3142Sony Pictures Classics
2Love Is All You Need$168,809-22%718$2,378$707,3215Sony Pictures Classics
3Kon-Tiki$132,000-19%7410$1,784$888,6256Weinstein Company
4Stories We Tell$119,750-7%3913$3,071$906,7294Roadside Attractions
5The East$75,555--4--$18,889$75,5551Fox Searchlight
6The Company You Keep$66,295-51%73-23$908$4,882,5069Sony Pictures Classics
7The Kings of Summer$58,000--4--$14,500$58,0001CBS Films
8The Sapphires$57,000-17%58-3$983$2,209,37811Weinstein Company
9Fill the Void$48,192-19%63$8,032$148,8312Sony Pictures Classics
10Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$38,407-44%381$1,011$382,9585eOne Films US
11Hannah Arendt$31,000--1--$31,000$45,5021Zeitgeist Films
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,5760%117$2,507$70,3872Focus World
13In the House$9,262-61%12-9$772$378,2147Cohen Media Group
14The History of Future Folk$6,100--1--$6,100$6,1001Variance / FilmBuff
15Admission$4,653-61%12-14$388$18,003,26111Focus
16Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$770--2--$385$7701Cinema Purgatorio