'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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Gravity$55,550,000--3,575--$15,538$55,550,0001Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$21,500,000-37%4,0010$5,374$60,556,7262Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,600,000--3,026--$2,512$7,600,0001Fox
4Prisoners$5,700,000-48%3,236-54$1,761$47,879,9683Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,408,000-56%2,30811$1,910$18,094,3193Universal
6Don Jon$4,160,000-52%2,4220$1,718$16,077,3172Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,125,000-54%2,0303$2,032$15,185,0812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,876,000-41%2,607-513$1,487$74,749,5874FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,610,000-43%1,606-799$1,002$144,900,0139Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,473,000-61%2,023-871$728$34,578,9034Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,188,000-51%1,563-499$760$112,365,7408Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Pulling Strings$2,500,000--387--$6,460$2,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,150,0002%437210$4,920$5,386,5963Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,850,000-47%858-90$2,156$41,266,0966Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$1,045,400--511--$2,046$1,045,4001Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$682,692-57%589284$1,159$2,723,9072Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$515,000-75%907-1101$568$8,461,4963Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$470,000-41%485-263$969$362,420,60014Universal
9Blue Jasmine$454,010-27%289-239$1,571$31,390,79511Sony Pictures Classics
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$410,000-49%513-494$799$65,965,3909Fox
11Monsters University$402,000154%25072$1,608$266,511,30916Disney
12Besharam$388,915--217--$1,792$506,1351Reliance Entertainment
13Parkland$334,100--257--$1,300$334,1001Exclusive Media
15The Wolverine$170,000-37%241-88$705$131,578,45811Fox
16Red 2$139,000116%20393$685$53,033,48212Lionsgate / Summit
17The World's End$63,276-67%131-150$483$25,838,6577Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inequality for All$136,037-3%4113$3,318$335,7622RADiUS-TWC
2Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
3Wadjda$125,97171%4428$2,863$466,4374Sony Pictures Classics
4Linsanity$103,000--9--$11,444$103,0001Ketchup Entertainment
5Austenland$66,938-30%65-42$1,030$1,846,3798Sony Pictures Classics
6In a World...$62,700-44%78-43$804$2,710,1329Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$50,376-56%58-84$869$6,748,26310A24
8World War Z$43,000-51%75-85$573$202,351,34016Paramount
9Short Term 12$34,000-42%36-19$944$873,3617Cinedigm
10A.C.O.D.$20,047--3--$6,682$20,0471The Film Arcade
11You're Next$15,000-51%45-67$333$18,433,5487Lionsgate
12Mother of George$10,200--8--$1,275$100,7084Oscilloscope
13After Tiller$10,000--3--$3,333$30,7463Oscilloscope
15We Are What We Are (2013)$7,655-44%86$957$25,0442eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$7,308--5--$1,462$7,3081Anchor Bay Films
17Let the Fire Burn$5,375--1--$5,375$7,8841Zeitgeist Films
18All Is Bright$4,088--10--$409$4,0881Anchor Bay Films