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. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$45,050,000--3,470--$12,983$45,050,0001Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,500,000--3,934--$8,261$32,500,0001Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,400,000-47%3,11323$4,947$52,138,9252Universal
4The LEGO Movie$11,005,000-47%3,290-480$3,345$224,971,6125Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,000,000-61%3,27111$3,057$41,494,8952Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,100,000-37%2,001-1001$1,549$70,601,6435Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,062,000-38%2,348-524$1,304$25,556,2173Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$3,010,000-17%1,660-86$1,813$393,050,11416Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,175,000123%1,065654$2,042$53,107,03521Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,004,000-34%1,323-546$1,515$129,968,0808Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,000,000-56%1,714-1171$1,167$54,746,1084Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,650,000-51%1,074-730$1,536$46,498,3904Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,600,000-63%1,658-1000$965$21,068,0283Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,100,000-43%605-340$1,818$148,430,90813Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$900,0001%38444$2,344$271,812,60623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$871,000-43%4960$1,756$3,458,2303Disney
4Philomena$708,000-41%670-427$1,057$35,931,74716Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$700,000-43%359-146$1,950$115,702,85711Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$637,00047%31296$2,042$26,206,60719Focus
7Endless Love (2014)$434,000-72%536-1338$810$23,128,7904Universal
8Lone Survivor$411,000-60%472-545$871$124,118,25611Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$338,00059%333118$1,015$257,391,30713Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$316,000-52%490-262$645$61,399,6078Open Road
11Repentance$290,000-42%1575$1,847$912,0972Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$264,000-37%155-95$1,703$25,000,17812Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$221,000-60%188-420$1,176$25,589,6266Focus
14Nebraska$200,000-49%180-109$1,111$17,482,51717Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,000-89%304-1013$510$127,256,37712Paramount
16August: Osage County$125,000-48%196-150$638$37,304,45611Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$125,000-33%133-65$940$424,094,84316Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$120,000-56%107-260$1,121$50,108,0348Paramount
19Stalingrad (2014)$105,000-79%143-165$734$862,6092Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$800,000--4--$200,000$800,0001Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$180,09340%6512$2,771$727,2496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$159,63289%7729$2,073$2,443,33717Janus Films
4The Lunchbox$126,443184%1310$9,726$190,2832Sony Pictures Classics
5Gloria (2014)$107,400-27%75-27$1,432$1,769,6427Roadside Attractions
6I, Frankenstein$55,000-58%92-77$598$18,955,0987Lionsgate
7Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,300163%2317$2,100$116,1213IFC Films
8Labor Day (2013)$45,000-6%84-23$536$13,320,6006Paramount
9The Legend Of Hercules$36,000-49%61-28$590$18,816,7939Lionsgate / Summit
10Particle Fever$34,800--3--$11,600$41,7011Abramorama / Bond 360
11The Face of Love$25,800--3--$8,600$25,8001IFC Films
12Beijing Love Story$12,000-71%6-5$2,000$412,9484China Lion Film
13In Bloom$2,307133%42$577$35,6499Big World Pictures