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, Apr. 18 - Sun, Apr. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$26,612,000-36%3,825-113$6,957$201,526,4543Disney
2Rio 2$22,500,000-43%3,97527$5,660$75,385,3802Fox
3Heaven is for Real$21,500,000--2,417--$8,895$28,534,1931Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$11,150,000--3,455--$3,227$11,150,0001Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$9,100,000--2,310--$3,939$9,100,0001Open Road
6Draft Day$5,900,000-40%2,7810$2,122$19,547,7872Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$5,750,000-22%2,486-624$2,313$133,914,8675Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$5,202,000-57%2,6480$1,965$21,191,3912Relativity Media
9Noah$5,000,000-34%2,537-745$1,971$93,273,8264Paramount
10God's Not Dead$4,801,218-13%1,796-64$2,673$48,326,5315Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Bears$4,774,000--1,720--$2,776$4,774,0001Disneynature
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,425,000-16%1,280-187$2,676$44,974,4017Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$1,068,000-53%929-1332$1,150$48,318,5535Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$800,000-57%780-1221$1,026$107,176,5817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Under the Skin (2014)$467,37366%176122$2,656$1,086,2413A24
4The LEGO Movie$434,000-14%340-270$1,276$252,293,59011Warner Bros.
5The Raid 2$410,880-57%539-415$762$2,266,4694Sony Pictures Classics
6The Lunchbox$396,96240%15829$2,512$2,267,9088Sony Pictures Classics
7Non-Stop (2014)$376,000-50%360-402$1,044$90,143,8608Universal
8Need For Speed$286,000-58%258-355$1,109$42,640,8836Disney / DreamWorks
9Le Week-End$277,00011%1494$1,859$1,597,7216Music Box Films
10Son of God$276,000-7%503-402$549$59,442,3378Fox
11Frozen (2013)$254,000-34%290-54$876$399,873,07322Disney
12300: Rise of an Empire$235,000-47%265-260$887$105,484,5777Warner Bros.
13Bad Words$175,000-71%223-540$785$7,573,3186Focus
14Dom Hemingway$142,000103%12987$1,101$297,3393Fox Searchlight
15The Nut Job$116,165-38%201-60$578$64,021,14114Open Road
16Sabotage (2014)$81,182-78%130-621$624$10,353,4434Open Road
17Make Your Move$81,000--142--$570$81,0001High Top Releasing
18Cesar Chavez$80,000-72%117-188$684$5,388,0474Lionsgate / Pantelion
193 Days to Kill$66,00067%11027$600$30,538,4769Relativity Media
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$47,000-44%114-21$412$15,926,7276Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$202,00044%370$5,459$834,0013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fading Gigolo$198,399--5--$39,680$198,3991Millennium Entertainment
3The Railway Man$176,092185%2622$6,773$264,2422Weinstein Company
4Finding Vivian Maier$148,00049%3818$3,895$506,3954IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$134,58853%1713$7,917$264,7602Sony Pictures Classics
6Joe (2014)$77,140-27%480$1,607$229,6342Roadside Attractions
7That Demon Within$65,000--16--$4,063$65,0001China Lion Film
8Jodorowsky's Dune$44,0134%318$1,420$311,9615Sony Pictures Classics
9The Unknown Known$33,589-47%49-31$685$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
10The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$25,08435%84$3,136$62,4253Zeitgeist Films
11Frankie & Alice$23,000-82%43-128$535$667,2813Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
12Dancing in Jaffa$18,00070%97$2,000$36,7362IFC Films
13Watermark$17,399110%85$2,175$41,4573eOne Films US
14Enemy$16,432-45%15-24$1,095$982,5176A24
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$12,500--1--$12,500$12,5001Rialto Pictures
16Rob the Mob$11,983-60%13-17$922$174,9275Millennium Entertainment
1713 Sins$9,261--45--$206$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
18Hateship Loveship$9,00050%32$3,000$17,3292IFC Films
19Dallas Buyers Club$8,000-54%14-19$571$27,288,48225Focus
2020 Feet from Stardom$150-69%1-1$150$4,941,72745RADiUS-TWC