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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
198839 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 1988$17,949,885-31%$25,260,369-13%Dead Ringers
200039 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 2000$50,236,097-27%$64,957,774-18%Remember the Titans
200439 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 2004$55,723,379-25%$71,408,536-24%The Forgotten
200339 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 2003$74,447,175-16%$93,939,050-8%The Rundown
198339 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 1983$17,997,328-15%$20,733,834-12%The Big Chill
200739 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2007$72,768,976-13%$90,923,648-9%The Game Plan
199439 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 1994$37,774,192-11%$40,963,717-16%The River Wild
201339 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 2013$91,565,449-11%$108,114,390-9%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
198539 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1985$22,011,016-10%$23,503,118-17%Invasion U.S.A.
199139 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1991$29,505,432-10%$33,226,132-5%The Fisher King
201139 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 2011$83,299,640-6%$99,728,540-1%Dolphin Tale
199639 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1996$41,257,693-5%$45,830,187-6%The First Wives Club
200939 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 2009$79,373,564-3%$96,779,755-5%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
198639 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 1986$21,808,317-1%$24,011,4022%Crocodile Dundee
199839 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1998$64,079,1266%$67,756,8225%Rush Hour
199339 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 1993$42,505,2737%$48,491,94210%The Good Son (1993)
199939 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 1999$69,030,7028%$79,544,37517%Double Jeopardy
201039 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 2010$88,901,91012%$100,663,2804%Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
200839 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 2008$82,147,08613%$101,345,90411%Eagle Eye
199539 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 1995$43,393,25515%$48,956,28020%Seven
200639 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 2006$83,618,13717%$100,292,22613%Open Season (2006)
199039 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 1990$32,770,48718%$34,922,11510%Pacific Heights
198739 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1987$25,867,13219%$29,168,71621%Fatal Attraction
200139 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2001$61,239,41022%$75,858,31117%Don't Say a Word
201239 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2012$102,991,09424%$119,200,36120%Hotel Transylvania
200539 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 2005$71,401,97428%$88,716,36724%Flightplan
199239 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1992$39,580,76434%$44,230,44733%The Last of the Mohicans
198439 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 1984$24,456,56836%$28,430,90337%All of Me
200239 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 2002$88,802,40045%$102,285,41335%Sweet Home Alabama
199739 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 1997$60,725,47047%$64,405,74241%The Peacemaker
198939 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 1989$27,672,42154%$31,837,25826%Black Rain