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

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,432,383-13%The Other Woman (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,869,37332%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,614,033-11%Neighbors (2014)
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,342,74831%Godzilla (2014)
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,220,0565%X-Men: Days of Future Past
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,443,433-11%Maleficent
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,881,743-2%The Fault in Our Stars
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,713,279-22%Think Like a Man Too
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$179,990,09724%Transformers: Age of Extinction
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,168,728-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$185,892,8880%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,063,789-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,502,460-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$90,906,65639%No Good Deed (2014)
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$0-100%$0-100%Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?