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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,381,00032%No Good Deed (2014)
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$150,807,000-17%The Other Woman (2014)
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,407,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,265,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$178,909,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$184,862,000-33%22 Jump Street
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$192,965,00028%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,297,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,049,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$227,996,0004%Lucy
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,093,000-16%Maleficent
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,237,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,543,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,616,00017%22 Jump Street
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$275,335,0001%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$275,558,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,543,00057%Transformers: Age of Extinction
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$40,374-100%$0Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?