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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, May. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$5,705,388-73%4,359--$1,309$76,543,5951Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$2,215,378-70%4,177-213$530$253,241,4393Paramount
3Robin Hood$1,857,655-65%3,5052$530$68,023,3452Universal
4Letters to Juliet$859,921-62%2,9757$289$28,192,4282Summit
5MacGruber$471,935-53%2,551--$185$4,515,4301Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$361,746-67%1,8310$198$15,058,8172Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$266,069-60%1,869-612$142$91,014,8877Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$232,000-59%2,125-950$109$60,200,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$190,992-66%1,751-869$109$211,181,9109Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$95,256-57%1,079-1418$88$36,014,9635CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$47,033-72%1,369-1326$34$16,178,8174Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$87,548-62%395-148$222$5,189,9433Focus
2Kites$83,568-65%208--$402$1,042,8971Reliance Big Cinema
3Oceans$64,696-38%524-449$123$18,589,3615Disneynature
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$59,816-59%4118$146$332,254,08212Disney
5Death at a Funeral (2010)$54,253-62%561-501$97$41,517,2836Sony / Screen Gems
6Kick-Ass$41,257-49%309-300$134$47,213,2076Lionsgate
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$40,000-62%412-888$97$161,005,0008Warner Bros.
8Avatar$38,557-40%167-112$231$748,860,22223Fox
9Hot Tub Time Machine$38,000-51%278-180$137$49,622,0009MGM
10City Island$31,363-73%234-19$134$4,222,96810Anchor Bay
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$25,155-69%352-116$71$62,369,52010Fox
12The Last Song$23,338-59%357-445$65$61,665,0948Disney
13Shutter Island$18,700-82%256-54$73$127,582,84114Paramount
14The Losers$14,000-60%185-516$76$23,096,0005Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$10,205-57%166-43$61$88,490,82315Fox
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$6,546-63%133-148$49$59,814,6488Lionsgate
17The Tooth Fairy$4,411-70%115-17$38$59,907,48818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,000-14%480$1,417$6,445,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$18,908-60%4714$402$445,4202Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$12,00033%180$667$22,120,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$10,447-67%4--$2,612$105,3831Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$8,241-59%86-64$96$15,216,76114Summit
6Our Family Wedding$4,749-70%84-19$57$20,170,54411Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$3,864-57%47-30$82$4,220,65310Focus
8Letters to God$3,000--39-35$77$2,826,0007Vivendi
9The Runaways$2,133-59%30-19$71$3,562,69010Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$2,099-75%23-3$91$498,81312GKIDS
11The Joneses$1,266-59%27-29$47$1,428,5206Roadside Attractions
12The Square (2010)$1,146-65%12-2$96$263,4607Apparition
13Racing Dreams$680-86%31--$22$20,7281Hanover House
14Crazy Heart$658-74%28-22$24$39,455,73323Fox Searchlight