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 Thu, May. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$14,208,000--3,445--$4,124$14,208,0000Warner Bros. / New Line
2Shrek Forever After$4,441,9109%4,359--$1,019$89,750,3511Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$1,840,2249%4,177-213$441$258,576,9103Paramount
4Robin Hood$1,542,0204%3,5052$440$72,719,8652Universal
5Letters to Juliet$814,7161%2,9757$274$30,703,4182Summit
6MacGruber$344,095-4%2,551--$135$5,650,3351Universal / Rogue
7Just Wright$284,625-3%1,684-147$169$15,997,5182Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$212,609-8%1,409-1072$151$91,697,7087Fox
9A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$162,000-20%2,125-950$76$60,779,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon$133,264-7%1,751-869$76$211,604,2199Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Back-up Plan$51,978-32%1,079-1418$48$36,235,3135CBS Films
12Furry Vengeance$26,113-31%1,369-1326$19$16,284,5554Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$86,9041%395-148$220$5,448,4983Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$59,62110%4118$145$332,430,20012Disney
3Oceans$40,675-24%524-449$78$18,735,3985Disneynature
4Kites$37,959-14%208--$182$1,183,8531Reliance Big Cinema
5Death at a Funeral (2010)$37,498-20%470-592$80$41,655,0686Sony / Screen Gems
6Hot Tub Time Machine$32,0000%278-180$115$49,721,0009MGM
7City Island$31,871-9%234-19$136$4,329,27510Anchor Bay
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$28,000-18%412-888$68$161,101,0008Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$27,244-17%309-300$88$47,309,2676Lionsgate
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid$23,40020%352-116$66$62,434,86810Fox
11Avatar$23,2950%161-118$145$748,928,85923Fox
12Shutter Island$20,2154%256-54$79$127,642,60514Paramount
13The Last Song$16,070-21%357-445$45$61,723,8438Disney
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,05521%166-43$67$88,520,12115Fox
15The Losers$9,300-15%185-516$50$23,128,0005Warner Bros.
16The Tooth Fairy$6,22019%115-17$54$59,924,48718Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$4,956-15%133-148$37$59,831,9218Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,00010%480$1,875$6,686,10010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$20,8516%4714$444$504,5892Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$20,00054%180$1,111$22,165,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$8,827-13%4--$2,207$132,5561Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$6,727-13%86-64$78$15,238,65814Summit
6Our Family Wedding$5,2906%84-19$63$20,185,79811Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$4,374-2%47-30$93$4,234,17010Focus
8The Secret of Kells$3,0772%23-3$134$507,47012GKIDS
9Letters to God$1,900-49%39-35$49$2,834,0007Vivendi
10The Square (2010)$1,267-14%12-2$106$267,5247Apparition
11The Runaways$1,188-18%30-19$40$3,567,45710Apparition
12Crazy Heart$1,06111%28-22$38$39,458,87523Fox Searchlight
13The Joneses$882-35%27-29$33$1,431,9476Roadside Attractions