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 Sun, Jul. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$14,215,865-32%3,476--$4,090$56,397,1251Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$8,351,095-32%4,4680$1,869$235,370,8152Summit
3Predators$5,886,517-30%2,669--$2,206$24,706,8821Fox
4Toy Story 3$5,588,658-38%3,753-275$1,489$339,240,8574Disney
5The Last Airbender$4,695,299-30%3,20334$1,466$99,712,7572Paramount
6Grown Ups$4,215,292-35%3,463-71$1,217$110,721,5313Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$1,920,817-42%2,628-476$731$61,808,1103Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$1,386,406-39%2,458-651$564$164,301,1245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$450,160-39%1,236-917$364$73,923,5945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$327,767-44%200123$1,639$3,426,5454Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$196,695-34%442-442$445$59,424,0556Universal
3Shrek Forever After$130,059-37%461-496$282$233,784,8978Paramount / DreamWorks
4Winter's Bone$112,231-48%10623$1,059$2,512,4555Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$100,390-50%172-4$584$3,505,2798Anchor Bay
6Iron Man 2$100,117-41%333-189$301$309,237,29410Paramount
7Marmaduke$91,092-35%383-92$238$31,545,7376Fox
8How to Train Your Dragon$82,939-34%254-49$327$216,893,96716Paramount / DreamWorks
9Letters to Juliet$73,978-52%241-99$307$51,726,0649Summit
10Robin Hood$71,985-41%300-78$240$104,494,8059Universal
11Killers$56,917-53%269-458$212$45,845,6086Lionsgate
12Sex and the City 2$55,899-35%156-199$358$94,701,6897Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$48,556-37%205-37$237$98,002,74614Fox
14Splice$42,352-17%20464$208$16,762,2086Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$24,933-25%130-45$192$163,102,60015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$148,647-26%7--$21,235$491,9711Focus
2Hubble 3D$67,340-29%531$1,271$10,272,71717Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Hate Luv Storys$28,669-48%79--$363$748,3752UTV
4City Island$20,051-53%65-16$308$6,498,01017Anchor Bay
5Just Wright$14,440-37%80-15$181$21,416,3939Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$12,018-42%130$924$22,816,25574Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Furry Vengeance$11,148-50%86-21$130$17,596,25611Summit
8Jonah Hex$9,941-43%65-285$153$10,083,2394Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$9,468-36%61-36$155$37,447,76712CBS Films
10Avatar$8,737-51%90$971$749,657,40930Fox
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,579-24%53-57$162$63,059,65511Warner Bros. / New Line
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$8,056-34%51-19$158$63,870,49717Fox
13Grease Sing-a-Long$4,451-86%12--$371$95,7691Paramount
14Princess Kaiulani$1,729-16%61$288$846,7719Roadside Attractions
15The Secret of Kells$1,130-22%10-4$113$681,17119GKIDS
16The Joneses$8515%21$426$1,474,50813Roadside Attractions
17The Square (2010)$743-48%50$149$400,87514Apparition
18Racing Dreams$644-60%1-2$644$55,5898Hanover House
19Raajneeti$288-70%5--$58$1,514,5576UTV Communications