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 Tue, Jul. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$6,068,2190%3,7920$1,600$155,017,1202Warner Bros.
2Salt$4,378,7716%3,612--$1,212$44,512,6511Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$3,617,33515%3,60099$1,005$168,039,4653Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,381,04517%3,5040$394$45,170,1222Disney
5Toy Story 3$1,378,84618%2,766-411$498$381,967,1036Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$1,355,86120%2,719--$499$10,291,7031Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,153,3847%3,121-880$370$282,063,2664Summit
8Grown Ups$1,066,38014%2,859-215$373$144,245,7725Sony / Columbia
9The Last Airbender$589,05510%2,127-678$277$124,433,2524Paramount
10Predators$404,339-4%1,846-823$219$47,664,1483Fox
11Knight and Day$214,6317%1,265-660$170$73,090,4205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$319,68118%201163$1,590$5,500,3183Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$169,20615%780-752$217$172,030,0307Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$100,94520%4548$222$6,514,1716Fox Searchlight
4Iron Man 2$74,91012%330-32$227$310,982,91712Paramount
5Shrek Forever After$50,25248%202-38$249$234,930,11610Paramount / DreamWorks
6Marmaduke$50,24841%254-20$198$32,663,1118Fox
7The A-Team$43,3528%296-132$146$75,821,0237Fox
8Winter's Bone$41,69327%1298$323$3,631,0817Roadside Attractions
9Killers$38,20518%23367$164$46,433,4708Lionsgate
10Letters to Juliet$36,01524%234-38$154$52,568,77111Summit
11Get Him to the Greek$31,9953%221-66$145$60,560,9458Universal
12Jonah Hex$23,87514%176130$136$10,414,1026Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$22,22530%171-55$130$105,094,07011Universal
14Date Night$13,23318%108-58$123$98,452,47616Fox
15Solitary Man$11,55821%105-41$110$4,053,59910Anchor Bay

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,0996%530$1,474$11,657,27119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$21,8564%130$1,681$23,185,42776Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sex and the City 2$12,10422%69-28$175$95,085,7279Warner Bros. / New Line
4City Island$4,35817%40-9$109$6,631,17119Anchor Bay
5Splice$2,9566%39-78$76$16,985,9828Warner Bros
6Avatar$1,486-15%3-1$495$749,730,22932Fox
7The Secret of Kells$28456%4-2$71$690,04221GKIDS
8Princess Kaiulani$146265%2-1$73$858,60411Roadside Attractions