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, Aug. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,950,768-64%3,2700$597$67,307,8852Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,528,766-59%3,0820$496$48,742,8442Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$1,243,006-59%3,233--$384$19,809,7391Fox
4The Other Guys$1,240,192-59%3,472-179$357$89,493,6743Sony / Columbia
5Piranha 3D$1,089,393-63%2,470--$441$11,196,2651Weinstein Company
6Nanny McPhee Returns$1,085,760-57%2,784--$390$9,493,4451Universal
7Inception$963,445-61%2,401-719$401$262,995,0396Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$888,502-63%2,012--$442$9,325,2151Miramax
9Lottery Ticket$821,240-67%1,973--$416$11,473,5371Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$747,285-53%2,8202$265$21,645,5402Universal
11Despicable Me$659,445-58%2,236-687$295$231,716,4357Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$451,229-56%2,149-897$210$66,252,1484Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$416,130-57%1,592-847$261$37,285,0813Disney
14Salt$376,756-62%1,794-1040$210$110,271,8615Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$268,005-57%1,580-1148$170$39,928,6164Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$230,118-60%730-489$315$404,033,76010Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$98,202-63%404-426$243$18,337,9277Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$75,817-54%557-655$136$297,292,6158Summit
4Hubble 3D$67,371-49%15197$446$14,098,56323Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$59,805-53%388-244$154$24,348,4575Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$51,760-54%647-1436$80$30,397,9004Universal
7Grown Ups$39,916-58%424-544$94$158,991,2489Sony / Columbia
8Shrek Forever After$33,822-61%232-22$146$237,770,53214Paramount / DreamWorks
9Knight and Day$30,353-53%277-33$110$75,709,8829Fox
10Winter's Bone$26,440-62%131-5$202$5,207,30311Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$21,989-63%223-141$99$130,107,6328Paramount
12Predators$18,758-56%234-109$80$51,416,4157Fox
13The A-Team$12,460-57%151-53$83$76,993,22111Fox
14Marmaduke$8,284-66%122-29$68$33,501,23412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$22,621-14%160$1,414$23,867,39980Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$9,081-80%706$130$609,7082UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,597-51%29-15$262$578,1743Warner Bros.
4The Tillman Story$6,314-65%4--$1,579$58,4991Weinstein Company
5The Concert$6,084-70%201$304$294,5915Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$5,042-51%56-28$90$7,323,07710Fox Searchlight
7Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$4,571-72%27--$169$395,0515NeoClassics
8La Soga$4,487-66%209$224$115,45527-57 Releasing
9Middle Men$2,435-53%16-236$152$726,1493Paramount
10Letters to Juliet$2,202-47%35-26$63$53,023,76215Summit
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,921-64%8-4$240$112,2293Anchor Bay
12Tales From Earthsea$1,777-45%50$355$42,8062Disney
13Solitary Man$1,244-80%19-9$65$4,295,95814Anchor Bay
14City Island$274-54%4-4$69$6,669,37223Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$210-51%1-2$210$870,05215Roadside Attractions