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 Fri, Sep. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machete$3,866,357--2,670--$1,448$3,866,3571Fox
2The American$3,844,126162%2,823--$1,362$6,987,9111Focus
3Takers$3,065,695158%2,2060$1,390$29,516,5202Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$2,245,758163%2,8740$781$27,018,1422Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$2,229,382--3,030--$736$2,229,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$1,651,010116%3,3980$486$87,218,7804Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$1,362,365156%2,607-574$523$102,828,5765Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,335,42558%2,663-445$501$65,439,4594Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,157,787140%1,704-366$679$273,731,0418Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$880,085110%2,708-90$325$19,746,0603Universal
11The Switch (2010)$851,64592%1,885-132$452$19,226,7853Miramax
12Vampires Suck$820,126170%2,434-799$337$30,118,7833Fox
13Despicable Me$671,885165%1,600-233$420$238,122,8359Universal
14Piranha 3D$611,90353%1,789-702$342$20,707,7103Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$515,366132%1,310-663$393$18,873,0633Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$419,694265%1,520920$276$406,575,06712Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$563,72674%812--$694$755,849,76538Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$419,64074%807-759$520$27,701,5504Universal
3Salt$317,769106%705-463$451$114,278,7667Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$262,15077%804-697$326$70,153,6636Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$189,36648%434-467$436$40,478,2785Disney
6Grown Ups$139,396--383120$364$159,584,20611Sony / Columbia
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$113,557116%396-80$287$298,366,77810Summit
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$107,11572%455-368$235$41,673,3116Warner Bros.
9The Kids Are All Right$101,30374%239-103$424$19,498,5259Focus
10The Last Airbender$74,963133%257-49$292$130,811,89410Paramount
11Ramona and Beezus$63,171127%305-49$207$25,002,5727Fox
12Hubble 3D$54,11532%123-28$440$14,776,64925Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Karate Kid (2010)$53,496--227-28$236$176,045,52913Sony / Columbia
14Charlie St. Cloud$38,485185%220-113$175$30,850,2756Universal
15Shrek Forever After$38,228134%179-28$214$238,161,91316Paramount / DreamWorks
16Knight and Day$35,88697%142-87$253$76,103,47511Fox
17Predators$20,57454%111-76$185$51,695,5829Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$72,150--78--$925$72,1501UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$34,176875%2419$1,424$158,2563Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$30,362121%90-27$337$5,521,92713Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$14,08234%160$880$24,040,78382Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$12,737107%282$455$712,8785Warner Bros.
6The A-Team$9,98363%54-38$185$77,130,40213Fox
7The Concert$9,88055%200$494$404,1257Weinstein Company
8Marmaduke$6,17749%45-21$137$33,589,45914Fox
9Peepli Live$6,173114%26-19$237$724,6064UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,852117%18-3$325$465,1627NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,447123%26-6$171$7,368,03112Fox Searchlight
12White Wedding (2009)$2,384--4--$596$2,3841Dada Films
13Solitary Man$2,3424%245$98$4,329,48816Anchor Bay
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,226105%6-1$371$137,7585Anchor Bay
15La Soga$1,96147%5-7$392$152,65347-57 Releasing
16Princess Kaiulani$876321%32$292$873,78517Roadside Attractions