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 Sat, Oct. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$8,876,16911%2,771--$3,203$16,876,3381Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,161,686101%3,5750$1,444$26,924,7742Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,395,52434%3,59732$1,222$33,450,8732Fox
4The Town$4,256,20236%2,93550$1,450$61,695,3033Warner Bros.
5Easy A$3,017,57833%2,974118$1,015$40,719,9393Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$2,730,95462%2,5480$1,072$15,305,2582Disney
7Case 39$2,176,15319%2,211--$984$4,004,6311Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$2,057,7428%2,021--$1,018$3,971,4381Relativity / Overture
9Devil$1,662,44048%2,392-419$695$26,514,0803Universal
10Alpha and Omega$1,358,477120%2,303-322$590$17,999,6783Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,220,49453%1,907-735$640$55,847,6574Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$471,12491%625-282$754$288,218,80112Warner Bros.
2Takers$377,95864%773-640$489$55,984,9616Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$231,20115%13679$1,700$1,463,5883Universal / Rogue
4The Other Guys$210,34557%566-481$372$117,602,3009Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$206,03589%463-147$445$245,966,76013Universal
6Eat Pray Love$135,54141%398-457$341$79,621,6178Sony / Columbia
7Salt$122,50440%288102$425$117,484,75111Sony / Columbia
8Lottery Ticket$119,22592%302--$395$24,185,3747Warner Bros.
9The Expendables$105,61459%410-442$258$102,457,0118Lionsgate
10Nanny McPhee Returns$101,01083%481-284$210$28,458,4307Universal
11The American$96,26148%374-941$257$35,153,2335Focus
12Machete$91,35041%314-368$291$26,147,7445Fox
13Grown Ups$76,64373%230-35$333$161,604,38615Sony / Columbia
14Dinner for Schmucks$73,56444%261-62$282$72,769,12210Paramount / DreamWorks
15Vampires Suck$67,17657%261-154$257$36,328,5997Fox
16The Last Exorcism$59,27454%307-400$193$40,963,6966Lionsgate
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$55,187106%188-79$294$43,394,64410Warner Bros.
18Ramona and Beezus$38,18895%161-30$237$25,948,81211Fox
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,88857%141-83$219$300,393,45814Summit
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$28,83526%120-113$240$31,476,8908Universal
21The Virginity Hit$18,9649%434-266$44$522,9474Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$17,75740%121-354$147$17,657,5595Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$143,342-9%3430$4,216$494,3812Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$79,40947%4317$1,847$670,8163Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$51,58460%58-3$889$16,120,04529Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jack Goes Boating$43,74952%7942$554$244,1683Relativity / Overture
5Buried$40,22330%3322$1,219$210,2952Lionsgate
6Piranha 3D$30,71369%9529$323$24,882,7947Weinstein Company
7The Kids Are All Right$19,81257%64-43$310$20,720,55113Focus
8Winter's Bone$19,09538%72-7$265$6,110,39917Roadside Attractions
9Under the Sea 3D$11,64433%180$647$24,326,50386Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$9,48721%270$351$626,3887Weinstein Company
11Avatar$9,46247%19-10$498$760,270,84642Fox
12The Concert$9,00667%213$429$606,23511Weinstein Company
13Flipped$7,26741%35-71$208$1,736,0549Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$2,0813%13-42$160$108,8724Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,17238%31$391$160,8359Anchor Bay
16Solitary Man$36346%1-5$363$4,360,54820Anchor Bay