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 Thu, Oct. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,825,607-4%2,771--$659$30,569,1701Sony / Columbia
2The Town$772,194-7%2,93550$263$67,436,5193Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$726,351-9%3,59732$202$39,041,5782Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$568,2343%3,5750$159$32,385,9652Warner Bros.
5Easy A$457,50711%2,974118$154$43,938,7833Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$414,8904%2,5480$163$18,257,2132Disney
7Case 39$353,917-4%2,211--$160$6,969,7001Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$346,662-4%2,021--$172$6,723,8011Relativity / Overture
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$241,9483%1,907-735$127$57,611,7264Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$227,9506%2,392-419$95$28,236,8353Universal
11Alpha and Omega$151,91813%2,303-322$66$19,517,6743Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$73,3364%625-282$117$288,691,29612Warner Bros.
2Takers$53,7181%773-640$69$56,384,7816Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$52,151-6%13679$383$1,842,7513Universal / Rogue
4Eat Pray Love$39,721-3%398-457$100$79,866,9468Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$34,19415%566-481$60$117,825,7899Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$29,9958%463-147$65$246,209,75013Universal
7The Expendables$24,66810%410-442$60$102,610,6018Lionsgate
8The American$20,853-3%374-941$56$35,290,0965Focus
9Machete$20,211-4%314-368$64$26,288,9905Fox
10Dinner for Schmucks$17,624-1%261-62$68$72,879,62610Paramount / DreamWorks
11Lottery Ticket$14,9622%302-68$50$24,307,8887Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$14,39520%481-284$30$28,576,0357Universal
13Vampires Suck$12,9075%261-154$49$36,411,5507Fox
14The Last Exorcism$11,4656%307-400$37$41,034,3506Lionsgate
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,95419%141-83$56$300,438,76614Summit
16Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,7758%120-113$65$31,524,2758Universal
17The Virginity Hit$6,9141%434-266$16$563,7064Sony / Columbia
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,91414%188-79$37$43,461,63210Warner Bros.
19Ramona and Beezus$4,98927%161-30$31$25,990,37611Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$4,39912%121-354$36$17,682,5495Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$51,01415%3430$1,500$774,9512Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$31,928-3%58--$550$16,281,93029Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$19,660-2%4317$457$803,9633Fox Searchlight
4Buried$14,70116%3322$445$289,3442Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$10,627-12%7942$135$316,0903Relativity / Overture
6The Kids Are All Right$6,4732%64-43$101$20,755,52113Focus
7Winter's Bone$6,141-1%79-3$78$6,144,89417Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$5,023-26%180$279$24,359,43986Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Piranha 3D$5,0192%9529$53$24,921,0067Weinstein Company
10The Tillman Story$3,604-16%270$133$649,3147Weinstein Company
11The Concert$3,4395%213$164$623,64811Weinstein Company
12Avatar$2,527-20%19-10$133$760,290,29042Fox
13Flipped$1,5372%35-71$44$1,745,2749Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$9331%13-42$72$113,5684Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2621%31$87$162,7739Anchor Bay