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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$16,725,083-24%3,081--$5,428$38,769,6871Paramount
2Red (2010)$9,204,73726%3,255--$2,828$16,511,2311Summit
3The Social Network$4,581,96937%2,86897$1,598$60,039,8463Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$3,989,58840%3,0720$1,299$24,843,8002Disney
5Life As We Know It$3,855,59626%3,1500$1,224$26,573,9732Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,897,29882%2,502-723$758$44,706,0434Warner Bros.
7The Town$1,803,15746%2,368-352$761$79,574,0565Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$1,402,45039%2,529-43$555$11,158,1402Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$1,201,28140%2,314-533$519$51,743,2535Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,084,33150%2,045-784$530$47,339,4174Fox
11You Again$553,24647%1,588-744$348$22,695,7564Disney
12Case 39$533,58537%1,406-806$380$11,639,3073Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$372,92046%1,211-831$308$10,844,3163Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$523,65130%75715$692$3,707,3722Focus
2N-Secure$513,09521%486--$1,056$935,9741Freestyle
3Devil$468,05055%891-551$525$31,372,1655Universal
4Alpha and Omega$358,42097%969-647$370$22,285,2715Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$298,83314%18279$1,642$2,340,6934Paramount Vantage
6Inception$161,78347%297-106$545$289,675,49814Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$154,38058%332-21$465$246,958,03515Universal
8Nowhere Boy$154,22571%215211$717$315,8342Weinstein Company
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$153,99356%438-574$352$59,637,0126Sony / Screen Gems
10Never Let Me Go$140,49542%23265$606$1,572,5675Fox Searchlight
11I Want Your Money$97,05715%537--$181$181,2041Freestyle
12Takers$93,30083%215-197$434$57,050,9648Sony / Screen Gems
13Catfish$91,06044%116-27$785$2,573,0965Universal / Rogue
14The Expendables$82,08851%30681$268$102,927,53610Lionsgate
15Eat Pray Love$75,20237%30388$248$80,219,29610Sony / Columbia
16Salt$64,75241%200-66$324$118,137,17713Sony / Columbia
17The Other Guys$54,84449%174-115$315$118,186,48511Sony / Columbia
18Buried$53,31027%10311$518$730,1724Lionsgate
19Nanny McPhee Returns$45,05057%205-113$220$28,864,5759Universal
20Lottery Ticket$43,46690%138-56$315$24,562,0409Warner Bros.
21Grown Ups$35,29663%114-45$310$161,900,06717Sony / Columbia
22The American$31,76242%144-30$221$35,474,0187Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stone$98,27445%4135$2,397$278,9672Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$93,39854%6--$15,566$154,0991Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$70,01022%611$1,148$16,730,33431Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$44,58553%11--$4,053$73,7311Fox Searchlight
5Vampires Suck$20,16875%87-103$232$36,577,6459Fox
6Machete$19,32250%96-71$201$26,463,7027Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$17,5094%16-2$1,094$24,484,97588Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$15,50156%77-42$201$43,564,75112Warner Bros.
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,00740%49-34$265$300,517,05716Summit
10Ramona and Beezus$11,99336%54-52$222$26,084,87013Fox
11Jack Goes Boating$11,77456%49-41$240$421,0225Relativity / Overture
12Avatar$7,711156%10-4$771$760,333,94544Fox
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$6,97827%11-1$634$61,2972Anchor Bay
14The Kids Are All Right$6,55831%28-3$234$20,799,18315Focus
15Going the Distance (2010)$5,61226%58-138$97$17,793,2147Warner Bros. / New Line
16The Tillman Story$5,43947%17-7$320$687,4259Weinstein Company
17Piranha 3D$5,42485%28-26$194$24,969,7599Weinstein Company
18Winter's Bone$4,992124%34-18$147$6,186,82719Roadside Attractions
19The Concert$2,13338%9-1$237$639,43313Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$28833%1-1$288$165,75811Anchor Bay