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, Nov. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,785,460-65%4,125--$2,130$133,802,8321Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,514,190-67%3,779-170$401$110,827,6193Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$1,132,834-63%3,2092$353$43,000,6032Fox
4Due Date$917,013-58%3,229-136$284$73,348,6073Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$616,955-61%2,564--$241$7,159,7341Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$480,210-62%2,54426$189$20,303,3462Paramount
7Skyline$360,375-62%2,8833$125$18,133,1352Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$257,531-58%2,034-844$127$83,847,4966Summit
9For Colored Girls$190,227-66%1,216-911$156$34,629,8803Lionsgate
10Secretariat$110,771-58%1,010-1009$110$56,489,2747Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$94,932-56%1,101-1302$86$83,678,1625Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$120,099-68%386211$311$3,844,6453Summit
2127 Hours$103,961-61%10886$963$2,006,2973Fox Searchlight
3The Social Network$96,834-59%571-517$170$89,341,2988Sony / Columbia
4Jackass 3D$88,581-52%687-920$129$116,183,0236Paramount
5Saw 3D$86,889-57%806-1170$108$45,374,0644Lionsgate
6Life As We Know It$54,617-56%558-681$98$51,685,5797Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$33,500-56%268-5$125$249,202,87520Universal
8Guzaarish$30,317-79%108--$281$518,4381UTV
9Hereafter$30,040-61%403-1288$75$32,215,4866Warner Bros.
10Alpha and Omega$23,650-62%252129$94$24,826,72310Lionsgate
11The Town$21,910-57%165-210$133$91,004,17910Warner Bros.
12Inception$18,590-51%198-64$94$292,086,68519Warner Bros.
13Waiting for 'Superman'$17,696-45%118-86$150$6,148,1629Paramount Vantage
14Conviction$17,143-61%190-303$90$6,454,8506Fox Searchlight
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$9,353-61%185-64$51$52,325,4289Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,669-62%138-102$63$54,478,8219Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,238-7%571$671$18,393,52736Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$9,0890%13-1$699$24,865,72193Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$4,118-59%55-32$75$1,715,9497Relativity / Overture
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,155-46%46-21$69$6,353,2137Focus
5Let Me In$2,612-58%85-58$31$12,117,4348Relativity / Overture
6Nowhere Boy$2,608-70%60-51$43$1,397,0667Weinstein Company
7Catfish$1,170-58%13-12$90$3,222,32310Universal / Rogue
8Wild Target$878-56%72$125$65,5704Freestyle
9Jack Goes Boating$545-47%18-16$30$522,46710Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$309-53%11-10$28$789,16314Weinstein Company