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 Wed, Nov. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$14,425,86341%4,125--$3,497$158,493,0481Warner Bros.
2Tangled$11,869,194--3,603--$3,294$11,869,1940Disney
3Burlesque$2,865,612--3,037--$944$2,865,6120Sony / Screen Gems
4Megamind$2,693,41129%3,411-538$790$115,608,0383Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$2,239,489--2,366--$947$2,239,4890Fox
6Unstoppable (2010)$1,911,92823%3,26154$586$46,462,8542Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,601,189--2,454--$652$1,601,1890CBS Films
8Due Date$1,368,0329%2,733-632$501$75,970,9233Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$748,045-5%2,564--$292$8,698,8811Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$610,307-10%2,441-77$250$21,593,2752Paramount
11Skyline$240,335-46%2,8833$83$18,820,3352Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$277,683121%279257$995$2,409,5843Fox Searchlight
2Red (2010)$222,170-38%914-1964$243$84,433,0006Summit
3Fair Game (2010)$184,52023%396221$466$4,179,3463Summit
4For Colored Girls$160,220-25%605-1522$265$35,004,6073Lionsgate
5Secretariat$119,919-19%501-1518$239$56,757,6757Disney
6The Social Network$113,803-13%291-797$391$89,585,6478Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me$73,15056%266-7$275$249,322,99020Universal
8Guzaarish$60,44920%108--$560$629,2231UTV
9Paranormal Activity 2$44,190-63%279-2124$158$83,842,9135Paramount
10The Town$40,21349%318-57$126$91,071,33710Warner Bros.
11Jackass 3D$37,900-68%183-1424$207$116,340,9706Paramount
12Alpha and Omega$34,7367%228105$152$24,894,04310Lionsgate
13Easy A$33,178--105--$316$57,679,80810Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$29,451-62%301-938$98$51,792,3167Warner Bros.
15Saw 3D$25,245-78%806-1170$31$45,514,0754Lionsgate
16Inception$24,6707%164-98$150$292,134,45419Warner Bros.
17Hereafter$15,445-56%313-1378$49$32,266,2796Warner Bros.
18Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$12,67434%130-110$97$54,500,9849Warner Bros.
19Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$9,258-33%124-125$75$52,348,4229Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$48,049-24%571$843$18,505,14236Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Waiting for 'Superman'$12,572-50%69-135$182$6,186,0649Paramount Vantage
3Under the Sea 3D$11,399-17%13-1$877$24,890,85393Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Nutcracker in 3D$10,019--45--$223$10,0190Freestyle Releasing
5Conviction$9,092-63%88-405$103$6,488,2146Fox Searchlight
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,693-1%46-21$80$6,360,6297Focus
7Nowhere Boy$3,547-12%60-51$59$1,404,6247Weinstein Company
8Stone$2,277-58%23-64$99$1,723,6987Relativity / Overture
9Wild Target$1,32068%72$189$67,6774Freestyle
10Let Me In$1,262-60%31-112$41$12,121,8498Relativity / Overture
11Catfish$1,260-12%9-16$140$3,225,01310Universal / Rogue
12Jack Goes Boating$69317%9-25$77$523,75310Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$259-31%11-10$24$789,80014Weinstein Company