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, Nov. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$18,728,940-10%4,1250$4,540$209,530,6192Warner Bros.
2Tangled$18,553,073-5%3,603--$5,149$58,041,1441Disney
3Megamind$4,855,800-8%3,411-368$1,424$127,753,2614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,778,5533%3,183-26$1,501$58,408,7343Fox
5Burlesque$4,658,5863%3,037--$1,534$14,548,7181Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,870,7911%2,455--$1,577$11,848,7601Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,460,8757%2,454--$1,410$10,174,9171CBS Films
8Due Date$2,945,3024%2,555-674$1,153$83,466,6604Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,944,8877%2,5640$759$13,469,0202Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,577,166-1%2,441-103$646$25,607,1393Paramount
11Skyline$469,6557%1,189-1694$395$19,983,9353Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$680,6444%293185$2,323$4,049,1464Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$650,45810%39610$1,643$5,638,2604Summit
3For Colored Girls$593,16911%605-611$980$36,328,5754Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$571,6051%914-1120$625$85,879,9467Summit
5The Social Network$294,2094%291-280$1,011$90,293,1069Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$250,112-9%501-509$499$57,425,7238Disney
7Despicable Me$148,9607%266-2$560$249,650,17021Universal
8The Town$133,06213%318153$418$91,366,02211Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$92,7675%279-822$332$84,066,7216Paramount
10Easy A$83,53916%251146$333$57,875,22211Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$75,202-1%183-504$411$116,532,8297Paramount
12Life As We Know It$68,09813%249-309$273$51,953,9658Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$66,16010%228-24$290$25,038,34011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$57,14312%145-661$394$45,647,5045Lionsgate
15Inception$50,1244%144-54$348$292,256,47020Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$33,06517%202-201$164$32,441,5677Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$29,82020%130-8$229$54,562,50510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$131,73911%4--$32,935$250,7911Weinstein Company
2Guzaarish$80,12435%96-12$835$841,8842UTV
3Hubble 3D$77,571-4%570$1,361$18,684,80637Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$32,56423%86-104$379$6,556,5577Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$25,8057%45--$573$71,5451Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$22,627-4%69-49$328$6,238,55110Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$20,849-5%130$1,604$24,928,47794Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$20,18719%90-95$224$52,392,93910Fox
9Stone$6,94323%23-32$302$1,737,9718Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$6,49632%40-20$162$1,418,7158Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,285-1%9-4$365$3,233,15811Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,062-2%6-1$510$74,8115Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,89013%31-54$93$12,128,2109Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$2,31080%9-9$257$527,45911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$942-5%132$72$792,10115Weinstein Company
16Cool It$495224%1-41$495$57,6803Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$2365%2-2$118$6,226,17925Roadside Attractions