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, Dec. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,142,775--3,536--$2,020$7,142,7750Universal
2TRON: Legacy$5,630,623-11%3,451--$1,632$62,082,8251Disney
3True Grit (2010)$5,539,010--3,047--$1,818$5,539,0100Paramount
4Yogi Bear$2,907,171-1%3,515--$827$24,695,3121Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,516,171-5%3,532-23$712$50,153,5712Fox
6Tangled$2,255,536-8%2,582-983$874$134,624,9114Disney
7Black Swan$1,763,49511%1,4561366$1,211$20,645,6723Fox Searchlight
8The Fighter$1,396,450-27%2,5032499$558$17,488,7072Paramount
9The Tourist$1,011,771-31%2,7560$367$34,313,2722Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$903,132-20%1,840-1737$491$268,711,9165Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$856,190-28%2,483--$345$10,600,1861Sony / Columbia
12Megamind$139,439-34%1,025-1400$136$142,164,9867Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burlesque$115,957-66%501-2375$231$36,287,7554Sony / Screen Gems
2Tees Maar Khan$89,477--108--$828$89,4770UTV Communications
3Unstoppable (2010)$88,389-73%578-2389$153$78,078,1156Fox
4Due Date$63,043-75%424-1566$149$97,867,1047Warner Bros.
5Red (2010)$61,498-15%439-125$140$88,623,08810Summit
6127 Hours$58,475-51%170-246$344$9,608,7397Fox Searchlight
7Love and Other Drugs$57,960-74%244-1996$238$30,686,6254Fox
8The Social Network$51,561-4%25831$200$91,995,53012Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me$50,095-7%233-22$215$250,638,10024Universal
10Fair Game (2010)$26,239-27%268-168$98$8,742,9657Summit
11Life As We Know It$25,855210%248128$104$52,317,51211Warner Bros.
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,372-29%180-108$130$55,275,73313Warner Bros.
13Faster (2010)$16,057-77%167-1939$96$22,650,5864CBS Films
14Morning Glory (2010)$14,431-38%263-741$55$30,624,2316Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$13,405-25%17449$77$84,484,8829Paramount
16Jackass 3D$12,754178%13729$93$116,896,92210Paramount
17The Next Three Days$8,726-75%361-1065$24$21,020,0745Lionsgate
18Hereafter$7,572-47%15366$49$32,610,41510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$263,66447%8768$3,031$3,544,7584Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$48,05526%47-10$1,022$19,479,03140Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$25,26117%172$1,486$542,2557Warner Bros.
4I Love You Phillip Morris$17,434-32%5015$349$586,8253Roadside Attractions
5Under the Sea 3D$12,60128%121$1,050$25,115,63197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Tempest$8,331-36%138$641$152,7732Disney
7Country Strong$7,395--2--$3,698$7,3950Sony / Screen Gems
8The Town$5,504-52%87-168$63$92,101,49114Warner Bros.
9Rabbit Hole$5,353-26%5--$1,071$74,8481Lionsgate
10For Colored Girls$3,114-50%79-164$39$37,640,4607Lionsgate
11The Warrior's Way$2,985-83%34-1588$88$5,539,7503Relativity Media
12Inception$2,540-53%40-68$64$292,525,04123Warner Bros.
13Waiting for 'Superman'$1,114-51%33-22$34$6,415,44813Paramount Vantage
14Stone$595-80%267$23$1,801,95411Relativity / Overture
15Winter's Bone$296-54%41$74$6,239,09028Roadside Attractions