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, Jan. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$11,443,88048%3,55418$3,220$96,001,3052Universal
2True Grit (2010)$9,870,70121%3,08336$3,202$80,290,8242Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$8,141,13563%3,365-86$2,419$125,681,2063Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,739,55917%3,5150$1,348$62,158,1093Warner Bros.
5The Fighter$4,423,22166%2,53423$1,746$43,465,0154Paramount
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,062,80520%2,948-402$1,378$84,128,9024Fox
7Black Swan$3,884,035100%1,55387$2,501$44,750,3785Fox Searchlight
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,773,45127%3,089543$1,222$24,895,1682Fox
9Tangled$3,756,72615%2,5820$1,455$165,041,1166Disney
10The Tourist$2,835,61545%2,7560$1,029$52,802,5804Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$1,982,23551%2,4830$798$23,791,1263Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,871,36239%1,7320$1,080$282,101,4897Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,972,81318%7000$4,247$20,646,8476Weinstein Company
2Megamind$242,53017%7640$317$144,010,3229Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$238,28848%45057$530$79,343,0458Fox
4The Social Network$211,12578%2490$848$93,087,40714Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$184,81363%3300$560$37,587,8606Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$178,13040%4040$441$99,113,1699Warner Bros.
7127 Hours$130,716146%103-12$1,269$10,333,9449Fox Searchlight
8Red (2010)$128,76859%303-27$425$89,425,06512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$98,110157%17531$561$31,197,5916Fox
10Life As We Know It$96,164112%2480$388$52,823,50713Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$72,89045%1974$370$251,155,93026Universal
12Tees Maar Khan$53,17187%104-4$511$1,003,7822UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$42,33762%109-52$388$9,090,7269Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$37,47055%1580$237$55,523,88315Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$34,796233%119-4$292$22,834,6626CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$32,878251%1370$240$117,085,76112Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$29,096229%1450$201$84,641,43811Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$18,71930%1260$149$30,746,5338Paramount
19Hereafter$17,10989%1280$134$32,701,56412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$90,848126%68-1$1,336$1,060,7595Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$80,64190%4--$20,160$220,9451Weinstein Company
3Somewhere (2010)$63,526126%81$7,941$386,0602Focus
4Rabbit Hole$59,98198%340$1,764$383,4133Lionsgate
5Hubble 3D$38,406-36%470$817$20,107,77442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Biutiful$19,985165%2--$9,993$46,9141Roadside Attractions
7Country Strong$16,99249%20$8,496$106,6282Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$16,26759%81-30$201$21,118,5067Lionsgate
9Under the Sea 3D$13,39812%120$1,117$25,260,75099Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Town$11,360102%620$183$92,166,39716Warner Bros.
11Inception$7,02450%280$251$292,565,21225Warner Bros.
12The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$6,458-34%15--$431$667,3319Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$6,35080%384$167$5,565,7455Relativity Media
14The Tempest$4,55166%6-8$759$228,2044Disney
15For Colored Girls$4,38635%28-11$157$37,673,5909Lionsgate
16Summer Wars$3,22269%21$1,611$12,6022GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$1,015242%2-3$508$6,244,76030Roadside Attractions