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. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$6,579,40449%3,12441$2,106$106,436,5733Paramount
2Little Fockers$6,229,12547%3,675121$1,695$120,655,8853Universal
3TRON: Legacy$4,625,87072%3,013-352$1,535$145,440,2724Disney
4Season of the Witch$4,303,45814%2,816--$1,528$8,065,6101Relativity Media
5Black Swan$3,404,96940%1,58431$2,150$58,946,5326Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$3,259,300151%3,288-227$991$73,353,9824Warner Bros.
7The Fighter$3,052,64642%2,528-6$1,208$56,050,3075Paramount
8Country Strong$3,017,76817%1,4241422$2,119$5,731,8453Sony / Screen Gems
9Tangled$2,438,878109%2,383-199$1,023$174,275,7107Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,180,91897%2,964-125$736$33,147,4663Fox
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,141,11082%2,814-134$761$93,249,4295Fox
12The Tourist$1,691,79142%2,442-314$693$60,272,8825Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,069,21566%1,507-225$709$287,020,5958Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$839,58335%1,902-581$441$28,417,1014Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,835,56561%75858$3,741$31,081,0797Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$301,26562%603354$500$93,911,93915Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$162,90353%398-52$409$79,950,1759Fox
4Megamind$133,225136%375-389$355$144,589,10610Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$126,20338%21237$595$31,610,5817Fox
6Due Date$111,95231%244-160$459$99,594,64010Warner Bros.
7Burlesque$108,36340%228-102$475$38,169,4107Sony / Screen Gems
8I Love You Phillip Morris$93,78857%10032$938$1,371,8106Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$91,69346%261-42$351$89,797,35313Summit
10Life As We Know It$67,99746%188-60$362$53,096,01414Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$58,740120%178-19$330$251,351,69027Universal
12Morning Glory (2010)$41,96434%17852$236$30,861,2079Paramount
13Fair Game (2010)$34,85373%103-6$338$9,224,04910Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$285,72440%4036$7,143$930,3862Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$99,42850%48--$2,071$165,7801UTV Communications
3127 Hours$95,17749%88-15$1,082$10,766,52910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$68,96261%179$4,057$612,3593Focus
5Hubble 3D$52,76567%481$1,099$20,353,44743Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rabbit Hole$48,63673%340$1,430$594,7964Lionsgate
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$27,659153%95-63$291$55,620,96616Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$23,28854%79-40$295$22,928,0547CBS Films
9Jackass 3D$17,08147%70-67$244$117,179,96713Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$15,59251%90-55$173$84,714,96112Paramount
11The Warrior's Way$13,24717%32-6$414$5,599,8896Relativity Media
12Summer Wars$6,58440%1412$470$30,7683GKIDS
13Tees Maar Khan$6,26569%38-66$165$1,068,2963UTV Communications
14Hereafter$5,68650%33-95$172$32,738,29513Warner Bros.
15For Colored Girls$2,56583%21-7$122$37,685,12110Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$2,06183%64$344$6,252,80831Roadside Attractions