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 Sun, Jan. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$3,598,584-45%3,12441$1,152$110,035,1573Paramount
2Little Fockers$3,031,875-51%3,675121$825$123,687,7603Universal
3TRON: Legacy$2,772,148-40%3,013-352$920$148,212,4204Disney
4Season of the Witch$2,546,765-41%2,816--$904$10,612,3751Relativity Media
5Black Swan$2,271,972-33%1,58431$1,434$61,218,5046Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$2,082,789-36%3,288-227$633$75,436,7714Warner Bros.
7The Fighter$1,795,639-41%2,528-6$710$57,845,9465Paramount
8Country Strong$1,731,609-43%1,4241422$1,216$7,463,4543Sony / Screen Gems
9Tangled$1,503,786-38%2,383-199$631$175,779,4967Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,300,855-40%2,964-125$439$34,448,3213Fox
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,282,767-40%2,814-134$456$94,532,1965Fox
12The Tourist$885,062-48%2,442-314$362$61,157,9445Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$641,175-40%1,507-225$425$287,661,7708Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$416,556-50%1,902-581$219$28,833,6574Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,815,586-36%75858$2,395$32,896,6657Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$165,531-45%603354$275$94,077,47015Sony / Columbia
3Megamind$85,278-36%375-389$227$144,674,38410Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$73,072-55%398-52$184$80,023,2479Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$72,591-42%21237$342$31,683,1727Fox
6Burlesque$70,507-35%228-102$309$38,239,9177Sony / Screen Gems
7I Love You Phillip Morris$63,670-32%10032$637$1,435,4806Roadside Attractions
8Due Date$57,892-48%244-160$237$99,652,53210Warner Bros.
9Red (2010)$45,584-50%261-42$175$89,842,93713Summit
10Life As We Know It$37,713-45%188-60$201$53,133,72714Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$32,930-44%178-19$185$251,384,62027Universal
12Morning Glory (2010)$22,772-46%17852$128$30,883,9799Paramount
13Fair Game (2010)$17,903-49%103-6$174$9,241,95210Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$214,198-25%4036$5,355$1,144,5842Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$61,693-38%48--$1,285$227,4731UTV Communications
3127 Hours$58,070-39%88-15$660$10,824,59910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$51,630-25%179$3,037$663,9893Focus
5Hubble 3D$35,070-34%481$731$20,388,51743Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rabbit Hole$33,185-32%340$976$627,9814Lionsgate
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$17,962-35%95-63$189$55,638,92816Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$13,177-43%79-40$167$22,941,2317CBS Films
9Jackass 3D$10,333-40%70-67$148$117,190,30013Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$8,195-47%90-55$91$84,723,15612Paramount
11Summer Wars$5,186-21%1412$370$35,9543GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$5,031-62%32-6$157$5,604,9206Relativity Media
13Tees Maar Khan$4,390-30%38-66$116$1,072,6863UTV Communications
14Hereafter$3,301-42%33-95$100$32,741,59613Warner Bros.
15Winter's Bone$1,574-24%64$262$6,254,38231Roadside Attractions
16For Colored Girls$1,153-55%21-7$55$37,686,27410Lionsgate