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, Mar. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$1,626,655-20%3,917--$415$43,837,5091Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,278,525-24%2,840--$450$25,616,2801Universal
3Hall Pass$696,282-15%2,9500$236$29,127,8832Warner Bros. / New Line
4Unknown (2011)$457,183-19%2,913-130$157$54,531,2673Warner Bros.
5Beastly$428,151-30%1,952--$219$11,424,5211CBS Films
6Just Go With It$424,460-18%2,920-624$145$89,495,9354Sony / Columbia
7The King's Speech$417,505-17%2,240-145$186$124,923,59215Weinstein Company
8I Am Number Four$387,545-16%2,903-253$133$47,764,6923Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$317,859-18%2,984-53$107$85,118,8144Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$270,461-12%2,003--$135$4,360,5381Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$206,241-20%2,2900$90$9,797,2372Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$160,344-19%2,254-556$71$69,392,9004Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$134,059-22%1,642-1179$82$33,724,5583Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$87,850-10%68164$129$105,389,45914Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$75,371-6%575-93$131$92,270,35213Paramount
3Cedar Rapids$68,543-10%23599$292$3,605,7784Fox Searchlight
4True Grit (2010)$63,571-5%725-497$88$168,880,05911Paramount
5No Strings Attached$39,177-7%425-941$92$69,776,0827Paramount
6The Roommate$33,729-19%606-1120$56$36,960,3175Sony / Screen Gems
7The Eagle$26,0120%327-1241$80$19,218,7374Focus
8Biutiful$25,342-16%145-36$175$4,309,84410Roadside Attractions
9The Green Hornet$15,984-8%269-398$59$97,087,1208Sony / Columbia
10The Rite$12,466-3%201-344$62$32,660,3386Warner Bros. / New Line
11Little Fockers$12,045-10%221-40$55$148,257,07011Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$11,916-6%208-95$57$294,600,09716Warner Bros.
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$11,288-7%185-63$61$104,029,14913Fox
14127 Hours$11,141-16%135-85$83$18,172,38918Fox Searchlight
15Yogi Bear$10,945-15%266-100$41$98,189,31512Warner Bros.
16The Company Men$10,844-6%112-73$97$4,088,5637Weinstein Company
17The Mechanic$6,204-20%109-295$57$28,900,9186CBS Films
18Season of the Witch$5,680-10%109-62$52$24,762,2029Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,623-23%156-48$36$42,591,92911Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,63513%49-1$523$22,355,92951Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$10,914-7%96-71$114$9,440,09510Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$3,85920%55-28$70$2,129,97812Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$2,20012%2--$1,100$41,2431Anchor Bay Films
5From Prada to Nada$1,9390%35-46$55$2,944,3566Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I Love You Phillip Morris$1,491-23%13-2$115$1,968,75514Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$96231%41$241$62,7904Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$80737%13-122$62$6,522,29139Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$293-54%15-53$20$269,9023UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$39-44%1-1$39$19,6753Phase 4 Films