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 Thu, Mar. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$1,765,7459%3,917--$451$45,603,2541Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,375,9808%2,840--$485$26,992,2601Universal
3Hall Pass$703,3861%2,9500$238$29,831,2692Warner Bros. / New Line
4The King's Speech$513,53123%2,240-145$229$125,437,12315Weinstein Company
5Unknown (2011)$513,23912%2,913-130$176$55,044,5063Warner Bros.
6Just Go With It$485,64614%2,920-624$166$89,981,5814Sony / Columbia
7Beastly$465,8809%1,952--$239$11,890,4011CBS Films
8I Am Number Four$430,71711%2,903-253$148$48,195,4093Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$366,29615%2,984-53$123$85,485,1104Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$258,315-4%2,003--$129$4,618,8531Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$206,5520%2,2900$90$10,003,7892Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$183,91115%2,254-556$82$69,576,8114Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$131,896-2%1,642-1179$80$33,856,4543Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$98,25412%68164$144$105,487,71314Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$84,85313%575-93$148$92,355,20513Paramount
3True Grit (2010)$76,40320%725-497$105$168,956,46211Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$70,5163%23599$300$3,676,2944Fox Searchlight
5No Strings Attached$39,6921%425-941$93$69,815,7747Paramount
6The Roommate$37,84412%606-1120$62$36,998,1615Sony / Screen Gems
7Biutiful$27,6369%145-36$191$4,337,48010Roadside Attractions
8The Eagle$25,9140%327-1241$79$19,244,6514Focus
9The Green Hornet$16,3472%269-398$61$97,103,4678Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$14,65623%208-95$70$294,614,75316Warner Bros.
11The Company Men$14,09730%112-73$126$4,102,6607Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$13,81024%135-85$102$18,186,19918Fox Searchlight
13Little Fockers$13,36511%221-40$60$148,270,43511Universal
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,26117%185-63$72$104,042,41013Fox
15Yogi Bear$12,14811%266-100$46$98,201,46312Warner Bros.
16The Rite$11,968-4%201-344$60$32,672,3066Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Mechanic$7,91528%109-295$73$28,908,8336CBS Films
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$7,25429%156-48$47$42,599,18311Fox
19Season of the Witch$6,24810%109-62$57$24,768,4509Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,11437%49-1$717$22,391,04351Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$13,42423%96-71$140$9,453,51910Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$4,0004%55-28$73$2,133,97812Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$1,965-11%2--$983$43,2081Anchor Bay Films
5From Prada to Nada$1,919-1%35-46$55$2,946,2756Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-14%13-2$99$1,970,04314Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$930-3%41$233$63,7114Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$577-29%13-122$44$6,522,86839Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$3054%15-53$20$270,2073UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$4721%1-1$47$19,7223Phase 4 Films