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 Tue, May. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,052,664-26%4,155--$1,457$104,347,7741Disney
2Bridesmaids$2,334,915-14%2,93719$795$64,392,9502Universal
3Thor$1,284,927-23%3,924-39$327$148,325,1943Paramount
4Fast Five$850,880-19%3,622-171$235$188,065,7554Universal
5Priest (2011)$504,137-12%2,8640$176$24,912,3982Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$421,0061%2,606-298$162$32,358,5723Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$341,594-37%2,593-336$132$132,564,0176Fox
8Jumping the Broom$275,987-9%1,472-563$187$31,900,5963Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$248,666-6%1,894-531$131$52,969,3555Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$77,722-9%984-484$79$40,774,0267Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$72,9244%912-537$80$51,866,9195Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$59,5295%24527$243$1,744,7952Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$41,395-33%35759$116$78,172,62610Relativity Media
5Insidious$40,394-16%501-261$81$52,520,8458FilmDistrict
6Source Code$40,119-32%377-249$106$53,054,8848Summit
7Hanna$36,135-19%279-146$130$39,247,8257Focus
8Rango$35,407-7%30286$117$35,40712Paramount
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,206-62%642-634$55$9,326,8244Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,263-9%208-40$150$10,436,46311Focus
11Win Win$25,721-8%202-46$127$9,404,62510Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,211-6%269-101$90$10,959,6076Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$23,169-21%258-87$90$56,560,92510Lionsgate
14The Beaver$21,174-7%16863$126$623,6343Summit
15HOP$17,665-50%354-105$50$107,244,7408Universal
16Arthur (2011)$14,472-7%237-107$61$32,830,8247Warner Bros.
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,706-31%253-58$46$51,916,2569Fox
18Scream 4$11,017-14%205-221$54$37,741,5306Weinstein Company
19The Adjustment Bureau$10,9950%116-48$95$62,475,33012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,717-18%50-7$1,274$5,489,8987Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,130-10%340$680$25,083,22862Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$3,1039%45-94$69$36,387,6669Warner Bros.
4The King's Speech$2,202-15%40-31$55$138,757,27326Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,088-10%50-50$42$37,656,97311Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,845-36%6--$308$34,5441Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,22711%64-154$19$175,0202Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,093-20%12-1$91$1,155,72111Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$832-39%0-11--$5,096,63221Roadside Attractions
10Skateland$629-23%119$57$16,3912Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$396-8%11-9$36$560,3155Fox Searchlight
12Meet Monica Velour$198-65%21$99$32,4067Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$7--5--$1$242,92510Roadside Attractions