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 Fri, Jun. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$12,142,8101114%3,379--$3,594$13,142,8101Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$7,525,24287%3,69251$2,038$81,419,5912Fox
3The Hangover Part II$5,699,405101%3,67560$1,551$203,759,5373Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$4,650,46567%3,929-23$1,184$114,920,5393Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$3,147,79464%3,433-533$917$201,075,2884Disney
6Bridesmaids$3,053,49079%2,9223$1,045$116,803,0655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,223,836--2,524--$881$2,223,8361Relativity Media
8Thor$712,21431%1,782-998$400$171,941,7226Paramount
9Fast Five$524,44547%1,329-908$395$203,891,3207Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$204,68467%527-164$388$137,315,4129Fox
2Something Borrowed$157,97727%366-322$432$37,320,0906Warner Bros.
3Water for Elephants$150,66250%466-106$323$56,271,6218Fox
4Jumping the Broom$135,58071%365-224$371$36,372,2356Sony / TriStar
5Soul Surfer$100,352--31772$317$41,986,36110Sony / TriStar
6Source Code$56,38662%248-40$227$54,044,89211Summit
7Rango$54,68533%220-34$249$122,352,59215Paramount
8Insidious$44,340121%134-26$331$53,143,54511FilmDistrict
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$36,938527%182102$203$9,581,1307Weinstein Company
10Priest (2011)$35,413-29%169-414$210$28,948,1215Sony / Screen Gems
11Limitless$33,95148%166-66$205$78,860,07113Relativity Media
12HOP$32,28515%190-55$170$107,938,07011Universal
13Hanna$30,01039%147-50$204$39,928,34110Focus
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,80642%112-84$213$52,712,8338Lionsgate
15The Lincoln Lawyer$23,47980%101-32$232$57,072,49513Lionsgate
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$21,928-9%117-65$187$52,406,34112Fox
17Win Win$18,65514%100-41$187$9,944,48813Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$228,907247%4727$4,870$1,763,5533Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$71,15611%470$1,514$6,634,68410Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$62,615319%1914$3,296$272,8852Focus
4Hubble 3D$29,3394%31-1$946$25,539,40665Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$18,46111%87-20$212$2,487,3795Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$18,092-20%90-38$201$10,962,35714Focus
7Submarine$13,466200%1713$792$75,3852Weinstein Company
8Scream 4$13,18210%80-121$165$38,103,0569Weinstein Company
9The Conspirator$10,782-10%66-44$163$11,381,1249Roadside Attractions
10The Beaver$4,330-36%46-22$94$902,8226Summit
1135 and Ticking$4,200497%1-3$4,200$64,9304Image Entertainment
12The Last Mountain$3,442203%31$1,147$25,6502Dada Films
13The King's Speech$1,54839%15-1$103$138,793,75429Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$1,508-45%40$377$25,7322Anchor Bay Films
15Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,296459%40$324$180,30739Collective Eye
16Kill the Irishman$87851%5-3$176$1,179,77614Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$23061%2-3$115$248,16713Roadside Attractions