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, Jun. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$37,725,329586%4,011--$9,405$43,225,3290Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,540,193-22%4,115--$1,346$85,723,6031Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,979,609-24%3,049--$977$42,507,7901Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,340,791-22%3,3423$401$43,723,9432Fox
5Green Lantern$1,212,252-42%3,514-302$345$94,422,2532Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,192,725-21%3,42416$348$99,326,4223Paramount
7Bridesmaids$628,050-23%1,590-431$395$148,698,6157Universal
8X-Men: First Class$525,562-40%2,023-1352$260$135,153,6264Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$448,904-31%2,527-942$178$154,721,3635Paramount / DreamWorks
10Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$447,446-31%1,742-1000$257$231,011,9686Disney
11The Hangover Part II$429,042-34%2,025-1435$212$245,377,6885Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$153,720-16%215100$715$6,340,7135Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$98,869-13%344-64$287$139,933,30911Fox
3Thor$63,035-22%404-471$156$177,441,8778Paramount
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$55,326-58%891-1633$62$13,749,2513Relativity Media
5Fast Five$44,590-31%343-113$130$207,925,1409Universal
6Water for Elephants$40,041-13%292-59$137$57,812,12910Fox
7Something Borrowed$28,236-28%231184$122$38,539,6238Warner Bros.
8Rango$21,135-10%156-32$135$123,072,94317Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$17,484-9%189-31$93$57,679,11215Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$11,086-26%1140$97$10,016,8009Weinstein Company
11Source Code$10,091-15%106-55$95$54,565,66513Summit
12The Art of Getting By$8,831-67%129-481$68$1,415,0552Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,539-16%47-165$1,246$7,910,81612Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$54,292-11%7329$744$1,715,7504Focus
3Hubble 3D$26,586-12%330$806$26,155,78967Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$10,158-5%74-24$137$53,558,40813FilmDistrict
5Submarine$6,126-16%260$236$308,4204Weinstein Company
6Jane Eyre (2011)$6,040-7%51-17$118$11,190,46216Focus
7Limitless$5,918-23%85-32$70$79,195,25915Relativity Media
8Hanna$5,192-18%59-32$88$40,218,88912Focus
9A Better Life$5,010-10%4--$1,253$78,5451Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,652-26%58-32$80$52,654,73214Fox
11The Beaver$3,054-11%6643$46$967,5948Summit
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,448-2%46-25$53$52,896,50710Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$2,367-4%33-22$72$2,638,2927Roadside Attractions
14Win Win$2,077-32%32-35$65$10,130,07615Fox Searchlight
15The Conspirator$1,510-6%0-44--$11,492,14911Roadside Attractions
16Scream 4$985-4%180$55$38,179,92511Weinstein Company
17The Last Mountain$786-10%6-1$131$85,5914Dada Films
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$61821%4--$155$214,53841Collective Eye
19Beautiful Boy$605-12%42$151$65,8694Anchor Bay Films
20Kill the Irishman$121-3%2-6$61$1,188,06416Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$8244%2-1$41$250,22315Roadside Attractions
2235 and Ticking$60-8%10$60$75,7346Image Entertainment