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 Sun, Jul. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,933,697-24%4,10719$3,393$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$8,027,500-23%3,040--$2,641$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$5,182,351-31%3,482--$1,488$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$4,313,927-29%3,990-125$1,081$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$2,414,088-30%2,962-87$815$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$1,532,640-37%2,9763$515$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$1,249,491-39%2,292-796$545$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$966,579-28%2,4730$391$16,125,5072Fox
9Green Lantern$899,985-29%2,015-1265$447$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$832,700-30%1,996-865$417$58,051,2094Fox
11Bridesmaids$705,280-34%1,102-287$640$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$433,177-27%847-755$511$142,090,1216Fox
2The Hangover Part II$311,027-37%835-733$372$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$282,339-36%622-851$454$236,250,4798Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$253,560-27%650-631$390$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$245,959-25%2379$1,038$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
6Thor$172,192-23%31545$547$178,739,97110Paramount
7Beginners$163,574-32%15547$1,055$3,250,7496Focus
8A Better Life$116,912-11%153142$764$559,5503Summit
9Rio (2011)$116,290-26%272-36$428$141,282,07613Fox
10Fast Five$80,735-21%241-61$335$208,782,68511Universal
11Water for Elephants$34,750-31%168-66$207$58,290,36612Fox
12Soul Surfer$33,705-34%160-45$211$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$28,584-28%112-28$255$53,200,43712Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$24,066-17%171-50$141$14,148,5175Relativity Media
15Something Borrowed$17,611-32%113-78$156$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
16The Lincoln Lawyer$17,088-34%106-32$161$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$93,913-42%901$1,043$1,232,6102UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$68,148-15%481$1,420$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,771-23%28-5$1,242$26,548,09169Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$25,800-15%8111$319$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
5Project Nim$8,109-23%4--$2,027$25,8201Roadside Attractions
6Source Code$7,458-36%41-25$182$54,696,90215Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,847-18%42-26$139$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
8Double Dhamaal$5,762-29%20-21$288$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
9Submarine$5,256-25%19-1$277$377,8076Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,864-34%21-5$136$11,232,82518Focus
11Everything Must Go$2,790-12%17-2$164$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$1,735-19%150$116$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$1,3274%3--$442$90,4256Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$1,278-31%42$320$85,0908Image Entertainment
15Chillar Party$1,030-46%7--$147$4,1551UTV Communications
16The Music Never Stopped$709-34%4-1$177$253,89917Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$655-34%3-1$218$73,1586Anchor Bay Films