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, Jul. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$91,071,119--4,375--$20,816$91,071,1191Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,314,78761%3,917-190$1,612$287,865,0393Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$5,493,91192%3,13494$1,753$47,866,0502Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$3,888,63279%3,4820$1,117$33,941,0982Sony / Columbia
5Winnie the Pooh$2,915,267--2,405--$1,212$2,915,2671Disney
6Cars 2$2,434,77135%3,249-741$749$159,416,9964Disney
7Bad Teacher$1,608,88472%2,659-303$605$84,914,0764Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$800,56531%2,287-689$350$29,855,5753Universal
9Super 8$578,41222%1,459-833$396$120,895,3946Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$431,313-7%1,002-994$430$60,535,9745Fox
11Monte Carlo$423,032-22%1,169-1304$362$19,215,0553Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$505,76056%872-230$580$160,113,13510Universal
2Green Lantern$433,08615%973-1042$445$111,853,1195Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$184,21427%470-377$392$143,004,4857Fox
4The Tree of Life$162,48760%235-2$691$9,626,2538Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$161,78233%455-380$356$251,538,9328Warner Bros.
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$144,5871%373-249$388$237,005,0669Disney
7Kung Fu Panda 2$139,7912%354-296$395$159,753,5658Paramount / DreamWorks
8Thor$110,30031%272-43$406$179,225,30711Paramount
9Beginners$109,600106%17015$645$3,609,4737Focus
10Rio (2011)$100,47027%241-31$417$141,709,77714Fox
11A Better Life$82,958158%21663$384$783,6984Summit
12Fast Five$62,55592%212-29$295$208,991,04512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$47,728167%21443$223$14,273,6716Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$28,76445%120-48$240$58,402,02713Fox
15Soul Surfer$28,709--126-34$228$43,798,33115Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,907-6%480$1,352$9,058,45815Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$38,734--24--$1,614$38,7341Fox Searchlight
3Delhi Belly$32,94186%67-23$492$1,354,0173UTV Communications
4Hubble 3D$31,249-1%27-1$1,157$26,698,50170Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Something Borrowed$25,518110%74-39$345$38,906,02711Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,56317%87-25$190$53,272,67013Lionsgate
7Insidious$14,91514%66-15$226$53,793,29716FilmDistrict
8The Lincoln Lawyer$12,87557%72-34$179$57,952,47618Lionsgate
9Project Nim$12,718356%2218$578$51,5132Roadside Attractions
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$3,205-38%19-23$169$10,129,69812Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,754440%52$551$96,1057Dada Films
12Submarine$2,445-15%14-5$175$392,5597Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$1,76433%12-5$147$2,674,06710Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$1,43290%10-5$143$11,517,96314Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,00788%51$201$87,6659Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$50735%1-2$507$75,0377Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$110-39%4-3$28$5,7572UTV Communications