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 Mon, Jul. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,752,188-55%3,715--$2,087$72,810,7121Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,477,328-56%4,3750$1,481$280,016,6092Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,711,053-48%2,926--$927$21,333,2031Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,614,162-53%3,104-30$520$84,180,8653Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,577,501-57%3,375-542$467$327,418,6864Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,272,100-47%3,215-267$396$60,478,3553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$834,257-50%2,668-581$313$177,209,5525Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$787,047-49%2,4050$327$18,381,3442Disney
9Bad Teacher$371,954-47%2,034-625$183$94,737,6425Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$119,025-55%1,035-1252$115$34,446,4304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$176,665-51%680-192$260$164,009,53511Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$152,596-40%591-411$258$63,653,4166Fox
3Super 8$111,278-46%658-801$169$124,346,3807Paramount
4Monte Carlo$86,567-38%360-809$240$21,859,1554Fox
5The Tree of Life$74,233-56%230-5$323$11,112,3839Fox Searchlight
6Thor$58,223-45%236-36$247$180,194,41112Paramount
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,574-40%250-104$226$160,832,6579Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rio (2011)$55,358-39%210-31$264$142,634,90915Fox
9X-Men: First Class$55,040-45%295-175$187$144,265,4048Fox
10Green Lantern$51,566-49%421-552$122$113,971,7756Warner Bros.
11Beginners$43,652-65%157-13$278$4,651,0708Focus
12The Hangover Part II$41,632-45%275-180$151$252,500,9419Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$24,490-33%190-24$129$14,684,4957Relativity Media
14Fast Five$24,360-55%174-38$140$209,470,13513Universal
15A Better Life$22,661-68%182-34$125$1,436,6215Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$67,160-6%480$1,399$9,786,50316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,267-16%270$1,084$27,049,35671Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$25,037-59%6137$410$436,1702Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$13,450-65%5--$2,690$129,1581Weinstein Company
5Another Earth$9,752-60%4--$2,438$87,4921Fox Searchlight
6Water for Elephants$9,371-46%91-29$103$58,603,40514Fox
7Insidious$5,973-48%59-7$101$53,905,84517FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$5,855-62%19-3$308$177,0823Roadside Attractions
9Something Borrowed$4,749-41%47-27$101$39,030,93512Warner Bros.
10A Little Help$4,652-65%24--$194$49,5221Freestyle Releasing
11Delhi Belly$3,279-67%25-42$131$1,505,0444UTV Communications
12Submarine$2,688-60%184$149$429,5928Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$726-58%9-3$81$2,687,49211Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$352-12%3-2$117$93,38410Image Entertainment
15The Conspirator$314-83%100$31$11,529,98815Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$20-99%2--$10$231,10145Collective Eye