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 Tue, Aug. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$5,664,83113%3,395--$1,669$46,281,1571Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$4,256,2500%3,750--$1,135$44,963,5901Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$3,621,5055%3,7150$975$124,481,5342Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,299,364-1%4,145-230$796$325,139,2063Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,074,99113%3,020--$1,018$24,907,4121Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,633,52713%2,9260$558$41,255,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,167,9529%2,510-594$465$98,527,3374Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$851,9363%2,604-771$327$339,690,8055Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$713,53421%2,418-797$295$70,134,8474Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$381,6316%1,763-905$216$182,861,9746Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$315,57912%1,632-773$193$23,033,6853Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kung Fu Panda 2$148,05018%31969$464$161,955,41910Paramount / DreamWorks
2Bridesmaids$125,98511%484-196$260$165,696,80512Universal
3Bad Teacher$124,5036%765-1269$163$96,960,4726Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$107,07850%412-179$260$64,803,8497Fox
5The Hangover Part II$72,1035%34671$208$253,167,64510Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$56,75210%196-34$290$11,793,91010Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$52,5737%254-41$207$144,825,7419Fox
8Super 8$46,7897%325-333$144$125,064,3988Paramount
9Rio (2011)$46,70844%174-36$268$143,100,23016Fox
10Green Lantern$39,34513%135-286$291$114,401,7897Warner Bros.
11Beginners$36,93927%147-10$251$5,098,4809Focus
12Thor$36,0028%190-46$189$180,650,28213Paramount
13Larry Crowne$33,55518%335-700$100$35,169,9755Universal
14Monte Carlo$29,6348%168-192$176$22,332,8905Fox
15Fast Five$14,9654%125-49$120$209,717,57514Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$14,15448%161-29$88$14,904,1738Relativity Media
17A Better Life$10,58824%108-74$98$1,604,6766Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,6958%491$1,361$10,410,92217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,15120%3328$1,550$630,4332Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$37,93642%9332$408$774,5953Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$20,548-2%8--$2,569$180,9191Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$14,973-5%2016$749$252,2142Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,614-13%5--$2,323$121,3811Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,54430%41-50$135$58,673,90115Fox
8Project Nim$4,852-14%212$231$237,5744Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,118-4%1--$4,118$35,5311Roadside Attractions
10Insidious$2,926-2%41-18$71$53,949,10018FilmDistrict
11A Little Help$2,84620%240$119$91,0042Freestyle Releasing
12Submarine$1,73829%191$91$452,3889Weinstein Company
13Delhi Belly$82970%7-18$118$1,525,7035UTV Communications
14Everything Must Go$81125%8-1$101$2,695,58412Roadside Attractions
15The Music Never Stopped$201673%2-2$101$256,81720Roadside Attractions
1635 and Ticking$146-10%2-1$73$94,97011Image Entertainment
17The Last Mountain$97-16%2--$49$112,3839Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$4025%0----$2,7203Cinema Purgatorio