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 Thu, Aug. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,333,909-22%2,511--$1,726$9,873,8260Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,329,199-12%3,648--$1,187$77,375,9191Fox
3The Smurfs$2,474,724-17%3,3950$729$88,045,6602Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,522,004-8%3,175-970$479$350,085,9414Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,390,483-8%3,620-95$384$149,760,2063Paramount
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,332,670-9%3,7544$355$73,862,7102Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,258,251-14%3,0200$417$48,472,2962Warner Bros.
8The Change-Up$1,150,635-14%2,913--$395$19,532,2051Universal
9Friends With Benefits$528,509-12%2,240-686$236$51,232,8823Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$488,315-14%2,025-485$241$107,564,6465Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$356,139-5%1,854-750$192$345,884,1686Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$240,701-9%1,458-960$165$74,797,4355Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$153,750-10%773-990$199$185,536,6567Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$96,734-9%615-1017$157$24,908,0644Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$89,022-9%290-29$307$163,082,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$69,190-5%374-110$185$166,809,37513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,8820%327-85$211$65,707,4358Fox
6X-Men: First Class$50,2618%235-19$214$145,500,73710Fox
7The Hangover Part II$37,844-9%303-43$125$253,759,62811Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$37,494-6%314-451$119$97,697,5947Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$34,254-9%170-26$201$12,313,59711Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$21,055-8%174-151$121$125,411,7859Paramount
11Monte Carlo$19,594-1%141-27$139$22,602,0766Fox
12Rio (2011)$19,593-8%139-35$141$143,408,67317Fox
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,115-18%11623$165$1,113,8094Fox Searchlight
14Beginners$18,4462%126-21$146$5,425,11510Focus
15Thor$16,7200%141-49$119$180,897,79214Paramount
16Larry Crowne$14,885-13%229-106$65$35,473,0156Universal
17Green Lantern$12,810-2%108-27$119$114,631,2018Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$73,138-8%490$1,493$11,085,02818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$51,045-16%6734$762$1,537,9293Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$20,495-11%3328$621$438,5312Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,309-1%5535$333$534,6413Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$11,361-12%80$1,420$346,1362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$8,705-6%1817$484$170,8572Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$7,740-6%86-39$90$209,837,67515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,940-23%88-73$68$14,988,1369Relativity Media
9Project Nim$3,50617%210$167$284,5885Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$3,32717%74-34$45$1,680,5457Summit
11Gun Hill Road$3,084-18%3--$1,028$52,0271Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,59916%26-15$62$53,972,68519FilmDistrict
13Submarine$1,206-21%10-9$121$463,50610Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72811%3--$243$235,33047Collective Eye
15Everything Must Go$42038%80$53$2,701,35113Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$63-72%2--$32$11,532,59717Roadside Attractions
17Delhi Belly$58-81%6-1$10$1,532,5946UTV Communications