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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,378,81013%2,534--$1,728$44,188,6521Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,584,9561%3,69143$971$112,340,8222Fox
3The Smurfs$2,488,5589%3,42732$726$106,544,8603Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$2,031,1279%3,155--$644$21,917,6871Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,869,8552%2,888--$647$17,030,0901Sony / Columbia
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,155,40910%2,635-385$438$57,729,2533Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,142,368-1%2,414-761$473$359,637,7785Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$1,055,1217%2,835-785$372$159,011,4014Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$1,026,1007%3,310-444$310$83,660,0003Universal
10The Change-Up$1,005,22017%2,9130$345$27,703,4052Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$786,589-6%2,040--$386$7,588,6661Fox
12Horrible Bosses$357,1647%1,338-687$267$110,693,4176Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$326,93717%1,294-1104$253$53,685,8014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,2286%886-968$207$347,624,2177Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$163,6525%748-976$219$76,120,1916Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$112,385-4%494-432$228$186,425,8018Disney
4Sarah's Key$78,51813%10134$777$2,171,7454Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern$66,77711%242134$276$115,164,1739Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$65,28516%252-38$259$163,555,22912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$62,1349%294-33$211$66,213,2759Fox
8Bridesmaids$56,96011%285-89$200$167,278,13014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$34,73020%183-53$190$145,752,16411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$27,5005%232-71$119$253,995,05412Warner Bros.
11Bad Teacher$27,18923%149-201$182$97,950,7818Sony / Columbia
12The Tree of Life$26,3764%118-52$224$12,524,25712Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$18,96711%108-66$176$125,556,15710Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$18,19717%104-12$175$1,229,5705Fox Searchlight
15Beginners$16,42220%103-23$159$5,556,58711Focus
16Monte Carlo$15,23011%124-17$123$22,718,4467Fox
17Larry Crowne$10,7908%166-63$65$35,586,7257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,816-9%490$1,302$11,444,11819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$42,6053%8956$479$782,8403Lionsgate
3Aarakshan$35,13366%91--$386$400,9351Reliance Big Pictures
4Another Earth$24,010-1%8227$293$747,4164Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$18,1408%4032$454$488,9913Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$12,55322%99-40$127$143,501,10318Fox
7The Future$10,3133%202$516$254,9073Roadside Attractions
8Thor$8,5518%81-60$106$180,969,30015Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,19019%55-33$94$15,010,54410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,9013%18-3$217$315,3276Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$3,42455%51-23$67$1,703,6138Summit
12The Last Mountain$1,17583%5--$235$121,92511Dada Films
13Insidious$612-3%13-13$47$53,979,18320FilmDistrict
14Submarine$225-38%7-3$32$467,29111Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$22317%3-5$74$2,702,95514Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$138-8%2-2$69$11,533,69718Roadside Attractions