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. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,073,23218%2,690156$1,142$77,020,2942Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,812,79611%3,471-220$522$137,028,2373Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,330,29421%3,295--$404$14,078,3251Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$1,088,73923%3,057-370$356$119,518,9104Sony / Columbia
5Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,074,3219%3,015--$356$12,080,4271Lionsgate
630 Minutes or Less$995,94919%2,8880$345$27,700,4782Sony / Columbia
7Fright Night (2011)$949,70616%3,114--$305$9,882,8671Disney / DreamWorks
8Final Destination 5$936,37817%3,1550$297$34,066,2302Warner Bros. / New Line
9One Day$667,06322%1,721--$388$6,292,9331Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$662,12216%1,940-695$341$65,501,5194Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$601,2411%1,738-676$346$367,203,3596Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$486,1167%1,988-847$245$165,686,2915Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$453,4408%2,213-1097$205$90,372,2154Universal
14The Change-Up$391,92023%1,633-1280$240$32,680,7603Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$282,0468%1,982-58$142$10,985,9372Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$162,4713%755-583$215$112,895,5667Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$103,33925%201100$514$3,258,6105Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$85,30720%413-881$207$54,868,7495Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$76,86710%484-402$159$348,687,0508Paramount / DreamWorks
5Zookeeper$48,39315%370-378$131$76,861,6747Sony / Columbia
6Bridesmaids$42,77513%244-41$175$167,741,90515Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$40,97323%274-20$150$66,701,18210Fox
8Green Lantern$40,43315%2420$167$115,676,60110Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$36,43717%237-15$154$164,010,33713Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$19,66911%146-37$135$145,977,17412Fox
11The Hangover Part II$16,2193%193-39$84$254,206,51313Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$8,44019%107-17$79$22,828,9988Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$44,714-12%490$913$11,869,83520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$22,2562%83-6$268$1,044,6724Lionsgate
3The Tree of Life$19,9247%96-22$208$12,732,35913Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$18,74612%875$215$971,9165Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$14,51219%86-22$169$125,718,38711Paramount
6Attack the Block$13,1276%444$298$629,9284Sony / Screen Gems
7Beginners$9,3748%69-34$136$5,658,40612Focus
8The Future$8,624-9%3111$278$352,1034Roadside Attractions
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,4824%37-67$148$1,294,4076Fox Searchlight
10Rio (2011)$4,60419%68-31$68$143,566,66319Fox
11Thor$3,8058%54-27$70$181,022,48416Paramount
12A Better Life$2,98910%6514$46$1,738,0199Summit
13Project Nim$1,26814%12-6$106$336,8297Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$895131%3--$298$239,45049Collective Eye
155 Days of War$650-5%2--$325$7,5901Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$451-17%41$113$2,707,12115Roadside Attractions
17Insidious$238-20%9-4$26$53,984,80521FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$155-19%42$39$11,535,82019Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$7717%1--$77$4,0266Cinema Purgatorio