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 Sun, Sep. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$6,614,597-28%2,3300$2,839$61,475,4022Disney
2Dolphin Tale$5,419,064-37%3,507--$1,545$19,152,4011Warner Bros.
3Moneyball$4,398,610-47%2,993--$1,470$19,501,3021Sony / Columbia
4Abduction$2,422,487-48%3,118--$777$10,925,2531Lionsgate
5Killer Elite$2,246,695-39%2,986--$752$9,352,0081Open Road
6Contagion$1,974,097-49%3,136-86$629$57,007,8983Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$1,494,627-38%2,90418$515$21,417,3732FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,148,047-40%2,695-319$426$154,414,1537Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$505,902-41%2,4080$210$8,835,1872Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$464,156-46%2,49014$186$7,968,4652Weinstein Company
11The Debt$305,895-49%1,067-764$287$28,967,0744Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$300,353-45%1,178-1162$255$173,600,8118Fox
13Warrior (2011)$299,485-36%1,411-472$212$12,210,1263Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$253,447-27%1,207-443$210$37,026,8806Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$250,983-52%28757$875$5,165,6403CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$231,272-47%847-1086$273$35,120,1715Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$178,866-49%675-470$265$82,068,9269Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$155,572-40%669-750$233$138,353,8929Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$120,944-32%251-55$482$351,902,62513Paramount / DreamWorks
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$115,273-34%320-281$360$378,824,31611Warner Bros.
7Shark Night 3D$107,429-52%637-1445$169$18,223,2384Relativity Media
8Zookeeper$86,022-40%294-54$293$79,630,11212Sony / Columbia
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$80,754-50%424-910$190$23,477,2835FilmDistrict
10Captain America: The First Avenger$77,082-45%334-206$231$174,792,96210Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$72,450-42%345-269$210$99,276,2669Universal
12Seven Days in Utopia$63,155-31%272-165$232$4,019,8194Visio Entertainment
13Horrible Bosses$61,393-47%313-131$196$116,943,65512Warner Bros. / New Line
14Our Idiot Brother$60,334-46%411-1336$147$24,438,3845Weinstein Company
15Final Destination 5$49,625-34%254-48$195$42,380,5577Warner Bros. / New Line
16Apollo 18$44,291-48%339-1456$131$17,384,9064Weinstein Company
17Bad Teacher$43,079-38%232-242$186$99,685,14314Sony / Columbia
18Sarah's Key$36,164-40%151-115$239$6,592,74710Weinstein Company
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$32,719-36%153-60$214$68,038,54015Fox
20The Change-Up$24,505-48%169-138$145$37,035,8458Universal
21Kung Fu Panda 2$21,694-43%113-29$192$165,230,26118Paramount / DreamWorks
22Bridesmaids$17,205-51%111-59$155$169,076,74520Universal
23Super 8$17,172-52%117-42$147$126,975,16916Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$38,616-23%490$788$13,006,06425Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,802-26%4829$538$266,8944Indomina Media
330 Minutes or Less$17,066-48%95-196$180$37,053,9247Sony / Columbia
4Machine Gun Preacher$13,572-36%4--$3,393$45,1301Relativity Media
5Saving Private Perez$12,91012%44-72$293$1,391,7704Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Thunder Soul$11,977-38%35--$342$51,2601Roadside Attractions
7The Tree of Life$10,482-18%39-2$269$13,205,30618Fox Searchlight
8Circumstance$9,363-34%29-2$323$310,2515Roadside Attractions
9Monte Carlo$8,444-43%34-12$248$23,179,30313Fox
10Green Lantern$7,057-37%49-54$144$116,593,19115Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,322-39%56-98$95$21,211,0166Lionsgate
12Attack the Block$2,541-26%17-18$149$1,024,1759Sony / Screen Gems
13The Future$2,496-43%27-2$92$521,0899Roadside Attractions
14The Devil's Double$2,099-35%4823$44$1,357,0429Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,296-7%181$72$391,55512Roadside Attractions