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 Sat, Oct. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$7,340,24562%3,4400$2,134$47,298,6792Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$6,381,49417%3,549--$1,798$11,813,5521Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$3,340,5453%2,996--$1,115$6,591,2051Universal
4The Ides of March$3,228,38642%2,1990$1,468$20,150,2362Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$2,827,39568%3,286-192$860$56,837,7854Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$2,535,90348%2,840-178$893$56,466,7244Sony / Columbia
750/50$1,842,13934%2,391-88$770$23,232,2053Summit
8The Big Year$1,364,22619%2,150--$635$2,515,4411Fox
9Courageous$1,326,53130%1,21453$1,093$20,325,8423Sony / TriStar
10The Lion King 3D$1,249,22473%1,970-297$634$89,713,8085Disney
11Dream House$1,162,02055%2,172-492$535$17,830,7303Universal
12Contagion$838,78651%1,684-566$498$71,583,6706Warner Bros.
13Abduction$655,01956%1,707-884$384$25,426,7634Lionsgate
14The Help$518,45945%1,267-797$409$164,593,60910Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$481,33129%1,282-1729$375$12,661,5483Fox
16Killer Elite$451,53949%1,431-980$316$23,487,6564Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$471,07539%703-627$670$31,807,0225FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$194,94866%370-145$527$139,909,95812Sony / Columbia
3Laugh at My Pain$134,47865%188-60$715$7,305,7066CodeBlack Entertainment
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$122,79750%330-77$372$380,155,41014Warner Bros.
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$107,22953%273-109$393$175,245,70111Fox
6Captain America: The First Avenger$103,84248%246-57$422$176,114,74713Paramount
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$91,800101%311-54$295$37,972,4169Weinstein Company
8The Debt$84,81488%200-158$424$30,833,2847Focus
9Cowboys & Aliens$62,38546%2082$300$99,933,47112Universal
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,15030%162-60$353$83,314,46012Warner Bros.
11Zookeeper$49,01156%155-43$316$80,252,25815Sony / Columbia
12Colombiana$48,41272%132-113$367$36,366,3388Sony / TriStar
13Warrior (2011)$30,42256%135-184$225$13,553,9816Lionsgate
14Shark Night 3D$20,526102%115-30$178$18,646,5697Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$14,14932%107-133$132$9,561,1855Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,57621%490$746$13,475,65728Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Munger Road$27,99133%3223$875$161,0613Freestyle Releasing
3Labios Rojos$26,50527%67--$396$47,4571Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$24,09727%85-57$283$117,473,99115Warner Bros. / New Line
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$23,321104%80-34$292$23,878,1358FilmDistrict
6Machine Gun Preacher$22,35030%43-50$520$395,7104Relativity Media
7Sarah's Key$19,81551%86-27$230$6,961,53313Weinstein Company
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$11,29081%22-5$513$442,6597Indomina Media
9Seven Days in Utopia$7,70418%41-36$188$4,327,6707Visio Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$6,92915%41-26$169$24,685,6488Weinstein Company
11Circumstance$6,0849%191$320$395,3168Roadside Attractions
12Apollo 18$5,473-2%18-28$304$17,538,1027Weinstein Company
13Dirty Girl$4,33070%101$433$35,8882Weinstein Company
14Texas Killing Fields$3,38313%3--$1,128$6,3821Anchor Bay Films
15Thunder Soul$3,18258%12-25$265$137,7984Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$1,95492%6-8$326$39,1533Fox Searchlight
17The Future$1,838-1%161$115$550,73912Roadside Attractions
18Project Nim$88214%3-3$29$399,75815Roadside Attractions