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, Nov. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$15,086,41993%3,96311$3,807$65,371,8132Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$10,489,21530%3,367--$3,115$18,552,1951Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$4,695,133-13%2,875--$1,633$10,088,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$3,724,67527%3,286-43$1,133$93,446,5503Paramount
5In Time$3,250,13231%3,1275$1,039$22,234,3282Fox
6Footloose (2011)$2,051,04939%2,811-413$730$43,775,5144Paramount
7Real Steel$1,591,10771%2,438-476$653$77,863,1585Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$1,201,32622%2,29220$524$9,623,7972FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$907,49451%1,391-181$652$36,308,5015Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$836,45043%1,278-353$654$69,850,4697Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$740,93351%1,863-1154$398$17,581,3943Summit
12Courageous$628,72329%1,1384$552$29,528,8956Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$478,050100%1,105-733$433$68,312,1807Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$536,49145%514249$1,044$2,357,5002Sony / Columbia
250/50$421,27334%747-447$564$32,756,1026Summit
3Margin Call$328,26761%17838$1,844$2,330,9433Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$302,72577%644-910$470$7,522,2953Universal
5The Smurfs$145,089115%278-25$522$141,180,64415Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$124,79559%384-1010$325$16,683,1954Universal
7Sarah's Key$117,95556%318289$371$7,262,93016Weinstein Company
8Dream House$99,02562%330-255$300$21,105,6056Universal
9Contagion$95,01639%260-151$365$74,414,6049Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$83,25234%136-58$612$34,012,3638FilmDistrict
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$79,86859%199-32$401$176,092,55314Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$63,874189%22562$284$380,839,20317Warner Bros.
13Abduction$61,11249%207-144$295$27,337,8477Lionsgate
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,37228%172-78$334$84,081,51015Warner Bros.
15The Big Year$46,05543%213-210$216$6,991,2814Fox
16The Mighty Macs$43,40975%101-288$430$1,711,1233Quaker Media
17Captain America: The First Avenger$25,29243%102-37$248$176,622,97416Paramount
18What's Your Number?$22,83927%10240$224$13,921,9136Fox
19Killer Elite$18,17040%119-138$153$24,995,2087Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$201,65656%9866$2,058$896,0833Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$109,03835%1612$6,815$367,6902Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$40,29065%490$822$13,932,89631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,897149%98-53$274$38,335,13912Weinstein Company
5The Double (2011)$24,03924%4534$534$81,7952Image Entertainment
6Apollo 18$16,04771%93-27$173$17,653,33510Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,69253%52-23$263$24,010,80711FilmDistrict
8Shark Night 3D$12,34599%44-46$281$18,829,91310Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$10,20033%39-12$262$7,668,9609CodeBlack Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$8,17229%35-16$233$24,786,37311Weinstein Company
11The Son of No One$6,9025%10--$690$13,5051Anchor Bay Films
12Munger Road$4,0383%9-1$449$256,8666Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,03742%12-1$253$518,2567Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,85045%103$185$40,8374Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,1197%5-2$224$435,44711Roadside Attractions
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$88546%5-1$177$485,68810Indomina Media
17I Don't Know How She Does It$861-7%8-6$108$9,607,7238Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$7023%65$117$53,0845Weinstein Company
19The Future$25081%50$50$566,89015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$215126%30$72$406,40818Roadside Attractions