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 Fri, Nov. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$71,642,526--4,061--$17,642$71,642,5261Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$5,850,626--3,606--$1,622$5,850,6261Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,814,582141%3,1208$1,223$44,542,5122Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$3,470,157314%3,4380$1,009$32,498,0632Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$2,550,665218%3,415-488$747$114,138,2274Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$2,147,775228%2,942-428$730$48,581,5503Universal
7J. Edgar$1,795,284143%1,94737$922$16,589,9782Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$912,742101%1,808-1067$505$26,345,5883Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$516,803109%1,367-1224$378$32,260,6444Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$333,28591%1,402-1374$238$101,951,9625Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$269,529113%1,218-997$221$49,575,2096Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$153,249225%10939$1,406$1,398,2554Paramount Vantage
2Moneyball$145,690120%409-404$356$72,274,5949Sony / Columbia
3Real Steel$133,91344%702-1056$191$82,137,9597Disney / DreamWorks
4The Ides of March$125,34685%298-398$421$38,765,2177Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$117,83823%517-388$228$32,025,8168Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$108,094147%173-26$625$3,600,3315Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,535127%180-3$586$1,979,3225Fox Searchlight
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,958116%170-499$529$19,422,6895Summit
950/50$74,84674%185-239$405$34,087,2188Summit
10Contagion$61,139127%301-54$203$75,040,01011Warner Bros.
11Dolphin Tale$59,54079%388-317$153$69,815,6779Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$49,354-12%179-303$276$4,025,6964Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$46,236--252-17$183$141,774,89017Sony / Columbia
14The Rum Diary$42,307-34%152-795$278$12,733,5044FilmDistrict
15Abduction$35,305716%18154$195$27,537,8399Lionsgate
16Johnny English Reborn$23,760127%108-102$220$8,205,9205Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,283156%131-33$170$176,390,87716Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$318,639708%29--$10,988$397,8391Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,05022%490$491$14,223,93833Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,755123%46-29$386$34,319,10210FilmDistrict
4Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,58686%91-39$171$84,292,06217Warner Bros.
5Sarah's Key$9,234-31%52-110$178$7,639,15018Weinstein Company
6The Big Year$7,953168%59-24$135$7,101,2366Fox
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,653163%78-7$98$380,982,41519Warner Bros.
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,020232%70-2$86$38,434,89614Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,352-10%28-33$191$1,850,7405Quaker Media
10Inni$3,808211%6--$635$86,1514Cinema Purgatorio
11What's Your Number?$3,42147%25-38$137$14,000,4068Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,211-23%38-45$58$9,653,25710Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$2,141179%27-2$79$18,866,10512Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$1,705626%11-2$155$7,691,90211CodeBlack Entertainment
15Machine Gun Preacher$855144%197$45$528,9369Relativity Media
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$558598%87$70$488,25812Indomina Media
17Our Idiot Brother$518-35%6-6$86$24,813,13713Weinstein Company
18Apollo 18$356-30%5-13$71$17,686,26912Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$55-84%2-3$28$441,02713Roadside Attractions
20The Future$25-4%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions