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 Mon, Nov. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$9,853,481-63%4,061--$2,426$147,975,7421Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$1,758,247-71%3,606--$488$22,995,3151Warner Bros.
3Immortals$1,325,195-62%3,1208$425$54,405,0842Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,100,276-67%3,415-488$322$123,492,1494Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$1,027,227-66%3,4380$299$41,793,7062Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$676,880-60%2,942-428$230$54,215,7003Universal
7J. Edgar$577,282-62%1,94737$296$21,300,0962Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$361,256-53%1,808-1067$200$28,696,5363Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$200,971-55%1,367-1224$147$33,655,5044Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$106,055-52%1,402-1374$76$102,725,2505Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$103,492-50%1,218-997$85$50,270,3616Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$67,526-58%702-1056$96$82,625,4437Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$56,926-61%10939$522$1,824,2844Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$54,077-60%517-388$105$32,392,5488Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$51,470-57%409-404$126$72,692,7619Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$42,484-62%298-398$143$39,142,6277Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$41,646-50%388-317$107$70,058,7749Warner Bros.
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$37,004-65%180-3$206$2,295,4335Fox Searchlight
8Margin Call$33,540-69%170--$197$3,949,3245Roadside Attractions
9The Way$30,550--137-34$223$3,069,4367Producers Distribution Agency
1050/50$26,191-53%185-239$142$34,270,4548Summit
11Contagion$24,372-54%301-54$81$75,203,27811Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$24,092-55%179-303$135$4,177,0464Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$20,001-56%152-795$132$12,859,2684FilmDistrict
14Abduction$16,126-55%18154$89$27,642,8459Lionsgate
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,650-58%170-499$92$19,564,2005Summit
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,006-56%131-33$84$176,465,89116Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$8,645-64%108-102$80$8,277,7505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$113,525-70%29--$3,915$1,382,8211Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,0552%490$532$14,305,65633Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$6,858-60%46-29$149$34,369,98010FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,098-54%70-2$87$38,472,37314Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,576-48%91-39$61$84,329,54617Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$4,589-49%52-110$88$7,666,41818Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,293-56%78-7$42$381,003,47819Warner Bros.
8The Big Year$2,859-64%59-24$48$7,124,1046Fox
9The Mighty Macs$2,116-64%28-33$76$1,867,0685Quaker Media
10Shark Night 3D$1,297-52%27-2$48$18,873,81912Relativity Media
11What's Your Number?$1,218-60%25-38$49$14,009,4118Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$1,213-44%38-45$32$9,660,28710Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$562-70%11-2$51$7,697,19411CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$32723%5-13$65$17,687,25612Weinstein Company
15Our Idiot Brother$312-53%6-6$52$24,815,14213Weinstein Company
16Machine Gun Preacher$278-79%197$15$531,8739Relativity Media
17Inni$167-69%3-1$56$88,6934Cinema Purgatorio
18Circumstance$90-68%2-3$45$441,49413Roadside Attractions
19The Future$11--1-2$11$568,22217Roadside Attractions