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). Considering its less stronger Thursday-to-Friday split, 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, Nov. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,630,385-47%4,0665$2,123$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,188,759-43%3,440--$1,799$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,994,290-43%3,6115$829$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,803,717-41%3,376--$830$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$2,460,228-44%1,277--$1,927$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$2,031,388-51%3,029-409$671$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,855,496-47%2,677-443$693$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,622,697-44%3,005-410$540$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,286,495-57%2,474-468$520$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$1,012,304-49%1,910-37$530$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,665,119-44%433404$3,846$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$451,506-34%244--$1,850$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$297,135-56%875-933$340$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$162,452-41%457-910$355$35,050,9345Fox
5Like Crazy$93,063-45%15041$620$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$64,229-48%139-34$462$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs$53,869-46%248-4$217$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
8Footloose (2011)$52,797-56%384-834$137$50,833,8677Paramount
9The Ides of March$47,652-55%159-139$300$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$47,484-49%22454$212$19,908,9286Summit
11Moneyball$47,093-60%187-222$252$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$46,703-42%211-306$221$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
13Paranormal Activity 3$45,804-61%355-1047$129$103,245,7706Paramount
14Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,370-39%113-67$375$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
15Dolphin Tale$42,361-41%216-172$196$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
1650/50$41,692-49%21025$199$34,554,7819Summit
17Contagion$30,378-53%218-83$139$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
18Abduction$28,588-49%163-18$175$27,840,89410Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,053-49%103-28$156$176,585,29717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$52,303-32%4--$13,076$204,8781Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$22,655-39%9347$244$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,074-42%490$430$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$15,895-43%72-107$221$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
5The Rum Diary$13,405-35%54-98$248$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$10,261-56%19--$540$74,4701Warner Bros.
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,979-46%48-22$125$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$5,644-40%53-6$106$7,160,6497Fox
9Sarah's Key$2,463-36%27-25$91$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
10Inni$2,280-9%51$456$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
11The Mighty Macs$2,049-54%11-17$186$1,889,5226Quaker Media
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,397-9%9-10$155$537,58010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$453-55%4-7$113$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$61--1--$61$407,21121Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$22-54%2-6$11$489,95513Indomina Media