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 Wed, Nov. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,151,124-19%4,0660$529$228,151,8262Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$809,272-22%3,4400$235$44,440,7161Disney
3Immortals$563,259-21%2,6770$210$70,606,5063Relativity Media
4Hugo$473,811-23%1,2770$371$17,043,0191Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$447,117-24%3,6115$124$45,315,8072Warner Bros.
6Arthur Christmas$371,043-15%3,3760$110$17,551,0851Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$369,278-26%3,0290$122$58,417,0063Sony / Columbia
8J. Edgar$345,218-17%1,910-37$181$29,932,5993Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$333,985-18%2,474-15$135$66,287,3354Universal
10Puss in Boots (2011)$229,277-20%3,0050$76$136,233,7995Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$476,808-18%43343$1,101$12,434,0182Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$150,263-13%244121$616$2,535,5061Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$127,197-17%875-85$145$31,964,4714Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$56,350-19%457-13$123$35,236,1765Fox
5Like Crazy$33,344-9%1500$222$2,579,6395Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$24,436-29%140-30$175$4,447,2036Roadside Attractions
7The Way$18,205-3%101-36$180$3,428,3878Producers Distribution Agency
850/50$17,806-12%2100$85$34,609,4659Summit
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$17,0889%113-14$151$2,622,6006Fox Searchlight
10Paranormal Activity 3$15,255-13%3550$43$103,295,1406Paramount
11The Ides of March$14,967-20%1590$94$39,591,7198Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,428-28%2240$64$19,959,8136Summit
13Moneyball$14,341-15%1870$77$73,200,76610Sony / Columbia
14Footloose (2011)$12,725-8%3840$33$50,873,9767Paramount
15Courageous$12,319-14%2110$58$32,797,8959Sony / TriStar
16Contagion$10,853-7%218-83$50$75,483,85712Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$8,139-8%216-172$38$70,389,52710Warner Bros.
18Abduction$7,594-13%1630$47$27,864,95710Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,980-15%103-17$39$176,598,17117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$21,88413%4--$5,471$265,6251Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,30897%490$312$14,480,32834Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$9,410-7%930$101$34,528,30211FilmDistrict
4The Rum Diary$5,448-19%540$101$12,975,4985FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$4,859-18%720$67$4,316,4665Sony / Columbia
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$4,33495%19--$228$82,2531Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,8422%531$35$7,166,3997Fox
8Inni$1,726303%50$345$102,6795Cinema Purgatorio
9Sarah's Key$712-24%270$26$7,687,80919Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$596-14%480$12$38,518,99615Weinstein Company
11Machine Gun Preacher$38013%90$42$538,47610Relativity Media
12Project Nim$9633%1--$96$407,38421Roadside Attractions
13Laugh at My Pain$86-22%4-7$22$7,702,31112CodeBlack Entertainment