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 Sun, Dec. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,002,895-43%4,046-20$989$246,926,4093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$3,226,324-37%3,4400$938$56,357,1702Disney
3Arthur Christmas$2,282,788-34%3,3760$676$25,343,4872Sony / Columbia
4Hugo$2,182,413-35%1,840563$1,186$25,121,1852Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$1,749,865-37%3,536-75$495$51,704,5663Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$1,305,046-47%3,04920$428$64,165,4544Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,203,162-36%2,627-50$458$75,659,1744Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$932,878-33%2,750-255$339$139,514,4426Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$865,440-53%2,404-70$360$70,598,7555Universal
10J. Edgar$563,749-45%1,98575$284$32,569,4924Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$126,725-53%1,004817$126$73,787,48511Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$121,627-49%1,016857$120$40,123,5909Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,125,762-49%574141$1,961$17,677,0713Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$324,291-36%2440$1,329$3,860,7512Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$240,655-41%710-165$339$33,085,3455Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$130,781-46%421-36$311$35,850,4956Fox
5Dolphin Tale$93,339-33%410194$228$70,714,87611Warner Bros.
6Courageous$67,742-18%26554$256$33,036,12410Sony / TriStar
7Like Crazy$65,567-39%1522$431$2,874,3736Paramount Vantage
8Margin Call$53,301-49%15011$355$4,684,7557Roadside Attractions
9The Smurfs$37,795-40%32779$116$142,500,16419Sony / Columbia
1050/50$32,951-40%196-14$168$34,760,17110Summit
11Footloose (2011)$29,557-54%309-75$96$51,031,2348Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$29,103-45%208-16$140$20,094,4657Summit
13Paranormal Activity 3$28,839-53%255-100$113$103,442,4447Paramount
14Abduction$24,607-42%151-12$163$27,967,67711Lionsgate
15Anonymous$19,224-33%10533$183$4,395,4566Sony / Columbia
16Contagion$15,736-51%155-63$102$75,566,37913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$99,338-29%10--$9,934$349,5191Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$67,452-24%62$11,242$501,6242Weinstein Company
3Pastorela$33,85638%55--$616$82,1751Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$22,848-45%84-29$272$2,732,0117Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$22,333-40%245$931$159,5312Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,315-21%490$374$14,564,38335Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,014-43%86-7$175$34,598,32212FilmDistrict
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$12,863-33%84-19$153$176,646,39618Fox
9The Rum Diary$11,462-22%639$182$13,018,8996FilmDistrict
10Answers to Nothing$3,231-44%21--$154$14,2621Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,027-29%31-17$98$38,528,66616Weinstein Company
12Circumstance$1,3200%2--$660$445,78915Roadside Attractions
13Sarah's Key$640-52%7-20$91$7,691,70020Weinstein Company
14Inni$427-84%3-2$142$109,4696Cinema Purgatorio
15Laugh at My Pain$249-43%51$50$7,704,48113CodeBlack Entertainment