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 Tue, Dec. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$5,162,0675%3,703--$1,394$49,725,2741Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,505,30629%3,723--$942$29,462,7711Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,281,49015%3,5050$366$27,115,9062Warner Bros. / New Line
4Arthur Christmas$801,04825%2,929-343$273$39,944,2474Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$725,81516%2,532-76$287$40,507,9024Paramount
6The Sitter$715,3721%2,7522$260$19,351,5682Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$697,9557%2,958-646$236$267,677,3565Lionsgate / Summit
8The Muppets$678,83415%2,808-520$242$72,261,7454Disney
9Happy Feet Two$253,17523%1,780-1060$142$59,368,3725Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$176,3941%1,910-877$92$70,856,8796Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$123,516-11%1,216-1083$102$82,152,0786Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$105,200-16%1,315-754$80$76,018,8657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,688,105-16%425--$3,972$17,094,3141Paramount
2The Descendants$445,78412%8782$508$29,490,0095Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$421,7221%986978$428$4,682,3112Paramount
4Puss in Boots (2011)$105,07418%757-1086$139$142,969,7408Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$91,7185%2440$376$6,266,0544Weinstein Company
6J. Edgar$58,2842%703-852$83$35,834,5086Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$56,83144%281-61$202$71,427,16813Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$32,9761%202-268$163$34,478,8377Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$27,8500%273-81$102$36,788,2958Fox
10Footloose (2011)$27,40223%25352$108$51,342,50310Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 3$17,60311%206-96$85$103,816,9809Paramount
12Margin Call$15,47319%121-27$128$5,143,1939Roadside Attractions
13Courageous$15,0905%101-90$149$33,543,66412Sony / TriStar
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$12,40742%123-45$101$20,336,4669Summit
15Like Crazy$10,571-15%100-62$106$3,315,9538Paramount Vantage
1650/50$9,317-2%111-35$84$34,982,79712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$56,6901%1612$3,543$992,2732Focus
2Shame$49,1251%5130$963$1,329,1153Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$46,66713%171$2,745$1,415,4844Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$19,893-11%250$796$502,1974Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,12130%490$309$14,813,73237Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$12,61216%93-27$136$4,012,00511Producers Distribution Agency
7Moneyball$12,00912%98-110$123$74,340,10413Sony / Columbia
8The Ides of March$7,7884%72-115$108$40,583,13011Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$7,71716%56-14$138$34,740,74314FilmDistrict
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,149-25%39-33$81$2,877,6219Fox Searchlight
11The Rum Diary$2,588-5%30-33$86$13,105,3658FilmDistrict
12Pastorela$1,273-15%19-25$67$159,5583Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Cook County$538-2%5--$108$8,6681Hanover House