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, Jan. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,701,31632%3,555100$479$172,558,9984Paramount
2The Devil Inside$1,403,6071%2,285--$614$36,532,4651Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,343,45828%3,603-100$373$159,445,1814Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,254,97533%2,95036$425$79,097,7713Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$983,96846%2,783236$354$58,562,0113Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$640,93138%3,1707$202$57,504,0773Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$538,59435%3,006-81$179$62,946,9763Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$403,2968%3,425-299$118$112,363,5794Fox
9New Year's Eve$233,22334%1,864-361$125$52,275,5455Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$216,58216%2,163-164$100$19,093,5473Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$125,92316%1,058-353$119$278,649,7778Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$70,7373%1,236-305$57$85,700,4437Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$507,37926%809752$627$11,038,8035Focus
2The Descendants$299,63556%737-21$407$44,452,1008Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$151,36733%830-157$182$15,013,4265Paramount
4The Artist$135,41032%1725$787$7,335,6327Weinstein Company
5Hugo$130,92223%843-108$155$52,868,6527Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$118,46043%584-46$203$10,659,7597Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$118,38319%758-590$156$28,941,0175Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$38,69210%351-38$110$146,671,22711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$28,02519%29542$95$77,250,04510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$16,23422%285-240$57$61,386,1908Warner Bros.
11J. Edgar$15,55735%152-303$102$36,889,2879Warner Bros.
12Immortals$12,31822%128-100$96$82,874,3019Relativity Media
13In Time$12,28216%1329$93$37,261,17811Fox
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$7,81514%125-120$63$35,048,45710Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dolphin Tale$6,54426%149-39$44$72,177,55716Warner Bros.
16Footloose (2011)$6,48040%131-51$49$51,791,63413Paramount
17Arthur Christmas$4,625-29%280-1063$17$46,451,6207Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$35,44343%45-10$788$2,426,8666Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$16,2487%51$3,250$552,1172Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,08020%60$2,013$520,8183Warner Bros.
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,919-2%45-4$265$15,351,50340Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pariah (2011)$10,97142%117$997$252,1062Focus
6Drive (2011)$7,13839%305$238$34,923,85417FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,11411%75$588$98,4893FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$3,31131%301$110$5,306,56112Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$1,92696%15-15$128$3,391,11811Paramount Vantage
10Inni$16218%10$162$122,30911Cinema Purgatorio