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 Thu, Jan. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,321,322-3%3,555100$372$175,246,7894Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,052,195-5%3,603-100$292$161,599,6444Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,002,549-7%2,95036$340$81,180,8493Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$863,014-9%2,285--$378$38,346,8471Paramount
5War Horse$760,594-10%2,783236$273$60,171,9633Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$477,123-6%3,1707$151$58,488,5343Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$368,558-5%3,006-81$123$63,705,2063Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$305,180-2%3,425-299$89$112,981,2884Fox
9New Year's Eve$187,094-2%1,864-361$100$52,654,1275Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$174,157-4%2,163-164$81$19,449,1743Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$107,256-5%1,058-353$101$278,869,6858Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$66,922-2%1,236-305$54$85,835,5287Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$437,424-6%809752$541$11,942,5405Focus
2The Descendants$259,332-11%737-21$352$45,004,1968Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$128,514-4%830-157$155$15,275,8275Paramount
4Hugo$127,5776%843-108$151$53,116,6557Paramount
5The Artist$125,482-8%1725$730$7,596,7797Weinstein Company
6My Week with Marilyn$102,388-8%584-46$175$10,873,7107Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$98,2730%758-590$130$29,137,2335Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$33,6174%351-38$96$146,737,12711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,5950%29542$80$77,297,30510Universal
10J. Edgar$13,800-15%152-303$91$36,919,2669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$12,844-15%285-240$45$61,414,1448Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,9644%1329$91$37,284,64311Fox
13Immortals$10,6794%128-100$83$82,895,2829Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,4004%125-120$51$35,061,03110Warner Bros. / New Line
15Footloose (2011)$5,97416%131-51$46$51,802,74213Paramount
16Dolphin Tale$5,3581%149-39$36$72,188,21616Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$4,512-29%280-1063$16$46,462,4697Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$28,5035%45-10$633$2,482,4236Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$18,0814%51$3,616$587,6212Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,35873%45-4$364$15,377,33340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,1084%60$2,018$544,5163Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$10,043-2%117$913$272,3692Focus
6Drive (2011)$6,9626%305$232$34,937,38917FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,186-20%75$455$105,6433FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,4125%301$80$5,311,28012Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,1521%15-15$143$3,395,39111Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,043167%2--$522$123,74211Cinema Purgatorio