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. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$2,175,880-48%2,863--$760$30,691,3601Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,017,038-77%2,625--$387$23,230,9601Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$892,445-65%3,346-209$267$190,341,0575Paramount
4Joyful Noise$793,451-69%2,735--$290$14,595,7591Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$666,026-51%2,674-276$249$89,879,6384Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$651,148-65%3,155-448$206$172,694,8635Warner Bros.
7War Horse$600,112-58%2,85673$210$68,122,6124Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$480,205-52%2,551266$188$47,861,9132Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$359,763-80%2,909-261$124$66,217,5284Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$310,251-80%2,073-933$150$69,640,2374Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$255,520-88%2,849-576$90$121,239,3815Fox
12The Darkest Hour$62,900-66%1,182-981$53$20,776,9234Summit
13New Year's Eve$62,462-65%1,092-772$57$53,933,0506Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$627,353-48%802797$782$7,843,4223Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$350,466-57%660-77$531$48,278,6489Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$272,361-59%88677$307$16,078,9546Focus
4The Artist$184,251-55%21644$853$9,385,4468Weinstein Company
5Hugo$100,773-80%545-298$185$54,764,0078Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$82,885-47%400-184$207$11,584,0408Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$51,589-67%708-350$73$279,846,7529Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$48,581-49%387-443$126$15,850,2916Paramount
9The Sitter$46,880-52%449-309$104$29,795,5616Fox
10Happy Feet Two$30,896-84%36580$85$62,122,3369Warner Bros.
11The Muppets$29,041-90%547-689$53$86,723,4728Disney
12Puss in Boots (2011)$26,083-83%316-35$83$147,325,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$20,785-58%260-35$80$77,609,29011Universal
14Immortals$20,018-42%18759$107$83,114,48010Relativity Media
15In Time$6,643-59%106-26$63$37,382,75112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,155-47%41-4$565$2,693,2727Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,816-70%450$285$15,538,09741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,513-64%60$1,586$671,5014Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$9,333-66%2413$389$410,6383Focus
5Vettai$7,672-37%34--$226$107,7451UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$6,893-43%82-70$84$36,993,50710Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,995-54%1811$278$165,4924FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,205-51%322$100$34,975,92218FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$2,504-87%91-58$28$72,250,27817Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$2,021-46%20-10$101$5,332,24113Roadside Attractions