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 Wed, Jan. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,631,910-25%2,863--$570$32,323,2701Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$775,822-24%2,625--$296$24,006,7821Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$724,545-19%3,346-209$217$191,065,6025Paramount
4Joyful Noise$601,005-24%2,735--$220$15,196,7641Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$574,531-14%2,674-276$215$90,454,1694Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$543,359-17%3,155-448$172$173,238,2225Warner Bros.
7War Horse$512,296-15%2,85673$179$68,634,9084Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$378,068-21%2,551266$148$48,239,9812Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$275,621-23%2,909-261$95$66,493,1494Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$217,365-30%2,073-933$105$69,857,6024Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$175,162-31%2,849-576$61$121,414,5435Fox
12The Darkest Hour$58,239-7%1,182-981$49$20,835,1624Summit
13New Year's Eve$54,476-13%1,092-772$50$53,987,5266Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$560,637-11%802797$699$8,404,0593Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$303,051-14%660-77$459$48,581,6999Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$248,910-9%88677$281$16,327,8646Focus
4The Artist$184,6050%21644$855$9,570,0518Weinstein Company
5Hugo$91,708-9%545-298$168$54,855,7158Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$78,697-5%400-184$197$11,662,7378Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$50,512-2%708-350$71$279,897,2649Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,007-11%387-443$111$15,893,2986Paramount
9The Sitter$42,013-10%449-309$94$29,837,5746Fox
10The Muppets$24,784-15%547-689$45$86,748,2568Disney
11Happy Feet Two$24,099-22%36580$66$62,146,4359Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$19,729-24%316-35$62$147,345,52012Paramount / DreamWorks
13Immortals$17,103-15%18759$91$83,131,58310Relativity Media
14Tower Heist$16,885-19%260-35$65$77,626,17511Universal
15In Time$6,435-3%106-26$61$37,389,18612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,933-1%41-4$559$2,716,2057Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,240-4%450$272$15,550,33741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$11,29221%2413$471$421,9303Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,457-1%60$1,576$680,9584Warner Bros.
5J. Edgar$6,086-12%82-70$74$36,999,59310Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,473-10%1811$249$169,9654FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$4,02125%322$126$34,979,94318FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,035-60%34--$89$110,7801UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,194-12%91-58$24$72,252,47217Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,797-11%20-10$90$5,334,03813Roadside Attractions