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 Mon, Jan. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$2,110,492-63%3,078--$686$27,417,2171Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$1,345,587-68%2,512--$536$20,127,7411Fox
3Contraband$1,018,850-60%2,8707$355$46,956,3752Universal
4Haywire$728,968-58%2,439--$299$9,154,3381Relativity Media
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$694,213-67%2,6302624$264$11,431,4525Warner Bros.
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$595,377-77%2,6250$227$34,183,4332Disney
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$436,690-62%2,519-827$173$197,800,1316Paramount
8Joyful Noise$408,418-71%2,7350$149$22,153,8372Warner Bros.
9The Iron Lady$367,581-60%1,076274$342$12,953,5394Weinstein Company
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$346,085-63%2,485-670$139$178,667,8116Warner Bros.
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$330,701-57%1,907-767$173$94,884,2835Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$281,333-61%2,525-331$111$72,566,5135Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$195,101-65%2,207-344$88$51,485,0733Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,834-80%2,070-779$94$124,876,0396Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$188,465-73%2,065-844$91$69,753,4905Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$170,510-75%1,340-733$127$72,491,5165Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$246,040-59%662446$372$12,365,7589Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$193,349-63%560-100$345$51,453,00710Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$154,598-59%731-155$211$18,483,5757Focus
4Hugo$78,551-72%650105$121$55,965,9539Paramount
5My Week with Marilyn$32,865-62%225-175$146$12,099,3269Weinstein Company
6Happy Feet Two$26,840-79%331-34$81$62,624,20210Warner Bros.
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$25,981-66%370-338$70$280,288,43810Lionsgate / Summit
8Puss in Boots (2011)$22,702-77%292-24$78$147,744,77713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Immortals$14,502-54%169-18$86$83,285,09711Relativity Media
10The Sitter$14,076-59%191-258$74$30,035,3877Fox
11The Darkest Hour$13,405-68%301-881$45$21,088,0325Summit
12Young Adult$13,246-59%150-237$88$16,088,6947Paramount
13Tower Heist$13,195-65%220-40$60$77,834,49012Universal
14New Year's Eve$9,486-67%265-827$36$54,194,9597Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$30,708-54%9554$323$3,013,9068Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,528-53%450$345$15,678,10242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,525-54%9--$836$68,6611Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$6,737-64%21-3$321$504,3164Focus
5In Time$4,887-62%97-9$50$37,459,73113Fox
6Margin Call$3,70717%14-6$265$5,347,81114Roadside Attractions
7J. Edgar$3,606-52%46-36$78$37,040,52111Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$3,076-49%331$93$35,013,54019FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,937-62%14-4$210$204,1625FilmDistrict
10Dolphin Tale$2,202-68%63-28$35$72,281,89218Warner Bros.
11Vettai$1,667-83%21-13$79$150,6052UTV Communications