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 Sat, Mar. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,286,31079%3,729--$8,390$48,812,6101Universal
2Project X (2012)$7,627,045-6%3,055--$2,497$15,752,9241Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$6,081,51360%3,05314$1,992$41,429,6012Relativity Media
4Safe House$3,484,84581%2,553-499$1,365$106,376,8504Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,400,70585%2,1320$1,595$23,980,0982Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,240,778137%3,060-290$1,059$83,296,7004Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$2,758,33949%2,826-212$976$110,220,6744Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$2,593,03555%2,342-847$1,107$40,109,8503Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,230,930100%2,487-687$897$43,528,8933Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$1,751,75058%2,0020$875$11,503,6752Universal
11The Artist$1,692,38880%1,756790$964$35,819,60715Weinstein Company
12Gone$1,397,68348%2,1860$639$8,289,4102Summit
13Chronicle$911,98274%1,054-743$865$60,350,8575Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$707,432137%1,431-91$494$16,274,4873Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$646,475101%694-195$932$80,069,47316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$593,273109%406-95$1,461$70,943,67615Paramount
3The Woman in Black$564,56164%812-915$695$51,996,5485CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$535,129144%731-887$732$41,873,0054Fox
5The Iron Lady$399,88095%511-11$783$26,760,94310Weinstein Company
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$171,425138%3143$546$130,702,68112Fox
7Big Miracle$140,01070%359-269$390$19,283,1605Universal
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$134,196114%126-38$1,065$23,599,15613Focus
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$131,56376%256131$514$101,988,96311Sony / Columbia
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$124,32774%266-67$467$186,209,54912Warner Bros.
11The Grey$119,83764%308-609$389$50,669,3996Open Road
12We Bought a Zoo$117,01689%266-14$440$74,341,75511Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$105,18374%30323$347$31,455,94311Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$90,424118%215-57$421$77,112,83811Paramount
15Red Tails$87,07460%249-240$350$48,974,3137Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$76,67674%107-71$717$207,982,19412Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$62,17993%120-282$518$14,304,16815Weinstein Company
18Contraband$56,98075%148-49$385$66,330,9858Universal
19Joyful Noise$53,18470%202-75$263$30,737,8448Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$27,28770%117-112$233$26,044,5336Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$38,02637%400$951$16,762,63748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$37,92674%138$2,917$141,4893Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$33,23475%79-181$421$62,301,0367Sony / Screen Gems
4Albert Nobbs$29,05499%68-32$427$2,702,7996Roadside Attractions
5Being Flynn$19,66155%4--$4,915$32,3381Focus
6Happy Feet Two$19,561145%850$230$63,976,27416Warner Bros.
7W.E.$19,15984%194$1,008$313,4815Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$17,31192%146$1,237$399,4407Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$14,56979%26-22$560$145,5092UTV Communications
10Shame$12,94474%22-3$588$3,847,21414Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$9,604134%10--$960$13,7051UTV Communications
12Pariah (2011)$5,573120%130$429$727,67010Focus
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$5,350157%25-10$214$1,147,1534UTV Communications
14Haywire$5,01075%32-5$157$18,850,9377Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,55344%84$319$299,35611FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$2,21049%17-8$130$53,200,2429Paramount