'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. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,905,88087%3,74617$4,780$110,355,7402Universal
2John Carter$12,327,41726%3,749--$3,288$22,139,3521Disney
3Project X (2012)$4,429,26411%3,0550$1,450$36,992,6012Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$3,104,63755%2,951-102$1,052$54,213,7673Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$2,722,35642%1,890--$1,440$4,635,7531Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$2,665,1010%2,124--$1,255$5,329,1951Open Road
7Safe House$2,239,79567%2,144-409$1,045$114,383,4455Universal
8The Vow$1,709,58835%2,478-348$690$116,589,7195Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,689,50638%1,949-393$867$46,049,6474Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,689,23393%2,525-535$669$89,594,0505Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,381,40469%1,516-616$911$29,739,7893Lionsgate
12The Artist$979,75571%1,505-251$651$39,708,18316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$907,89373%1,804-683$503$47,532,1674Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$912,26053%369--$2,472$1,507,6091Roadside Attractions
3The Descendants$331,32683%517-177$641$81,290,52017Fox Searchlight
5The Iron Lady$269,41477%447-64$603$27,785,79311Weinstein Company
6The Woman in Black$224,86444%433-379$519$52,921,5586CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$194,504136%501-930$388$17,432,1804Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$159,746116%258-473$619$42,737,7825Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,34063%229122$622$208,313,54613Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$134,76492%287-27$470$131,105,33813Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$88,477107%109-17$812$23,880,94714Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$87,35372%228-38$383$74,619,80512Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$82,16771%211-45$389$102,320,91012Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$72,70565%238-121$305$19,557,8606Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$72,36746%208-58$348$186,487,26813Warner Bros.
16The Adventures of Tintin$63,29791%153-62$414$77,340,25412Paramount
17The Grey$54,51764%151-157$361$50,924,0607Open Road
18Red Tails$51,79956%178-71$291$49,313,0178Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$51,18447%202-101$253$31,682,08712Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$38,701114%1200$323$14,462,45016Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$25,62553%103-99$249$30,851,4929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$107,29785%18--$5,961$165,1871CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$48,38819%400$1,210$16,974,99049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$26,97295%130$2,075$237,5944Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$22,01358%195$1,159$460,8818Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$20,42870%128$1,702$90,8382Focus
6Haywire$17,67446%8250$216$18,886,5518Relativity Media
7Albert Nobbs$17,43574%45-23$387$2,780,4827Roadside Attractions
8W.E.$15,59478%245$650$373,7446Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$15,16635%64-53$237$26,110,9127Lionsgate
10Shame$10,22559%20-2$511$3,890,49215Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$8,93533%196$470$751,75111Focus
12Paan Singh Tomar$3,35165%5-5$670$31,7082UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,336124%10-16$234$168,9783UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$938299%4-21$235$1,152,9895UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$9262%10-7$93$53,205,35510Paramount