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 Thu, Mar. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$2,794,256-7%3,121--$895$49,751,3281Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,413,3754%3,76923$375$164,230,0103Universal
3John Carter$861,987-8%3,7490$230$57,333,3802Disney
4Project X (2012)$338,101-9%2,922-133$116$49,802,1483Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$332,012-3%2,765-186$120$63,879,7244Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$230,321-3%1,8955$122$13,000,1682Paramount
7Safe House$220,825-4%1,920-224$115$121,179,3156Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$193,5935%1,935-590$100$95,782,0896Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$186,0732%2,175-303$86$121,934,7746Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$177,596-1%1,660-289$107$51,284,7375Fox
11Silent House (2012)$155,785-8%2,1240$73$11,322,7732Open Road
12The Artist$110,1093%1,155-350$95$42,563,33817Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$85,9503%1,016-500$85$33,099,5434Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$70,1872%1,024-780$69$50,031,2795Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$119,822-6%382--$314$2,848,2521Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$116,949-8%640271$183$4,696,6812Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$69,528-14%254--$274$1,187,3581Paramount Vantage
4The Iron Lady$55,8620%4569$123$28,845,71112Weinstein Company
5Wanderlust$52,3500%698-522$75$16,974,6204Universal
6Hugo$44,288-1%38370$116$73,187,40217Paramount
7Chronicle$38,985-7%432-163$90$63,327,0357Fox
8The Descendants$33,1612%347-170$96$82,132,86818Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,4677%286-1$114$131,773,98814Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$24,5456%2290$107$208,881,63714Paramount
11Seeking Justice$23,219-16%231--$101$358,5071Anchor Bay Films
12Gone$20,2370%476-668$43$11,450,2994Summit
13We Bought a Zoo$18,8797%188-40$100$74,980,95413Fox
14The Woman in Black$17,443-6%305-128$57$53,550,9597CBS Films
15The Grey$17,0991%21968$78$51,240,1258Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15,44611%156-102$99$43,171,4636Fox
17Red Tails$12,98819%152-26$85$49,526,4509Fox
18Big Miracle$12,92510%236-2$55$19,841,9157Universal
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,5457%125-83$68$186,711,43414Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$8,0968%11248$72$26,226,9928Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$6,831-17%123-30$56$77,591,83113Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,9196%105-97$47$31,816,66613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$37,1524%6244$599$926,2002CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$28,53037%400$713$17,354,01450Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$12,990-15%8876$148$327,2583Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$12,03510%86-23$140$24,149,39315Focus
5Albert Nobbs$5,19913%481$108$2,864,7618Roadside Attractions
6Undefeated$4,817-7%218$229$351,5605Weinstein Company
7The Devil Inside$4,47914%7767$58$53,261,94411Paramount
8My Week with Marilyn$3,77241%50-70$75$14,568,40817Weinstein Company
9Coriolanus$3,628-5%212$173$547,0119Weinstein Company
10W.E.$3,418-14%20-4$171$443,3457Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$3,30617%65-38$51$30,932,11310Warner Bros.
12Haywire$2,22625%69-13$32$18,942,3969Relativity Media