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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$24,738,87333%4,1370$5,980$233,324,2712Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,718,6603%3,545--$3,588$25,034,9241Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$7,592,30131%3,603--$2,107$13,400,7271Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$6,272,86936%3,14827$1,993$88,925,1693Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,541,44571%3,264-413$1,085$187,161,8855Universal
6John Carter$891,82364%2,397-815$372$65,640,9964Disney
7Act of Valor$444,99153%1,239-980$359$67,479,7686Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$428,24978%1,007-780$425$16,274,6494Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$592,30772%483359$1,226$2,833,9774CBS Films
2Safe House$368,16571%729-601$505$123,684,9508Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$361,03868%908-432$398$98,221,7278Warner Bros. / New Line
4Project X (2012)$336,40626%903-1162$373$53,151,1955Warner Bros.
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$309,78262%513259$604$2,515,5243Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$231,45842%439-36$527$4,816,1913Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$213,72261%308-250$694$6,212,0794Roadside Attractions
8This Means War$183,73629%575-613$320$52,985,2487Fox
9The Vow$149,43043%514-744$291$123,397,4348Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$137,43767%380-131$362$50,667,7177Sony / Columbia
11The Artist$131,44081%315-261$417$43,471,00319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$126,82573%321-300$395$34,332,0966Lionsgate
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$92,22463%222-26$415$132,292,44516Fox
14Silent House (2012)$82,19744%325-877$253$12,335,0354Open Road
15The Iron Lady$78,39950%284-43$276$29,363,36914Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$72,02055%179-1$402$53,911,4469CBS Films
17Hugo$57,23971%174-109$329$73,649,36319Paramount
18Chronicle$56,37447%198-94$285$63,719,8419Fox
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$49,21950%150-50$328$209,214,49916Paramount
20We Bought a Zoo$46,70741%136-19$343$75,251,13015Fox
21Big Miracle$40,82537%170-54$240$20,088,4809Universal
22The Descendants$40,81058%118-81$346$82,415,38420Fox Searchlight
23Wanderlust$34,78554%116-119$300$17,238,8556Universal
24The Grey$26,36456%2040$129$51,457,06610Open Road
25Red Tails$22,4101%101-30$222$49,688,12111Fox
26One For the Money$15,91932%102-49$156$26,361,14810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$45,68450%5--$9,137$76,1691Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,11523%400$1,003$17,633,14852Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$20,12891%40-33$503$468,4285Focus
4Gone$16,97435%61-122$278$11,582,1966Summit
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,77233%55-31$305$186,822,25216Warner Bros.
6Undefeated$12,81031%16-1$801$415,1447Weinstein Company
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$11,676122%30-44$389$43,264,3538Fox
8Albert Nobbs$9,41972%29-15$325$2,926,99310Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,23961%213$392$485,0039Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$8,04067%16-3$503$594,25011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$3,67394%12-32$306$14,595,71819Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$1,852123%8-66$232$409,6323Anchor Bay Films