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 Sun, Apr. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$15,159,630-39%4,1370$3,664$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$8,422,264-34%3,545--$2,376$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$4,731,358-38%3,603--$1,313$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$3,957,521-37%3,14827$1,257$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,170,560-39%3,264-413$665$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$592,843-34%2,397-815$247$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$265,632-40%1,239-980$214$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$233,419-45%1,007-780$232$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$335,645-43%483359$695$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$233,868-35%908-432$258$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$202,817-40%903-1162$225$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$196,830-47%729-601$270$123,881,7808Universal
5Casa de mi Padre$194,864-16%439-36$444$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$176,506-43%513259$344$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Friends With Kids$113,822-47%308-250$370$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
8This Means War$91,686-50%575-613$159$53,076,9347Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$85,947-37%380-131$226$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
10The Vow$76,022-49%514-744$148$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$75,369-43%315-261$239$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$69,641-45%321-300$217$34,401,7376Lionsgate
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$57,532-38%222-26$259$132,349,97716Fox
14The Iron Lady$51,358-34%284-43$181$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
15Chronicle$39,327-30%198-94$199$63,759,1689Fox
16Hugo$38,901-32%174-109$224$73,688,26419Paramount
17Silent House (2012)$37,014-55%325-877$114$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$35,543-51%179-1$199$53,946,9899CBS Films
19We Bought a Zoo$28,392-39%136-19$209$75,279,52215Fox
20Big Miracle$25,485-38%170-54$150$20,113,9659Universal
21Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$25,180-49%150-50$168$209,239,67916Paramount
22The Descendants$21,194-48%118-81$180$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
23The Grey$18,106-31%2040$89$51,475,17210Open Road
24Wanderlust$16,820-52%116-119$145$17,255,6756Universal
25Red Tails$15,221-32%101-30$151$49,703,34211Fox
26One For the Money$9,300-42%102-49$91$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$40,303-12%5--$8,061$116,4721Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$31,015-23%400$775$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$11,597-42%40-33$290$480,0255Focus
4Undefeated$9,138-29%16-1$571$424,2827Weinstein Company
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,417-50%55-31$153$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
6Albert Nobbs$7,580-20%29-15$261$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,234-38%30-44$241$43,271,5878Fox
8W.E.$5,788-30%213$276$490,7919Weinstein Company
9Coriolanus$5,395-33%16-3$337$599,64511Weinstein Company
10Gone$4,620-73%61-122$76$11,586,8166Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$1,687-54%12-32$141$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$1,187-36%8-66$148$410,8193Anchor Bay Films