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 Mon, Apr. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,522,495-70%4,1370$1,093$253,006,3962Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,573,324-69%3,545--$726$36,030,5121Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,530,131-68%3,603--$425$19,662,2161Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,341,547-66%3,14827$426$94,224,2373Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$800,565-63%3,264-413$245$190,133,0105Universal
6John Carter$205,261-65%2,397-815$86$66,439,1004Disney
7Act of Valor$101,073-62%1,239-980$82$67,846,4736Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$89,772-62%1,007-780$89$16,597,8404Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$100,704-70%483359$208$3,270,3264CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$88,472-56%903-1162$98$53,442,4845Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$79,099-66%908-432$87$98,534,6948Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,900-64%513259$123$2,754,9303Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$61,965-69%729-601$85$123,943,7458Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$55,795-71%439-36$127$5,066,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$36,444-60%575-613$63$53,113,3787Fox
8Friends With Kids$34,410-70%306-252$112$6,360,3114Roadside Attractions
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,662-41%222-26$152$132,383,63916Fox
10The Vow$29,697-61%514-744$58$123,503,1538Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$25,264-66%315-261$80$43,571,63619Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$24,416-65%321-300$76$34,426,1536Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$20,455-60%284-43$72$29,435,18214Weinstein Company
14Chronicle$15,443-61%198-94$78$63,774,6119Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$14,987-47%136-19$110$75,294,50915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$14,387-61%325-877$44$12,386,4364Open Road
17Hugo$12,873-67%174-109$74$73,701,13719Paramount
18The Woman in Black$12,510-65%179-1$70$53,959,4999CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,036-56%150-50$74$209,250,71516Paramount
20Big Miracle$8,495-67%170-54$50$20,122,4609Universal
21The Descendants$7,819-63%118-81$66$82,444,39720Fox Searchlight
22The Grey$6,587-64%2040$32$51,481,75910Open Road
23Red Tails$6,522-57%101-30$65$49,709,86411Fox
24Wanderlust$6,380-62%116-119$55$17,262,0556Universal
25One For the Money$3,657-61%102-49$36$26,374,10510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,457-34%400$511$17,684,62052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,340-77%5--$1,868$125,8121Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$4,760-37%29-15$164$2,941,24210Roadside Attractions
4Being Flynn$3,779-67%40-33$94$483,8045Focus
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,428-53%30-44$114$43,275,0158Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,228-62%55-31$59$186,833,89716Warner Bros.
7W.E.$2,278-61%213$108$493,0699Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,222-59%16-3$139$601,86711Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$2,014-78%16-1$126$426,2967Weinstein Company
10Gone$1,965-57%61-122$32$11,588,7816Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$577-66%12-32$48$14,597,98219Weinstein Company