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). Considering its less stronger Thursday-to-Friday split, 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 Tue, Apr. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,565,93512%3,916-221$400$339,629,2534Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,306,94710%2,811--$465$17,243,5291Lionsgate
3American Reunion$1,008,94521%3,20311$315$41,554,3652Universal
4The Three Stooges$942,86717%3,477--$271$18,755,6851Fox
5Titanic 3D$893,18712%2,69723$331$46,417,9402Paramount
621 Jump Street$612,50218%2,735-274$224$121,453,2715Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$581,26712%3,102-443$187$72,352,3593Warner Bros.
8Lockout$512,31412%2,308--$222$7,202,6081Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$502,71325%3,206-412$157$50,221,0713Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$190,0806%2,112-891$90$204,883,5157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$82,87322%435-89$191$6,215,5296CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$55,75024%158152$353$915,2943Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$49,43514%502-149$98$100,556,21810Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,689-17%102--$340$718,1971Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$33,06823%446-569$74$68,807,7556Disney
6Safe House$29,68033%371-111$80$125,328,69510Universal
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$21,63017%183-264$118$3,863,0475Paramount Vantage
8Act of Valor$20,5515%352-356$58$69,297,5768Relativity Media
9This Means War$19,89735%283-38$70$53,865,4709Fox
10Blue Like Jazz$16,719-9%136--$123$296,3111Roadside Attractions
11Friends With Kids$15,25967%113-94$135$6,994,5816Roadside Attractions
12The Iron Lady$14,21347%146-90$97$29,861,20116Weinstein Company
13The Artist$13,88237%121-101$115$44,072,62121Weinstein Company
14A Thousand Words$12,70113%277-230$46$17,851,5936Paramount
15Project X (2012)$11,53837%145-299$80$54,351,2077Warner Bros.
16Chronicle$9,9885%1653$61$64,185,47811Fox
17Casa de mi Padre$7,729-7%121-162$64$5,719,1805Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,39324%153-42$42$132,840,93418Fox
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,4936%125-79$44$34,808,7348Lionsgate
20The Woman in Black$5,1142%122-37$42$54,222,76311CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,01493%400$650$18,188,40254Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$4,90711%59-155$83$12,675,8066Open Road
3Touchback$4,3870%50--$88$75,7831Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$4,14844%83-16$50$75,505,13317Fox
5The Descendants$3,304-11%41-37$81$82,577,67622Fox Searchlight
6The Grey$2,58458%13-54$199$51,576,06712Open Road
7Coriolanus$2,327-5%181$129$670,44313Weinstein Company
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2998%33-12$70$43,373,90910Fox
9W.E.$2,15113%17-4$127$550,27511Weinstein Company
10Red Tails$2,096-6%43-12$49$49,802,52513Fox
11Albert Nobbs$1,752-79%12-18$146$2,990,13612Roadside Attractions
12Undefeated$1,324-11%172$78$490,5689Weinstein Company