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 Tue, Apr. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,623,742-5%2,015--$1,302$39,022,6721Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,868,35529%3,155--$592$25,835,1661Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,143,34913%3,752-164$305$359,219,0195Lionsgate
4The Cabin in the Woods$870,70120%2,8110$310$28,839,9772Lionsgate
5Chimpanzee$821,5029%1,563--$526$12,247,4031Disneynature
6American Reunion$636,93031%3,033-170$210$49,640,2803Universal
7The Three Stooges$549,34320%3,4825$158$30,926,1612Fox
821 Jump Street$492,04621%2,427-308$203$128,114,4346Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$431,61818%2,515-182$172$53,658,9503Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$372,23917%2,502-600$149$77,924,3864Warner Bros.
11Lockout$350,74523%2,33527$150$11,854,5662Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$326,70128%2,938-268$111$56,082,2294Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$118,7257%1,583-529$75$207,382,5758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$71,66826%44611$161$7,205,9347CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$69,32035%263105$264$1,658,2134Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,94031%444-58$88$101,307,65311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$22,57515%301-70$75$125,649,42011Universal
5Project X (2012)$17,91115%258113$69$54,527,4158Warner Bros.
6This Means War$17,50224%29310$60$54,142,61710Fox
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$16,2565%1064$153$968,3152Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$14,64530%122-61$120$4,055,5816Paramount Vantage
9Act of Valor$13,36316%229-123$58$69,497,3949Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$12,11942%102-44$119$29,980,10117Weinstein Company
11Blue Like Jazz$11,3728%126-10$90$489,9772Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,5735%137-28$63$64,323,54312Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,01519%168-109$30$17,946,1257Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,492-1%135-18$33$132,932,54919Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,28619%50--$806$344,2471Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,95860%32-8$686$18,366,45655Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$10,34053%83-30$125$7,107,0757Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,69333%86-35$89$44,167,98722Weinstein Company
5Silent House (2012)$4,20134%590$71$12,733,8997Open Road
6Casa de mi Padre$4,014-2%58-63$69$5,783,0526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Woman in Black$3,71411%90-32$41$54,286,75612CBS Films
8Touchback$3,541-13%6919$51$149,0892Anchor Bay Films
9We Bought a Zoo$3,015-1%66-17$46$75,554,29218Fox
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,72947%32-1$85$43,406,68311Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,1136%81-44$26$34,857,6099Lionsgate
12Red Tails$2,06443%39-4$53$49,829,23114Fox
13W.E.$1,51246%15-2$101$567,23412Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,308-8%14-4$93$688,88114Weinstein Company
15Albert Nobbs$1,02383%153$68$2,999,81813Roadside Attractions
16Undefeated$7862%170$46$506,50610Weinstein Company