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 Thu, Apr. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,893,743-3%2,015--$940$42,868,0581Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,403,4873%3,155--$445$28,601,6961Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,041,59510%3,752-164$278$361,204,7505Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$756,60710%1,563--$484$13,692,9321Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$669,7302%2,8110$238$30,163,8402Lionsgate
6American Reunion$468,6003%3,033-170$155$50,563,8353Universal
721 Jump Street$427,5118%2,427-308$176$128,937,5186Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$425,80310%3,4825$122$31,740,5442Fox
9Titanic 3D$375,10413%2,515-182$149$54,367,1423Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$321,2758%2,502-600$128$78,543,8114Warner Bros.
11Mirror Mirror$289,7579%2,938-268$99$56,637,4224Relativity Media
12Lockout$266,792-1%2,33527$114$12,389,5302Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$110,12516%1,583-529$70$207,587,6808Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$76,16912%44611$171$7,350,3287CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$68,704-1%263105$261$1,796,4794Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$33,28910%444-58$75$101,371,20511Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$20,9508%301-70$70$125,689,82511Universal
5This Means War$17,4066%29310$59$54,176,48310Fox
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$17,19510%1064$162$1,001,1242Code Black Entertainment
7Act of Valor$17,09945%229-123$75$69,526,2929Relativity Media
8Project X (2012)$15,583-2%258113$60$54,558,8398Warner Bros.
9Blue Like Jazz$14,21637%126-10$113$514,5792Roadside Attractions
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,607-1%122-61$103$4,080,8606Paramount Vantage
11The Iron Lady$12,5462%102-44$123$30,004,92317Weinstein Company
12Chronicle$8,6802%137-28$63$64,340,70712Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,04730%168-109$30$17,955,0527Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,90111%135-18$36$132,941,87619Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$50,72327%50--$1,014$435,0011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,5767%32-8$831$18,417,98555Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$8,4979%83-30$102$7,123,3717Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,0747%86-35$82$44,181,67522Weinstein Company
5Touchback$4,27220%6919$62$156,9232Anchor Bay Films
6The Woman in Black$3,6329%90-32$40$54,293,72112CBS Films
7Casa de mi Padre$3,526-16%58-63$61$5,790,7796Lionsgate / Pantelion
8We Bought a Zoo$3,162-4%66-17$48$75,560,75918Fox
9Silent House (2012)$2,66032%590$45$12,738,5737Open Road
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,53221%32-1$79$43,411,30411Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,39228%81-44$30$34,861,8689Lionsgate
12Albert Nobbs$1,871309%153$125$3,002,14613Roadside Attractions
13Red Tails$1,77815%39-4$46$49,832,55414Fox
14Coriolanus$1,42925%14-4$102$691,45514Weinstein Company
15W.E.$1,2750%15-2$85$569,78412Weinstein Company
16Undefeated$901-1%170$53$508,31610Weinstein Company