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 Fri, Apr. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$5,497,935190%2,0150$2,729$48,365,9932Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$3,901,251178%3,17520$1,229$32,502,4072Warner Bros.
3The Five-Year Engagement$3,478,500--2,936--$1,185$3,478,5001Universal
4The Hunger Games$2,992,968187%3,572-180$838$364,197,7186Lionsgate
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,749,959--3,358--$819$2,749,9591Sony / Columbia
6Safe (2012)$2,620,179--2,266--$1,156$2,620,1791Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,526,313--2,203--$1,147$2,526,3131Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,601,756112%1,5674$1,022$15,294,6882Disneynature
9The Cabin in the Woods$1,419,205112%2,639-172$538$31,583,0453Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$1,298,995205%3,105-377$418$33,039,5393Fox
11American Reunion$915,45095%2,154-879$425$51,479,2854Universal
1221 Jump Street$900,824111%1,820-607$495$129,838,3427Sony / Columbia
13Mirror Mirror$562,95394%2,017-921$279$57,200,3755Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$527,87264%1,572-930$336$79,071,6835Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$515,78738%1,409-1106$366$54,882,9294Paramount
16Lockout$277,9024%1,259-1076$221$12,667,4323Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$194,26076%883-700$220$207,781,9409Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$129,505289%401-43$323$101,500,71012Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$114,37550%335-111$341$7,464,7038CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$96,62841%2630$367$1,893,1075Weinstein Company
5This Means War$56,495225%232-61$244$54,232,97811Fox
6Safe House$49,130135%229-72$215$125,738,95512Universal
7Act of Valor$43,846156%28556$154$69,570,13810Relativity Media
8The Vow$39,088--218-79$179$124,728,63812Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$29,794490%1691$176$17,984,8468Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,092--127-48$198$51,596,03511Sony / Columbia
11Project X (2012)$24,20755%155-103$156$54,583,0469Warner Bros.
12Chronicle$20,395135%121-16$169$64,361,10213Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,29690%111-24$84$132,951,17220Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$72,08742%500$1,442$507,0882Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$31,02217%342$912$18,449,00756Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$21,06322%67-39$314$1,022,1873Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$16,01127%79-43$203$4,096,8717Paramount Vantage
5Sound of My Voice$12,336--5--$2,467$12,3361Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$12,265-14%46-80$267$526,8443Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$10,33022%53-30$195$7,133,7018Roadside Attractions
8The Woman in Black$8,875144%63-27$141$54,302,59613CBS Films
9Touchback$8,832107%28-41$315$165,7553Anchor Bay Films
10The Artist$7,5256%50-36$151$44,189,20023Weinstein Company
11We Bought a Zoo$6,575108%52-14$126$75,567,33419Fox
12Casa de mi Padre$5,44354%36-22$151$5,796,2227Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,030110%39-42$129$34,866,89810Lionsgate
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,88193%27-5$181$43,416,18512Fox
15Red Tails$4,629160%23-16$201$49,837,18315Fox
16Coriolanus$4,249197%140$304$695,70415Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$4,10654%22-37$187$12,742,6798Open Road
18Undefeated$3,493288%203$175$511,80911Weinstein Company
19W.E.$2,22575%10-5$223$572,00913Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$1,320-29%161$83$3,003,46614Roadside Attractions