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 Sun, Jun. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$14,714,700-30%3,773--$3,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$7,809,305-36%4,2480$1,838$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,826,863-35%3,670-248$1,588$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$1,430,520-35%3,144-558$455$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$1,320,684-33%2,649-365$499$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,231,475-38%1,29461$952$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,124,243-39%2,907-114$387$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$970,883-42%3,002-402$323$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$843,887-32%2,4330$347$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$434,899-36%1,099-322$396$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$639,418-3%757--$845$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$194,915-32%585-299$333$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$169,627-46%509-277$333$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$142,838-39%327260$437$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5Rowdy Rathore$116,350-27%120--$970$381,7841UTV Communications
6Mirror Mirror$99,755-33%357-65$279$62,911,80810Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$96,075-32%315-75$305$211,485,86014Universal
821 Jump Street$94,183-42%330-34$285$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$77,542-47%404-211$192$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$75,189-35%285-40$264$42,746,8128Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$46,865-42%218-56$215$28,284,6006Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$46,438-30%205-50$227$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,060-26%155-20$246$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Safe (2012)$32,263-25%17563$184$16,940,7926Lionsgate
15The Cabin in the Woods$32,049-30%136-67$236$41,164,3408Lionsgate
16High School$25,247-14%200--$126$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$274,317-22%1612$17,145$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$94,963-36%5046$1,899$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$54,695-31%500$1,094$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$50,462-26%86--$587$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,603-20%33-1$443$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,538-45%60-27$209$9,025,10713CBS Films
7Girl in Progress$11,701-9%50-93$234$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Titanic 3D$10,937-15%5210$210$57,859,4199Paramount
9The Artist$8,709-30%8767$100$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$8,560-24%486$178$361,5376Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$5,891-30%88-16$67$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
12The Raven$5,376-33%61-50$88$15,791,1066Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$2,14974%19-20$113$70,011,07315Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$807-33%8-1$101$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$636-48%60$106$561,05416Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$273-73%5-2$55$49,875,58920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$40-51%1-2$40$594,9048Roadside Attractions