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, Jun. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,032,41485%4,2635$2,353$94,982,9462Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$5,761,06073%3,44246$1,674$74,419,1872Fox
3Rock of Ages$5,294,141--3,470--$1,526$5,294,1411Warner Bros. / New Line
4That's My Boy$4,552,140--3,030--$1,502$4,552,1401Sony / Columbia
5Snow White and the Huntsman$4,069,88084%3,701-76$1,100$112,866,9153Universal
6Men in Black 3$2,738,74377%3,135-657$874$145,417,7264Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$2,206,15569%2,582-547$854$580,095,0597Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$632,06941%1,184-114$534$33,565,5647Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$424,15815%1,216-871$349$37,860,1595Lionsgate
10The Dictator$347,16028%1,119-532$310$56,915,4235Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$611,893187%17882$3,438$5,213,6294Focus
2Battleship$334,41032%942-1012$355$61,238,0805Universal
3The Hunger Games$247,89559%593-158$418$401,161,51513Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$189,0616%680-870$278$74,721,6896Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$126,2966%380-262$332$4,123,7333ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$87,25567%277-13$315$212,317,12516Universal
7Mirror Mirror$79,25348%278-25$285$63,758,88512Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$78,37564%350-52$224$59,755,6039Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$65,58680%208-79$315$90,541,7329Sony / Screen Gems
10The Three Stooges$63,196120%201-44$314$43,301,57010Fox
1121 Jump Street$60,288--220-38$274$137,851,05814Sony / Columbia
12Chernobyl Diaries$56,738-50%255-925$223$17,516,9464Warner Bros.
13Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$53,293--157--$339$53,2931Indomina Media
14The Cabin in the Woods$53,059368%224111$237$41,387,25210Lionsgate
15The Five-Year Engagement$30,165116%168-7$180$28,582,4958Universal
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$26,43726%149-168$177$29,075,3928Sony / Columbia
17Wrath of the Titans$21,92439%105-45$209$83,494,74212Warner Bros.
18Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$21,92231%108-18$203$103,639,44419Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$90,106107%770$1,170$1,285,7234Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$80,475648%4738$1,712$223,9802FilmDistrict
3To the Arctic 3D$72,47510%510$1,421$3,489,6849Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,55226%330$623$19,444,52363Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$18,014413%5248$346$64,2262Fox Searchlight
6Crooked Arrows$16,902-40%97-181$174$1,691,1625Branded/Peck Films
7Piranha 3DD$11,612161%11-67$1,056$351,4003Weinstein Company
8Safe (2012)$9,28818%76-35$122$17,093,8068Lionsgate
9Rowdy Rathore$8,963--32-68$280$716,1473UTV Communications
10Girl in Progress$6,0011%41-16$146$2,581,5056Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Raven$4,05582%29-5$140$15,831,9978Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$2,41777%13-11$186$394,3278Fox Searchlight
13The Artist$1,857-27%21-15$88$44,661,98330Weinstein Company
14Bully (2012)$920-79%14-17$66$3,481,89112Weinstein Company