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, Jul. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$20,480,03929%4,318--$4,743$95,497,6091Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$10,582,55532%3,25617$3,250$98,229,9002Universal
3Brave$6,287,39526%3,891-273$1,616$160,644,3663Disney
4Magic Mike$6,147,54035%3,120190$1,970$63,334,3102Warner Bros.
5Savages$5,715,555--2,628--$2,175$5,715,5551Universal
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,477,85364%2,1610$1,609$39,123,8082Lionsgate
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$2,692,663-13%2,730--$986$5,794,6101Paramount
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$2,362,76029%2,861-854$826$190,747,1965Paramount / DreamWorks
9People Like Us$707,54829%2,0550$344$7,703,9152Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$680,81843%1,125-632$605$609,640,57810Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$615,0943%1,657-1452$371$32,721,4703Fox
12Snow White and the Huntsman$564,48027%1,152-1185$490$148,552,6906Universal
13Prometheus$549,29028%1,105-846$497$121,124,0645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,358,29160%88430$1,537$23,620,0857Focus
2Men in Black 3$587,25770%879-1023$668$171,996,2337Sony / Columbia
3That's My Boy$215,84310%400-1963$540$35,695,0204Sony / Columbia
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$210,41428%359-175$586$41,461,19610Fox Searchlight
5Rock of Ages$205,724-20%701-1704$293$36,540,9374Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Hunger Games$98,16937%228-50$431$404,164,82316Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$97,85244%303-62$323$76,653,8239Warner Bros.
8Battleship$90,885124%249-59$365$64,140,7308Universal
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$84,161--257-27$327$29,943,38511Sony / Columbia
10Safety Not Guaranteed$68,89958%109-55$632$1,986,0055FilmDistrict
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$67,901303%23633$288$40,280,1908Lionsgate
12The Dictator$44,809191%18656$241$59,211,4798Paramount
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$42,87515%175-27$245$213,404,59019Universal
14Think Like a Man$30,291--118-67$257$91,484,07312Sony / Screen Gems
15Mirror Mirror$22,026-13%119-47$185$64,613,50615Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$150,371--98--$1,534$150,3711Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$108,773208%1915$5,725$478,5622Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$84,73915%520$1,630$4,905,18212Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$68,01941%60-8$1,134$3,000,5117Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,93616%330$665$19,800,52266Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Lucky One (2012)$16,40531%72-43$228$60,367,21512Warner Bros.
7The Three Stooges$16,29514%76-41$214$43,878,35713Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$13,657-12%83-66$165$42,013,92113Lionsgate
9For Greater Glory$12,27730%39-34$315$5,379,4306ARC Entertainment
10Chernobyl Diaries$5,795-44%38-107$153$18,072,7857Warner Bros.
11Crooked Arrows$1,944-10%11-2$177$1,814,6028Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$926-81%29-49$32$16,003,64511Relativity Media