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 Wed, Jul. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,105,534-25%3,881--$1,316$63,802,9961Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$4,021,753-26%4,3180$931$214,314,7842Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,658,885-20%3,30347$805$168,173,7753Universal
4Brave$1,629,097-19%3,392-499$480$200,705,3604Disney
5Magic Mike$1,463,152-15%3,090-30$474$96,325,8313Warner Bros.
6Savages$1,080,350-23%2,6357$410$35,812,9952Universal
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$686,809-18%2,7322$251$20,841,8622Paramount
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$588,356-20%2,285-576$257$205,729,9866Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$569,483-20%2,004-157$284$57,505,5433Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$437,232-18%92440$473$33,886,2288Focus
2Shut Up and Play the Hits$345,000--160--$2,156$345,0000Oscilloscope
3Marvel's The Avengers$194,838-12%747-378$261$614,265,45311Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$128,630-15%677-475$190$152,046,8207Universal
5Prometheus$124,533-17%559-546$223$124,708,0606Fox
6People Like Us$111,614-19%961-1094$116$11,539,4863Disney / DreamWorks
7Men in Black 3$99,978-21%497-382$201$175,121,4258Sony / Columbia
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$97,056-22%342-17$284$43,345,93211Fox Searchlight
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$95,561-13%655-1002$146$36,222,7384Fox
10The Hunger Games$45,630-5%212-16$215$405,000,34317Lionsgate
11Safety Not Guaranteed$40,304-16%18273$221$2,750,0896FilmDistrict
12Dark Shadows$35,809-6%239-64$150$77,376,45110Warner Bros.
13Battleship$34,200-6%228-21$150$64,838,6909Universal
14Rock of Ages$32,144-10%255-446$126$37,656,4465Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$29,400-13%168-7$175$213,830,74020Universal
16What to Expect When You're Expecting$27,903-9%221-15$126$40,814,2689Lionsgate
17The Dictator$16,769-4%161-25$104$59,554,2599Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$102,564-12%8162$1,266$2,002,9623Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$71,423-3%520$1,374$5,717,20113Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$47,315-5%8323$570$3,718,2248Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,2899%330$524$20,003,29467Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$16,17431%72-4$225$44,093,33614Fox
6For Greater Glory$11,2970%423$269$5,525,8657ARC Entertainment
7Mirror Mirror$10,517-12%91-28$116$64,788,67016Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$3,509-6%41-31$86$60,453,34913Warner Bros.
9The Obama Effect$2,886-15%25--$115$94,4471ARC Entertainment
10Easy Money (2012)$2,282-8%21$1,141$35,0321Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,240-5%18--$124$215,7597GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,457-14%23-15$63$18,117,8198Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$365-41%9-2$41$1,831,5649Branded/Peck Films