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, Jul. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$40,200,432-11%4,404--$9,128$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,895,196-24%3,8865$1,517$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$3,185,221-25%3,753-565$849$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$2,876,530-26%3,214-89$895$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$1,799,755-21%2,899-493$621$208,774,1735Disney
6Savages$1,097,920-15%2,336-299$470$40,055,0753Universal
7Magic Mike$1,052,259-34%2,606-484$404$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$591,213-38%1,540-464$384$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$388,583-23%1,261-1024$308$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$335,283-18%1,123-1609$299$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$526,595-30%895-29$588$36,087,9599Focus
2Dark Shadows$255,357-53%412173$620$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$231,991-26%12948$1,798$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$175,410-31%495-252$354$615,058,42512Disney
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$125,513-27%288-54$436$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$120,655-33%409-268$295$152,589,3158Universal
7Prometheus$94,790-24%312-247$304$125,113,4897Fox
8Men in Black 3$71,576-34%266-231$269$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
9Rock of Ages$70,070-41%32267$218$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$58,092-22%266-389$218$36,485,3915Fox
11The Hunger Games$54,097-25%190-22$285$405,227,71118Lionsgate
12Safety Not Guaranteed$47,131-30%124-58$380$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
13Battleship$39,560-21%172-56$230$64,996,17510Universal
14The Pirates! Band of Misfits$34,115-19%189-43$181$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$31,340-32%192-29$163$40,954,15810Lionsgate
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$23,380-24%167-1$140$213,949,50521Universal
17The Dictator$16,028-9%105-56$153$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$94,318-30%918$1,036$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$51,848-25%520$997$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bol Bachchan$21,075-30%46-52$458$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
4That's My Boy$17,004-45%84-88$202$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
5Born to Be Wild 3D$13,445-41%330$407$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$13,380-41%53-19$252$44,160,31215Fox
7For Greater Glory$8,76812%33-9$266$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
8Mirror Mirror$7,254-40%59-32$123$64,829,63717Relativity Media
9A Cat In Paris$4,752-18%180$264$231,2818GKIDS
10Easy Money (2012)$4,499-29%20$2,250$52,0512Weinstein Company
1130 Beats$2,476-23%15--$165$8,6241Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,273-12%21-4$108$103,9612ARC Entertainment