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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$19,654,489-20%4,4040$4,463$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,993,849-25%3,869-17$1,032$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$3,556,431-24%3,168--$1,123$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$2,898,817-26%2,567--$1,129$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$2,159,010-28%3,129-85$690$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$2,041,776-26%3,160-593$646$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$1,337,834-22%2,551-348$524$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$667,553-37%2,075-531$322$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$608,035-18%1,414-922$430$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$347,242-39%1,111-429$313$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$448,585-28%853-42$526$38,641,40310Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$302,002-25%20879$1,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$280,556-21%808-453$347$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Intouchables$175,557-24%194103$905$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$173,163-15%606-517$286$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$162,743-20%310120$525$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7Snow White and the Huntsman$115,375-29%355-54$325$153,261,2859Universal
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$105,627-27%276-12$383$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
9Dark Shadows$68,247-47%222-190$307$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
10Prometheus$62,278-26%229-83$272$125,521,8568Fox
11Men in Black 3$53,070-30%187-79$284$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
12Safety Not Guaranteed$52,583-26%14925$353$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,313-29%197-69$235$36,778,6146Fox
14Rock of Ages$39,050-45%302-20$129$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
15Battleship$29,395-24%140-32$210$65,173,16011Universal
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$24,203-23%151-38$160$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$20,936-25%139-53$151$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$53,325-23%520$1,025$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$42,941-32%13--$3,303$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,977-34%330$484$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
4For Greater Glory$13,6753%8956$154$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
5Killer Joe$11,070-21%3--$3,690$36,9801LD Entertainment
6Bol Bachchan$7,478-37%24-22$312$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
7Easy Money (2012)$6,902-31%53$1,380$83,5143Weinstein Company
8Mirror Mirror$3,964-30%56-3$71$64,868,69218Relativity Media
9A Cat In Paris$3,360-21%12-6$280$256,4379GKIDS
10Home Run Showdown$92664%1--$926$8,8241Image Entertainment
11The Obama Effect$445-15%2-19$223$110,2513ARC Entertainment
1230 Beats$58152%2-13$29$14,6862Roadside Attractions