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, Aug. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$11,238,166-21%4,242-162$2,649$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$7,137,896-24%3,601--$1,982$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,732,065-26%3,391--$1,101$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,722,517-19%3,542-327$769$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$2,049,906-20%3,1680$647$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$1,816,598-17%2,60639$697$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$1,743,210-23%2,767-362$630$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$1,412,497-19%2,425-735$582$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
9Brave$996,246-16%2,110-441$472$223,420,2547Disney
10Magic Mike$398,429-26%1,202-873$331$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$380,743-28%687-166$554$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$361,725-27%318110$1,138$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
3Savages$337,920-11%704-710$480$46,078,6455Universal
4Men in Black 3$204,196-22%326139$626$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$202,984-9%504-304$403$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$186,850-42%737-374$254$64,142,2536Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$181,908-27%1940$938$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
8The Hunger Games$127,512-26%291-19$438$406,697,22420Lionsgate
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$106,052-18%230-46$461$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
10Snow White and the Huntsman$95,790-25%309-46$310$153,829,95510Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$65,197-15%277-329$235$24,789,0975Paramount
12Prometheus$56,201-14%198-31$284$125,826,9429Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$48,658-31%121-28$402$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$44,448-11%165-32$269$37,014,0757Fox
15Dark Shadows$34,127-19%132-90$259$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$19,721-22%112-39$176$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia
17Rock of Ages$18,848-33%145-157$130$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$119,150-31%6451$1,862$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$71,250-2%520$1,370$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,871-20%330$572$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Soldiers of Fortune$8,423-10%50--$168$24,9781Roadside Attractions
5Easy Money (2012)$6,835-28%61$1,139$114,2344Weinstein Company
6For Greater Glory$6,19110%34-55$182$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
7A Cat In Paris$3,772-26%142$269$274,08810GKIDS
8Mirror Mirror$2,181-12%39-17$56$64,890,59519Relativity Media