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, Aug. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,688,489-21%4,242-162$870$367,022,4933Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,265,292--2,361--$959$2,265,2920Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,263,587-29%3,601--$629$34,026,8911Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,720,108-25%3,391--$507$20,612,2191Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,205,025-19%3,542-327$340$136,029,7464Fox
6The Watch$816,866-25%3,1680$258$28,423,7042Fox
7Step Up Revolution$786,914-29%2,60639$302$26,547,4942Lionsgate / Summit
8Ted (2012)$685,025-21%2,585-544$265$205,952,8106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$580,285-24%2,216-944$262$252,768,5045Sony / Columbia
10Brave$468,501-14%1,883-668$249$224,944,6287Disney
11Magic Mike$192,324-30%1,202-873$160$111,618,2676Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$665,679--800--$832$665,6790ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$166,156-10%687-166$242$41,296,84211Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$132,491-13%318110$417$6,308,8966Fox Searchlight
4Savages$101,520-33%564-850$180$46,475,8455Universal
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,785-20%504-304$182$211,160,9319Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$70,390-25%737-374$96$64,391,4406Lionsgate
7The Hunger Games$67,749-3%291-19$233$406,900,77720Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$64,604-16%1940$333$8,859,35311Weinstein Company
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,350-12%309-46$150$153,978,27510Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$45,009-19%230-46$196$45,164,54814Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,221-35%277-329$102$24,903,7395Paramount
12Prometheus$25,980-17%198-31$131$125,911,0679Fox
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$17,791-10%165-32$108$37,070,7097Fox
14Safety Not Guaranteed$17,659-14%121-28$146$3,523,7899FilmDistrict
15Dark Shadows$13,439-23%132-90$102$79,675,43913Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$7,893-14%145-157$54$38,479,2728Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,4583%520$1,124$7,022,15616Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,730-25%6451$527$763,6042Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,8947%330$542$20,389,56570Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$14,0524%39-17$360$64,918,99019Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$2,650-9%61$442$122,1134Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$2,549-35%50--$51$35,1961Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,244-35%34-55$66$5,662,36610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$1,9897%142$142$279,66410GKIDS