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 Thu, Aug. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,586,326-3%4,242-162$845$370,608,8193Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,187,765-3%2,361--$927$4,453,0570Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,061,501-9%3,601--$572$36,088,3921Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,741,7891%3,391--$514$22,354,0081Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,284,3067%3,542-327$363$137,314,0524Fox
6Step Up Revolution$767,268-2%2,60639$294$27,314,7622Lionsgate / Summit
7The Watch$750,924-8%3,1680$237$29,174,6282Fox
8Ted (2012)$672,100-2%2,585-544$260$206,624,9106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$574,938-1%2,216-944$259$253,343,4425Sony / Columbia
10Brave$498,2386%1,883-668$265$225,442,8667Disney
11Magic Mike$198,3513%1,202-873$165$111,816,6186Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$316,779-52%800--$396$982,4580ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$163,556-2%687-166$238$41,460,39811Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$128,377-3%318110$404$6,437,2736Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$103,83313%504-304$206$211,264,7649Paramount / DreamWorks
5Savages$87,420-14%564-850$155$46,563,2655Universal
6The Hunger Games$69,4583%291-19$239$406,970,23520Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$64,078-1%1940$330$8,923,43111Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$63,424-10%737-374$86$64,454,8646Lionsgate
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,4350%309-46$150$154,024,71010Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$42,747-5%230-46$186$45,207,29514Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$30,2907%277-329$109$24,934,0295Paramount
12Prometheus$26,1941%198-31$132$125,937,2619Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$18,6606%121-28$154$3,542,4499FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,2413%165-32$111$37,088,9507Fox
15Dark Shadows$12,833-5%132-90$97$79,688,27213Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$10,08028%145-157$70$38,489,3528Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,54714%520$1,280$7,088,70316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,8940%6451$530$797,4982Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,1411%330$550$20,407,70670Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,385-5%39-17$343$64,932,37519Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$3,02214%61$504$125,1354Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$3,00518%50--$60$38,2011Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,68019%34-55$79$5,665,04610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$2,1779%142$156$281,84110GKIDS