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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,036,110-6%3,316--$614$38,813,9441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,407,375-3%3,7538$375$76,186,2152Universal
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,171,137-2%3,157-533$371$415,032,9015Warner Bros.
4The Campaign$1,168,423-7%3,25550$359$57,103,1722Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$1,134,456-5%3,429--$331$19,622,2891Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,005,380-5%2,59847$387$19,954,4901Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$926,992-2%2,3610$393$39,081,4642Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$588,145-5%2,244--$262$14,673,0741Sony / TriStar
9Hit and Run$568,023-9%2,698--$211$1,193,0340Open Road
10Total Recall (2012)$372,0621%2,151-1450$173$53,413,3373Sony / Columbia
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$370,130-8%2,308-1093$160$40,637,6003Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$330,098-3%1,930-917$171$151,748,7756Fox
13Ted (2012)$168,0050%1,018-925$165$213,815,3758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$101,133-5%576-534$176$229,572,2669Disney
2Step Up Revolution$94,5239%905-993$104$33,209,4134Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$94,273-3%542-853$174$257,863,9377Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$88,691-3%406100$218$213,083,26111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$77,050-2%282-165$273$43,269,76813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$72,1091%230-52$314$8,396,5938Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$53,0181%1940$273$10,095,19713Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$34,6558%194-58$179$1,941,8464Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$34,1377%395-1613$86$33,234,6774Fox
10Magic Mike$32,3606%255-195$127$112,858,1028Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,505-1%298-502$92$3,221,5902ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,505-4%244-26$100$154,762,03012Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,3761%230-30$84$407,769,16022Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,6622%120-47$147$45,661,02416Fox Searchlight
15Savages$13,090-11%154-164$85$47,118,0457Universal
16Prometheus$11,3563%101-40$112$126,239,79511Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,7372%140-62$70$25,281,6717Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,5206%105-25$91$37,344,3989Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,9443%199-165$40$64,994,5428Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,325-1%520$775$7,820,10518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,2073%330$370$20,628,66672Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$6,96216%54-19$129$3,706,92811FilmDistrict
4Cosmopolis$6,4235%3--$2,141$293,8201Entertainment One Films
5Easy Money (2012)$1,5348%5-2$307$171,7726Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$1,09537%7-5$156$297,68812GKIDS