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 Fri, Aug. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$3,836,90888%3,35539$1,144$42,650,8522Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$2,722,23093%3,654-99$745$78,908,4453Universal
3ParaNorman$2,296,125102%3,45526$665$21,918,4142Focus
4The Campaign$2,227,14491%3,30247$674$59,330,3163Warner Bros.
5The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,046,563104%2,5980$788$22,001,0532Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$1,990,23470%2,606-551$764$417,023,1356Warner Bros.
7Premium Rush$1,964,788--2,255--$871$1,964,7881Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$1,707,43284%2,40241$711$40,788,8963Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$1,420,001150%2,870--$495$2,613,0351Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$1,203,462105%2,2440$536$15,876,5362Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$613,10566%1,965-772$312$41,250,7054Fox
12Total Recall (2012)$527,01442%1,576-858$334$53,940,3514Sony / Columbia
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$451,55137%1,550-724$291$152,200,3267Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$1,176,879--810--$1,453$1,176,8791Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$293,62575%783-386$375$214,109,0009Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$167,83689%374-32$449$213,251,09712Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Amazing Spider-Man$146,21455%418-180$350$258,010,1518Sony / Columbia
5Step Up Revolution$142,98151%428-477$334$33,352,3945Lionsgate / Summit
6Brave$133,60932%452-189$296$229,705,87510Disney
7Ek Tha Tiger$124,759--1191$1,048$2,038,0172Yash Raj Films
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$118,90565%212-24$561$8,515,4989Fox Searchlight
9Moonrise Kingdom$113,30747%33250$341$43,383,07514Focus
10The Intouchables$84,13859%1940$434$10,179,33514Weinstein Company
11Magic Mike$74,058129%355100$209$112,932,1609Warner Bros.
12The Watch$70,827107%250-263$283$33,305,5045Fox
13Men in Black 3$65,390--232-26$282$178,341,41314Sony / Columbia
14Snow White and the Huntsman$45,59086%194-50$235$154,807,62013Universal
15Ruby Sparks$44,18728%135-83$327$1,986,0335Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$32,92370%189-41$174$407,802,08323Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,38344%112-16$227$45,686,40717Fox Searchlight
18Savages$25,15592%117-37$215$47,143,2008Universal
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$21,525-22%130-294$166$3,243,1153ARC Entertainment
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$17,403119%106-93$164$65,011,9459Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cosmopolis$52,171712%6360$828$345,9912Entertainment One Films
2To the Arctic 3D$40,2980%520$775$7,860,40319Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Prometheus$16,68747%91-10$183$126,256,48212Fox
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,58028%330$472$20,644,24673Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$14,74255%75-30$197$37,359,14010Fox
6Safety Not Guaranteed$14,001101%540$259$3,720,92912FilmDistrict
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$8,051-17%66-74$122$25,289,7228Paramount
8Little White Lies$6,844--3--$2,281$6,8441MPI Media
9Easy Money (2012)$2,23446%50$447$174,0067Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$2,09792%6-1$350$299,78513GKIDS