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 Tue, Aug. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,644,78021%3,35539$490$55,244,2992Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,077,93016%3,654-99$295$87,531,0353Universal
3ParaNorman$1,040,63716%3,45526$301$30,200,6842Focus
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$907,26117%2,5980$349$28,757,6262Disney
5The Campaign$903,38610%3,30247$274$66,300,4023Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$888,2387%2,606-551$341$423,976,6186Warner Bros.
7Premium Rush$789,45125%2,255--$350$7,450,1981Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$783,20030%2,40241$326$46,191,6313Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$573,57017%2,870--$200$6,783,0571Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$412,76623%2,2440$184$19,404,9482Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$300,6718%1,965-772$153$43,463,3884Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$283,33210%1,550-724$183$154,040,1327Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$224,08711%1,576-858$142$55,600,2474Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$231,2340%810--$285$3,303,2011Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$121,3653%783-386$155$215,001,6209Universal
3Brave$80,457-6%452-189$178$230,254,75310Disney
4The Amazing Spider-Man$75,56412%418-180$181$258,498,9438Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$65,43022%374-32$175$213,808,27912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up Revolution$63,28123%428-477$148$33,817,8755Lionsgate / Summit
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$62,16314%212-24$293$8,976,4589Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$59,40435%1940$306$10,549,85014Weinstein Company
9Moonrise Kingdom$49,4532%33250$149$43,769,69114Focus
10Magic Mike$41,66726%355100$117$113,161,3059Warner Bros.
11Ruby Sparks$21,75016%135-83$161$2,145,8925Fox Searchlight
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$21,13331%112-16$189$45,791,10817Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$18,9835%250-263$76$33,502,3125Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$16,4906%194-50$85$154,949,26513Universal
15Savages$12,2855%117-37$105$47,226,2758Universal
16The Hunger Games$10,4304%189-41$55$407,904,45423Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8,991-6%130-294$69$3,315,1383ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,4305%106-93$42$65,063,2709Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,284-8%520$621$8,023,24219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$18,409-5%6360$292$486,1032Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$10,14411%330$307$20,695,14273Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$7,8071%91-10$86$126,313,39412Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,49217%540$120$3,766,78112FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,8589%75-30$78$37,408,35210Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$4,1842%66-74$63$25,318,2108Paramount
8Easy Money (2012)$1,448110%50$290$182,3437Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$769231%6-1$128$303,81313GKIDS