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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$6,078,660--2,816--$2,159$6,078,6601Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,766,271175%2,888--$958$4,908,7181Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,210,156110%3,334-21$663$59,569,0613Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$1,784,670143%3,131-523$570$90,783,1104Universal
5ParaNorman$1,440,884127%3,085-370$467$32,920,0703Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$1,415,492112%2,187-419$647$426,729,4427Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,406,840151%2,63537$534$31,284,1983Disney
8The Campaign$1,389,954120%2,941-361$473$68,964,6184Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,175,638106%2,44139$482$48,532,1454Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,015,873127%2,2550$450$9,371,0702Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$661,440100%2,8700$230$8,130,8302Open Road
12Sparkle (2012)$451,93274%1,257-987$360$20,378,7773Sony / TriStar
13Marvel's The Avengers$383,116--1,705--$225$618,233,00918Disney
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$299,43398%1,204-761$249$44,067,0215Fox
15Brave$276,836366%1,7081256$162$230,651,01311Disney
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$274,39490%1,036-514$265$154,607,2088Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$124,7601%2,160--$58$350,3481Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Total Recall (2012)$216,72858%756-820$287$56,086,3535Sony / Columbia
2The Amazing Spider-Man$215,396321%50183$430$258,815,4539Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$196,350140%561-222$350$215,361,25510Universal
4The Apparition$177,25115%8100$219$3,796,1102Warner Bros.
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$133,189164%505131$264$214,042,63813Paramount / DreamWorks
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,353112%26755$466$9,214,29210Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$80,81978%175-19$462$10,717,62615Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$80,32567%197-135$408$43,943,39315Focus
9Step Up Revolution$66,799109%236-192$283$33,949,1216Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$51,306220%195-55$263$33,585,5066Fox
11Magic Mike$45,11324%268-87$168$113,277,97710Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$42,4131053%17973$237$65,112,81110Lionsgate
13Men in Black 3$40,591--186-46$218$178,644,78915Sony / Columbia
14Snow White and the Huntsman$25,02572%143-51$175$155,002,42014Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$23,55624%105-7$224$45,851,55218Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$13,15836%145-44$91$407,936,46724Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$43,670--23--$1,899$43,6701Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$34,85133%520$670$8,108,41720Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joker$29,440--74--$398$29,4401UTV Communications
4Cosmopolis$24,60463%652$379$541,6923Entertainment One Films
5Ruby Sparks$21,70428%78-57$278$2,201,7946Fox Searchlight
6Mugamoodi$18,166--21--$865$19,2681UTV Communications
7Born to Be Wild 3D$13,37934%330$405$20,731,02374Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Prometheus$12,02641%55-36$219$126,342,53913Fox
9Savages$11,075-5%82-35$135$47,259,5809Universal
10Little White Lies$10,729--129$894$48,0282MPI Media
11Safety Not Guaranteed$8,48621%48-6$177$3,788,87613FilmDistrict
12Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,41329%49-26$151$37,426,81311Fox
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$3,713-33%31-99$120$3,329,4024ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,58097%12--$215$5,3031Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$1,004204%3-3$335$305,42314GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$637-42%2-3$319$185,3388Weinstein Company