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 Sun, Sep. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$5,326,620-16%2,816--$1,892$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,755,1618%2,888--$1,300$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,477,9524%3,334-21$1,043$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,786,5905%3,131-523$890$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$2,595,3802%3,085-370$841$38,052,0063Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$2,453,2689%2,187-419$1,122$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,443,2191%2,63537$927$36,154,0123Disney
8The Campaign$2,289,58913%2,941-361$779$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,746,620-2%2,44139$716$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,506,2114%2,2550$668$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$1,000,0038%2,8700$348$10,055,8462Open Road
12Marvel's The Avengers$839,40122%1,705--$492$619,760,59418Disney
13Sparkle (2012)$609,244-15%1,257-987$485$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
14Brave$599,6369%1,7081256$351$231,801,17911Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$571,1734%1,204-761$474$45,186,3265Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$521,8823%1,036-514$504$155,635,4428Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$152,995-8%2,160--$71$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$358,0382%50183$715$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$332,1784%756-820$439$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$325,38013%561-222$580$215,975,55010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$247,112-1%505131$489$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$221,977-5%8100$274$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$202,6061%26755$759$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$146,415-4%175-19$837$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$135,3247%197-135$687$44,205,43815Focus
9Step Up Revolution$103,312-13%236-192$438$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$91,4447%195-55$469$33,762,4066Fox
11Men in Black 3$73,686-1%186-46$396$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$67,419-9%17973$377$65,254,18310Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,224-1%268-87$210$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$37,180-12%143-51$260$155,081,78514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$36,220-9%105-7$345$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$20,208-19%145-44$139$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,38817%520$1,277$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$51,6246%23--$2,245$143,9351Focus
3Joker$39,3046%74--$531$105,8651UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$32,495-8%78-57$417$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,1900%652$495$606,1373Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$19,9997%49-26$408$37,465,45211Fox
7Mugamoodi$19,0614%21--$908$56,6031UTV Communications
8Savages$18,86015%82-35$230$47,294,8409Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$18,0604%330$547$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Safety Not Guaranteed$16,41011%48-6$342$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
11Prometheus$16,069-9%55-36$292$126,376,36013Fox
12Little White Lies$15,291-10%129$1,274$80,3362MPI Media
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,285-14%31-99$170$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,975-35%12--$248$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,226-7%3-3$742$310,05514GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$8700%2-3$435$187,0768Weinstein Company