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, Sep. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,885,645266%2,83418$1,018$26,734,7552Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,797,444143%3,138250$573$19,315,8632Weinstein Company
3The Words$1,582,843--2,801--$565$1,582,8431CBS Films
4The Expendables 2$1,338,396144%3,260-74$411$72,005,5354Lionsgate
5The Bourne Legacy$1,132,770178%2,766-365$410$100,792,2655Universal
62016: Obama's America$1,061,80155%2,017--$526$23,868,1239Rocky Mountain Pictures
7The Campaign$1,003,085182%2,542-399$395$76,946,5175Warner Bros.
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$874,311278%2,71782$322$40,231,3614Disney
9The Dark Knight Rises$863,319123%1,987-200$434$435,427,6128Warner Bros.
10ParaNorman$848,517279%2,856-229$297$42,105,9784Focus
11Hope Springs (2012)$836,229123%2,437-4$343$55,555,6685Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$645,653147%2,182-73$296$15,077,3433Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$634,120--1,511--$420$634,1201Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$315,02248%1,810-1060$174$11,741,6263Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$217,231127%1,209-496$180$620,845,67719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$440,136--267--$1,648$440,1361Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$208,226106%873-384$239$22,802,3034Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$162,480163%515-46$315$216,471,81011Universal
4The Amazing Spider-Man$145,208148%416-85$349$260,150,56910Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$144,612573%931-273$155$46,069,2216Fox
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$139,625242%763-273$183$156,479,0699Fox
7Brave$139,085111%959-749$145$232,816,47712Disney
8Total Recall (2012)$130,344108%502-254$260$57,290,4756Sony / Columbia
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,853132%2692$353$10,007,99211Fox Searchlight
10Branded$93,000--307--$303$93,0001Roadside Attractions
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$79,106267%345-160$229$214,938,28814Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Intouchables$73,393123%19419$378$11,326,35316Weinstein Company
13Moonrise Kingdom$63,108106%2003$316$44,473,32616Focus
14The Apparition$50,0048%276-534$181$4,615,5253Warner Bros.
15Step Up Revolution$46,397211%198-38$234$34,339,8617Lionsgate / Summit
16The Watch$42,978189%135-60$318$33,892,7807Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$37,045220%167-12$222$65,376,51411Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$31,364--173-13$181$178,923,50316Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$31,10349%202-66$154$113,516,92111Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$23,20340%1149$204$46,023,88419Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$11,032-70%281-1879$39$996,2282Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$69,536381%5633$1,242$303,5552Focus
2Ruby Sparks$15,291108%76-2$201$2,333,4757Fox Searchlight
3Cosmopolis$14,48350%45-20$322$673,7884Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$14,42626%520$277$8,330,77321Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,298229%546$191$3,851,80714FilmDistrict
6Prometheus$7,87679%48-7$164$126,408,55914Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,222144%330$219$20,799,11575Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Joker$5,15157%43-31$120$150,4962UTV Communications
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,79694%39-10$123$37,485,07012Fox
10Mugamoodi$4,160152%17-4$245$81,1462UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,978--22-9$135$3,353,9905ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$58614%52$117$315,58615GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$125-40%20$63$188,3929Weinstein Company