'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, Oct. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$5,202,139-34%3,37523$1,541$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
2Taken 2$5,062,934-48%3,70645$1,366$86,131,9792Fox
3Argo$4,909,451-43%3,232--$1,519$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
4Sinister$3,738,625-45%2,527--$1,479$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
5Here Comes the Boom$3,054,450-41%3,014--$1,013$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$2,201,730-46%2,78717$790$36,015,4033Universal
8Looper$1,575,675-43%2,605-388$605$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,051,968-40%1,480--$711$4,174,9151CBS Films
10End of Watch$463,033-35%1,551-819$299$36,374,2234Open Road
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$412,563-35%1,012--$408$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
12Trouble with the Curve$375,493-47%1,812-1191$207$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$241,978-62%1,866-854$130$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$532,526-43%726505$734$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$214,445-43%682-182$314$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3Finding Nemo 3D$138,930-19%480-1266$289$40,115,1725Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$130,733-43%465-110$281$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$85,844-49%194-50$442$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$69,492-32%237-63$293$159,818,50714Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$65,756-36%349-1012$188$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$46,561-20%513-2004$91$5,098,6923Fox
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$36,823-33%176-81$209$48,440,75811Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$35,525-52%245-237$145$112,582,74010Universal
11The Possession$31,369-60%369-452$85$48,732,0487Lionsgate
13Dredd 3D$28,914-39%155-676$187$13,157,0454Lionsgate
14Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$27,205-32%122-33$223$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
15Premium Rush$24,691-39%16386$151$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
16Ted (2012)$23,925-44%145-42$165$218,511,80016Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$21,708-43%215-224$101$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
18The Expendables 2$17,896-38%146-167$123$84,501,9589Lionsgate
19Lawless$14,641-45%287-324$51$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$10,551-49%101-202$104$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$29,148-10%520$561$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$18,184-24%59-25$308$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
3The Amazing Spider-Man$11,761-51%73-72$161$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
4Barfi!$11,667-29%34-76$343$2,779,1725UTV Communications
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,3947%30-3$346$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,111-13%36-15$253$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
7Moonrise Kingdom$8,497-48%56-36$152$45,451,32121Focus
8The Other Dream Team$7,042-30%125$587$70,3803The Film Arcade
9Special Forces$3,639-9%5--$728$10,7591Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$3,148-20%1--$3,148$9,9641The Film Arcade
11Thaandavam$2,015-53%3-18$672$206,0253UTV Communications
12War of the Buttons (2012)$1,618-22%5--$324$4,7371Weinstein Company
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,348-51%18-6$75$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,327-27%6-6$221$47,7582Roadside Attractions
15Husbands In Goa$435-24%2--$218$8,5854UTV Communications
16Toys in the Attic$275-7%2-2$138$64,9186Hannover House