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, Oct. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,727,43766%3,24715$532$45,778,8122Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,493,52116%3,412--$438$31,783,6641Paramount
3Taken 2$1,083,90434%3,489-217$311$107,722,5693Fox
4Alex Cross$927,89728%2,539--$365$13,051,8831Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$790,08220%2,54215$311$33,181,4592Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$674,97912%3,3849$199$119,802,1494Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$596,89031%3,0140$198$24,184,1102Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$531,95033%2,660-127$200$46,447,8534Universal
9Looper$492,80345%2,223-382$222$58,674,3914Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$412,74244%1,4800$279$9,860,1472CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$299,50812%2,362-643$127$28,806,2323Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$191,32630%74519$257$9,462,0155Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$96,86520%751-800$129$38,073,1575Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$74,12917%925-887$80$34,221,9255Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$72,72747%945-67$77$2,982,4652Atlas Distribution
5The Master$65,83466%412-270$160$14,843,7436Weinstein Company
6Arbitrage$37,922116%169-25$224$7,116,7636Roadside Attractions
7The Dark Knight Rises$36,10327%345-120$105$446,828,68814Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$23,1440%746-1120$31$30,829,2655Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$18,56045%232-13$80$112,840,02011Universal
10Dredd 3D$16,35625%1605$102$13,355,3655Lionsgate
11Lawless$13,41441%184-103$73$37,287,0358Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,1287%222-15$50$160,094,06315Fox
13Ted (2012)$9,810-5%109-36$90$218,648,84517Universal
14Won't Back Down$8,44482%168-345$50$5,241,8504Fox
15ParaNorman$7,18911%168-8$43$54,678,00510Focus
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,10810%149-27$34$48,584,12812Fox
17The Possession$2,878-13%133-236$22$48,839,8278Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$12,30127%4--$3,075$135,4911Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,8991%520$229$9,295,88227Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$7,10427%300$237$21,102,34181Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$6,41048%601$107$12,833,64522Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$5,96840%92-54$65$84,583,51810Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,80328%74-27$51$86,444,33211Warner Bros.
7Moonrise Kingdom$2,96682%29-27$102$45,493,71922Focus
8War of the Buttons (2012)$2,58466%3530$74$28,4152Weinstein Company
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,10156%28-8$75$11,190,09617Fox Searchlight
10Thaandavam$810289%2-1$405$213,1634UTV Communications
11Barfi!$781100%10-24$78$2,800,6166UTV Communications
12Gayby$161-48%1--$161$8,7002The Film Collaborative