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 Wed, Oct. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,318,075-24%3,24715$406$47,096,8872Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,385-31%3,412--$304$32,820,0491Paramount
3Taken 2$800,738-26%3,489-217$230$108,523,3073Fox
4Alex Cross$641,639-31%2,539--$253$13,693,5221Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$602,186-24%2,54215$237$33,783,6452Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$502,946-25%3,3849$149$120,305,0954Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$424,799-29%3,0140$141$24,608,9092Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$412,285-22%2,660-127$155$46,860,1384Universal
9Looper$366,242-26%2,223-382$165$59,040,6334Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$303,460-26%1,4800$205$10,163,6072CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$251,212-16%2,362-643$106$29,057,4443Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$160,436-16%74519$215$9,622,4515Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$81,398-16%751-800$108$38,154,5555Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$62,986-13%945-67$67$3,045,4512Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$62,258-16%925-887$67$34,284,1835Warner Bros.
5The Master$52,813-20%412-270$128$14,896,5566Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$32,493-10%345-120$94$446,861,18114Warner Bros.
7Arbitrage$28,535-25%169-25$169$7,145,2986Roadside Attractions
8House at the End of the Street$23,4711%746-1120$31$30,852,7365Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$14,985-19%232-13$65$112,855,00511Universal
10Dredd 3D$11,745-28%1605$73$13,367,1105Lionsgate
11Lawless$10,973-18%184-103$60$37,298,0088Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,621-14%222-15$43$160,103,68415Fox
13Ted (2012)$8,720-11%109-36$80$218,657,56517Universal
14ParaNorman$5,069-29%168-8$30$54,683,07410Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,262-17%149-27$29$48,588,39012Fox
16Won't Back Down$3,805-55%168-345$23$5,245,6554Fox
17The Possession$2,789-3%133-236$21$48,842,6168Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$14,98726%520$288$9,310,86927Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$11,615-6%4--$2,904$147,1061Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$5,813-9%601$97$12,839,45822Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,263-26%300$175$21,107,60481Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Expendables 2$4,075-32%92-54$44$84,587,59310Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,747-1%74-27$51$86,448,07911Warner Bros.
7War of the Buttons (2012)$2,460-5%3530$70$30,8752Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$2,394-19%29-27$83$45,496,11322Focus
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,038-3%28-8$73$11,192,13417Fox Searchlight
10Barfi!$641-18%10-24$64$2,801,2576UTV Communications
11Gayby$412156%1--$412$9,1122The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$148-82%2-1$74$213,3114UTV Communications