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 Sat, Oct. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$5,289,42335%2,855-392$1,853$57,641,5273Warner Bros.
2Hotel Transylvania$4,226,61866%3,276-108$1,290$127,701,8045Sony / Columbia
3Cloud Atlas$3,708,7699%2,008--$1,847$7,110,9801Warner Bros.
4Paranormal Activity 4$3,559,41314%3,4120$1,043$40,647,7312Paramount
5Taken 2$3,427,19933%2,995-494$1,144$115,392,4524Fox
6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,782,023-22%2,933--$949$6,352,0341Open Road
7Alex Cross$2,319,77938%2,5412$913$18,322,0822Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$2,300,71544%2,491-523$924$29,003,9303Sony / Columbia
9Sinister$2,131,15923%2,347-195$908$38,315,7863Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$1,705,35128%3,014--$566$3,041,1391Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$1,689,15525%1,999-661$845$50,390,7135Universal
12Frankenweenie$1,044,35672%1,738-624$601$30,994,3324Disney
13Looper$892,54434%1,189-1034$751$60,971,2375Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$858,6524%2,002--$429$1,685,7021Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$620,11925%1,003-477$618$11,576,7823CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$602,87523%736-9$819$10,900,1816Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$134,77332%290-461$465$38,460,3856Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$130,55624%420-505$311$34,591,3586Warner Bros.
4The Master$118,50956%201-211$590$15,144,6457Weinstein Company
5The Dark Knight Rises$117,25648%291-54$403$447,090,75915Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,49982%280112$380$54,854,55411Focus
7Arbitrage$80,80370%125-44$646$7,301,6577Roadside Attractions
8House at the End of the Street$80,47726%302-444$266$31,025,1866Relativity Media
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$63,45386%192-30$330$160,212,50816Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$59,12537%191-41$310$112,972,23512Universal
11The Campaign$51,67328%222148$233$86,543,47712Warner Bros.
12Resident Evil: Retribution$51,37442%19840$259$42,085,3007Sony / Screen Gems
13The Expendables 2$48,33155%17886$272$84,671,97711Lionsgate
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$36,77431%147-798$250$3,178,8383Atlas Distribution
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$28,87183%116-33$249$48,638,71213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$99,25949%2016$4,963$325,3652Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$31,22821%520$601$9,384,12728Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$17,12486%48-12$357$12,874,38223Weinstein Company
4The Possession$15,44528%82-51$188$48,873,9659Lionsgate
5Simon and the Oaks$13,97772%147$998$68,2013The Film Arcade
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,366-9%300$412$21,139,67082Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lawless$11,94424%96-88$124$37,330,6499Weinstein Company
8Dredd 3D$8,71242%72-88$121$13,394,8816Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$6,14141%65-103$94$5,260,3835Fox
10The Other Dream Team$4,27316%141$305$115,9625The Film Arcade
11Moonrise Kingdom$4,21743%15-14$281$45,505,47923Focus
12War of the Buttons (2012)$2,14218%8-27$268$37,2153Weinstein Company
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,500-21%4--$375$55,4324Roadside Attractions
14Gayby$76449%10$764$10,6773The Film Collaborative
15Husbands In Goa$600--1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
16Barfi!$158--1-9$158$2,804,8047UTV Communications