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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,445,137-6%2,855-392$506$64,333,8813Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,91252%3,4120$304$44,700,4462Paramount
3Sinister$832,70067%2,347-195$355$41,116,9833Lionsgate / Summit
4Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$830,06620%2,933--$283$10,065,1451Open Road
5Hotel Transylvania$825,6384%3,276-108$252$132,458,9915Sony / Columbia
6Cloud Atlas$812,115-21%2,008--$404$12,168,0421Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$687,870-5%2,995-494$230$118,990,7524Fox
8Alex Cross$442,206-7%2,5412$174$20,700,4382Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$430,336-13%2,491-523$173$31,531,8453Sony / Columbia
10Fun Size$286,805-5%3,014--$95$4,891,8661Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$279,860-24%1,999-661$140$52,179,8185Universal
12Frankenweenie$251,46320%1,738-624$145$32,397,3454Disney
13Looper$233,671-15%1,189-1034$197$62,199,3365Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$206,406-19%2,002--$103$2,906,9251Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$177,098-12%1,003-477$177$12,467,1153CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$127,114-17%736-9$173$11,630,8136Lionsgate / Summit
2Trouble with the Curve$40,66726%420-505$97$34,753,3786Warner Bros.
3The Master$38,32324%201-211$191$15,296,3177Weinstein Company
4End of Watch$33,123-1%290-461$114$38,655,1316Open Road
5Arbitrage$25,05041%125-44$200$7,395,1397Roadside Attractions
6The Dark Knight Rises$24,981-6%291-54$86$447,233,92915Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$18,74742%302-444$62$31,096,9186Relativity Media
8ParaNorman$16,271-19%280112$58$54,985,60611Focus
9The Bourne Legacy$16,2356%191-41$85$113,044,81512Universal
10The Campaign$12,435-21%222148$56$86,624,04512Warner Bros.
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$11,933-4%147-798$81$3,239,4253Atlas Distribution
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,01018%192-30$57$160,283,79816Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,507-21%17886$59$84,740,50511Lionsgate
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,581-8%116-33$31$48,669,90213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$27,305-6%2016$1,365$443,4222Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,9459%520$230$9,441,37228Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,71225%300$224$21,166,82682Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,89214%48-12$123$12,899,61923Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,096-32%96-88$32$37,348,9839Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$2,716-24%72-88$38$13,411,1616Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,47747%82-51$30$48,885,5819Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$2,0591%65-103$32$5,270,4065Fox
9War of the Buttons (2012)$1,14649%8-27$143$41,1193Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$1,121-3%15-14$75$45,511,13123Focus
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$41537%4--$104$57,4484Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$15475%10$154$11,3783The Film Collaborative