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 Fri, Nov. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$71,167,839--4,070--$17,486$71,167,8391Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$12,252,756136%3,5050$3,496$132,089,8642Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$6,410,5797080%1,7751764$3,612$7,829,4152Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$4,409,934308%3,622-130$1,218$107,577,2243Disney
5Flight$2,522,883159%2,612565$966$55,243,6933Paramount
6Argo$1,120,890142%2,210-553$507$89,073,3706Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$657,451207%2,063-424$319$133,181,8407Fox
8Pitch Perfect$392,695276%1,122-269$350$60,209,0538Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$333,077232%1,350-694$247$40,152,0926Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$210,007136%1,248-1318$168$142,001,6058Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$364,766172%160--$2,280$1,022,9861Yash Raj Films
2The Sessions$257,365351%516388$499$2,160,7995Fox Searchlight
3Cloud Atlas$236,13812%920-1103$257$24,230,0414Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$204,750-1%910-962$225$14,167,7253Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$176,041177%511-96$345$15,163,1459Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$146,661131%789-765$186$47,141,9116Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$125,86869%850-1498$148$53,246,7115Paramount
8Alex Cross$79,29551%535-555$148$24,993,9535Lionsgate / Summit
9Looper$64,21853%214-277$300$64,974,8798Sony / TriStar
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$63,915-33%456-1446$140$16,977,7554Open Road
11Chasing Mavericks$49,56089%198-261$250$5,489,0544Fox
12Seven Psychopaths$44,0673%171-185$258$14,344,1716CBS Films
13Trouble with the Curve$41,61887%272-149$153$35,443,8649Warner Bros.
14A Late Quartet$39,860108%10038$399$412,4523Entertainment One / RKO
15Fun Size$33,27775%388-913$86$9,050,0974Paramount
16House at the End of the Street$27,9761072%17597$160$31,280,3709Relativity Media
17The Dark Knight Rises$26,207142%160-83$164$447,844,06418Warner Bros.
18ParaNorman$24,156191%180-18$134$55,541,73714Focus
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,619190%132-15$149$160,624,57919Fox
20The Campaign$9,22890%101-37$91$86,877,02915Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$120,770--16--$7,548$120,7701Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$87,878--16--$5,492$87,8781Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$24,66984%520$474$9,764,71931Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arbitrage$14,51091%80-7$181$7,722,29810Roadside Attractions
5End of Watch$14,43684%75-50$192$39,088,3949Open Road
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,87552%300$463$21,294,90385Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Master$12,9256%52-36$249$15,751,57010Weinstein Company
8The Expendables 2$8,74860%95-39$92$84,990,78414Lionsgate
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,926265%72-10$110$48,836,42916Fox
10This Must Be the Place$7,25479%154$484$66,9083Weinstein Company
11The Possession$7,01072%81-40$87$49,102,09812Lionsgate
12The Intouchables$3,9051%24-10$163$12,994,25126Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,747106%19-1$92$37,385,29512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,262-26%15-28$84$3,323,1156Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$474--5--$95$148,4376The Film Arcade