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, Nov. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$41,443,147-42%4,070--$10,183$112,610,9861Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,686,99544%3,5050$5,046$149,776,8592Sony / Columbia
3Wreck-It Ralph$8,622,82596%3,622-130$2,381$116,200,0493Disney
4Lincoln$8,606,86834%1,7751764$4,849$16,436,2832Disney / DreamWorks
5Flight$3,943,62456%2,612565$1,510$59,187,3173Paramount
6Argo$1,894,01769%2,210-553$857$90,967,3876Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$960,36246%2,063-424$466$134,142,2027Fox
8Pitch Perfect$566,61044%1,122-269$505$60,775,6638Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$535,12561%1,350-694$396$40,687,2176Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$415,16798%1,248-1318$333$142,416,7728Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$533,01946%160--$3,331$1,556,0051Yash Raj Films
2The Sessions$416,05662%516388$806$2,576,8555Fox Searchlight
3Cloud Atlas$398,96769%920-1103$434$24,629,0084Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$295,75544%910-962$325$14,463,4803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$256,40346%511-96$502$15,419,5489Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$196,88134%789-765$250$47,338,7926Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$171,26936%850-1498$201$53,417,9805Paramount
8Alex Cross$130,78065%535-555$244$25,124,7335Lionsgate / Summit
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$92,03744%456-1446$202$17,069,7924Open Road
10Looper$91,81743%214-277$429$65,066,6968Sony / TriStar
11Chasing Mavericks$78,14458%198-261$395$5,567,1984Fox
12A Late Quartet$73,64985%10038$736$486,1013Entertainment One / RKO
13Seven Psychopaths$71,41562%171-185$418$14,415,5866CBS Films
14Fun Size$58,27875%388-913$150$9,108,3754Paramount
15Trouble with the Curve$55,79634%272-149$205$35,499,6609Warner Bros.
16ParaNorman$52,725118%180-18$293$55,594,46214Focus
17House at the End of the Street$45,20362%17597$258$31,325,5739Relativity Media
18The Dark Knight Rises$41,88760%160-83$262$447,885,95118Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,660112%132-15$316$160,666,23919Fox
20The Campaign$13,07742%101-37$129$86,890,10615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$182,51851%16--$11,407$303,2881Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$129,17247%16--$8,073$217,0501Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$29,31419%520$564$9,794,03331Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$23,46682%52-36$451$15,775,03610Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$23,19960%80-7$290$7,745,49710Roadside Attractions
6End of Watch$20,93245%75-50$279$39,109,3269Open Road
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,561147%72-10$272$48,855,99016Fox
8The Expendables 2$15,52177%95-39$163$85,006,30514Lionsgate
9Born to Be Wild 3D$15,19910%300$507$21,310,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Possession$12,17874%81-40$150$49,114,27612Lionsgate
11This Must Be the Place$11,75962%154$784$78,6673Weinstein Company
12The Intouchables$4,75022%24-10$198$12,999,00126Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,04017%19-1$107$37,387,33512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,80743%15-28$120$3,324,9226Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$1,004112%5--$201$149,4416The Film Arcade