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 Sun, Nov. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,078,439-47%4,0700$2,231$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$6,852,423-51%3,52621$1,943$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$5,890,946-40%2,018243$2,919$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$5,395,928-41%3,653--$1,477$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,121,641-39%2,927--$1,750$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,481,106-46%3,259-363$1,068$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,780,539-50%2,725--$1,020$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$1,705,347-50%2,63826$646$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$768,219-49%1,255-955$612$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,056,372-38%367351$2,878$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$181,875-37%515-1$353$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$168,672-58%763-1300$221$136,477,0038Fox
4Jab Tak Hai Jaan$143,154-36%1644$873$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
5Pitch Perfect$118,080-62%492-630$240$62,571,9289Universal
6Cloud Atlas$107,662-35%258-662$417$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$87,562-43%464-784$189$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$86,449-60%490-860$176$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$76,099-52%242-269$314$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$71,055-46%29379$243$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$46,125-46%205-705$225$15,201,9104Universal
12ParaNorman$24,849-35%134-46$185$55,796,57215Focus
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,509-44%190-266$124$17,376,1015Open Road
14Alex Cross$20,285-59%144-391$141$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$19,316-46%144-244$134$9,297,7825Paramount
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,480-47%109-23$160$160,818,56420Fox
17House at the End of the Street$15,688-55%138-37$114$31,488,67410Relativity Media
18Sinister$14,579-64%127-662$115$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
19Trouble with the Curve$14,221-52%140-132$102$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
20The Dark Knight Rises$13,224-54%108-52$122$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
21Paranormal Activity 4$9,313-60%108-742$86$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$247,645-28%6650$3,752$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$65,916-40%17--$3,877$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$36,029-30%88-12$409$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Seven Psychopaths$19,501-49%82-89$238$14,631,3237CBS Films
5To the Arctic 3D$15,596-49%520$300$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$15,105-42%60-138$252$5,771,4535Fox
7The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$13,507-59%15--$900$107,3331Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$9,593-32%48-32$200$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,062-44%59-13$154$48,936,98717Fox
10The Master$8,482-27%25-27$339$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,918-36%300$264$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
12End of Watch$7,892-37%34-41$232$39,191,43110Open Road
13This Must Be the Place$4,317-27%8-7$540$116,2504Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$2,588-3%262$100$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
15Lawless$1,423-31%11-8$129$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,076-41%3520$31$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution