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, Dec. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,643,37957%3,463-63$2,207$241,539,4754Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,525,54837%4,008-62$1,878$250,209,0353Lionsgate / Summit
3Rise of The Guardians$6,258,906111%3,67219$1,704$44,677,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$5,882,01146%2,0180$2,915$80,112,1474Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,351,65561%2,9281$1,828$45,035,1652Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,317,975100%3,087-172$1,075$156,209,7705Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,906,02641%2,78156$1,045$29,740,1912FilmDistrict
8Killing Them Softly$2,717,5688%2,424--$1,121$5,234,4651Weinstein Company
9Flight$2,046,91456%2,603-35$786$80,345,1055Paramount
10The Collection$1,201,1234%1,403--$856$2,359,1861LD Entertainment
11Argo$959,39669%1,043-212$920$100,506,8188Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,378,59551%3714$3,716$9,939,7293Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$955,30354%384318$2,488$3,438,8353Focus
3Talaash$734,39551%174--$4,221$1,219,1711Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$220,73053%496-267$445$137,060,3249Fox
5Pitch Perfect$177,51538%403-89$440$63,018,44810Universal
6The Sessions$151,60463%226-289$671$4,493,2287Fox Searchlight
7Here Comes the Boom$108,14165%334-156$324$42,301,1838Sony / Columbia
8Cloud Atlas$102,07251%194-64$526$26,107,5726Warner Bros.
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$94,25140%189-53$499$16,590,24111Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$87,05843%280-13$311$65,862,92510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$66,692133%248-216$269$143,650,86310Sony / Columbia
12Seven Psychopaths$43,60946%16280$269$14,749,9928CBS Films
13The Man With the Iron Fists$43,50043%174-31$250$15,357,8955Universal
14ParaNorman$27,906139%104-30$268$55,852,72816Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,806141%102-7$253$160,868,75421Fox
16Alex Cross$24,14865%114-30$212$25,471,8747Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,03261%124-66$186$17,451,8696Open Road
18Fun Size$22,17191%116-28$191$9,347,9816Paramount
19House at the End of the Street$21,14674%108-30$196$31,540,90311Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$15,55332%100-40$156$35,713,97011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$181,08769%5033$3,622$667,4192Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$39,24459%74-14$530$848,1305Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$34,873227%161$2,180$159,7572Warner Bros.
4Hecho en Mexico$27,97619%12--$2,331$51,5591Lionsgate / Pantelion
5To the Arctic 3D$20,77913%520$400$10,039,18433Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,08863%300$636$21,422,76887Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Dark Knight Rises$18,77155%80-28$235$448,083,82920Warner Bros.
8Sinister$18,68053%88-39$212$47,760,2438Lionsgate / Summit
9Chasing Mavericks$18,29843%7919$232$5,820,2366Fox
10Paranormal Activity 4$11,78439%70-38$168$53,712,0397Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,102166%52-7$214$48,956,35718Fox
12End of Watch$9,94763%24-10$414$39,219,79811Open Road
13The Master$7,55947%23-2$329$15,868,53912Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$7,47437%35-13$214$7,843,88212Roadside Attractions
15Silent Night$3,90216%11--$355$7,1611Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$3,30558%19-7$174$13,039,92028Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$2,68663%7-1$384$126,1485Weinstein Company