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 Tue, Dec. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,506,46134%3,463-63$435$248,219,2804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,442,03719%4,008-62$360$257,255,3793Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,330,71050%2,9281$454$50,732,0102Fox
4Lincoln$1,316,73925%2,0180$652$85,934,5464Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$777,40337%3,67219$212$50,179,0042Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$703,54227%2,424--$290$8,070,7921Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$507,65723%2,78156$183$32,191,7432FilmDistrict
8Flight$473,33131%2,603-35$182$82,301,2475Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$403,47331%3,087-172$131$158,897,0535Disney
10The Collection$236,3982%1,403--$168$3,572,3531LD Entertainment
11Argo$194,91733%1,043-212$187$101,332,1688Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$306,18231%3714$825$11,279,2673Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$272,78827%384318$710$4,593,9313Focus
3Talaash$120,24970%174--$691$1,828,9121Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$40,86130%226-289$181$4,654,4587Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$40,39717%496-267$81$137,238,4739Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,09016%403-89$75$63,155,34310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$27,73327%194-64$143$26,231,0706Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,78311%189-53$105$16,678,65111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,83664%16280$98$14,803,5648CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$15,57548%174-31$90$15,412,6155Universal
11Alex Cross$5,30026%114-30$46$25,494,7457Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,178-2%124-66$42$17,476,6116Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$4,13946%100-40$41$35,728,03411Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56028%102-7$35$160,890,40121Fox
15ParaNorman$3,467-4%104-30$33$55,879,91016Focus
16House at the End of the Street$3,061-8%108-30$28$31,558,16711Relativity Media
17Fun Size$2,741-3%116-28$24$9,368,2216Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$49,03432%5033$981$873,8502Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,49176%520$221$10,069,33433Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$11,15712%74-14$151$898,6135Entertainment One / RKO
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$5,179357%161$324$183,1612Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,14745%300$172$21,440,94587Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,81821%88-39$55$47,778,6698Lionsgate / Summit
7Hecho en Mexico$4,690-13%12--$391$86,2231Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Chasing Mavericks$3,9128%7919$50$5,839,6206Fox
9End of Watch$3,37830%24-10$141$39,232,44011Open Road
10The Master$3,25929%23-2$142$15,879,01112Weinstein Company
11The Dark Knight Rises$3,2080%80-28$40$448,100,21620Warner Bros.
12Arbitrage$2,588-15%35-13$74$7,856,66912Roadside Attractions
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,4521%70-38$35$53,722,7787Paramount
14Silent Night$1,218-3%11--$111$12,2521Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$1,00682%7-1$144$129,9565Weinstein Company
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91253%52-7$18$48,965,06918Fox
17The Intouchables$5933%19-7$31$13,044,27128Weinstein Company