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, Jan. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,354,4674%2,9372877$3,185$23,869,4764Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$7,537,70611%2,160--$3,490$14,329,8291Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,214,654-7%3,103--$2,003$12,929,5371Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$4,641,65235%3,0122$1,541$122,418,4163Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$4,229,51548%2,92723$1,445$116,162,0603Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,190,66478%3,012-743$1,391$275,583,9075Warner Bros. / New Line
7Parental Guidance$2,876,05470%2,957-411$973$59,115,4923Fox
8Lincoln$2,764,31449%2,027126$1,364$150,879,74710Disney / DreamWorks
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,303,08526%2,6595$866$29,738,0352Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$2,170,74841%2,707-581$802$71,524,0014Paramount
11This is 40$1,972,01537%2,320-611$850$60,479,3554Universal
12The Guilt Trip$872,24846%1,606-706$543$34,032,5964Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$820,348184%1,127-976$728$29,978,6244Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$557,38338%1,647-29$338$6,565,0533Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,182,40446%81065$2,694$39,984,3509Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$1,207,93680%757-208$1,596$93,974,4518Fox
3The Impossible$1,125,41351%808236$1,393$6,186,8684Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$733,53159%823-484$891$298,988,98710Sony / Columbia
5Argo$579,22868%621319$933$111,328,72414Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$513,096218%905-602$567$98,359,7898Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$322,911187%476-233$678$179,157,04011Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$298,15970%542-283$550$290,003,2379Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$273,66959%24624$1,112$4,035,7366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$207,297110%430-387$482$11,617,0804Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$170,109128%252-15$675$146,527,79716Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$101,40260%144-19$704$11,883,1319Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$97,37366%228-15$427$44,335,01014Sony / Columbia
14Flight$67,76453%150-100$452$92,705,79111Paramount
15Taken 2$67,56759%190-23$356$139,463,64315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$46,97835%225-27$209$44,009,5188FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$46,21054%154-11$300$64,774,18316Universal
18Hitchcock$42,18158%1279$332$5,628,3978Fox Searchlight
19Cloud Atlas$30,79342%1627$190$27,006,45512Warner Bros.
20The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,62531%1002$286$17,565,17717Lionsgate / Summit
21End of Watch$24,24834%111-29$218$40,963,81517Open Road
22Not Fade Away$19,09282%177-388$108$563,3614Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$13,96331%107-32$130$12,896,2516FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$31,977186%520$615$10,732,41539Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$24,31146%5413$450$5,704,65613Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$21,83885%2--$10,919$33,6541Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,022179%48-5$292$161,230,44727Fox
5A Late Quartet$12,76029%17-6$751$1,400,80611Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,002184%300$367$21,719,75093Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Master$10,796194%164$675$16,001,19118Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$7,52518%31-20$243$14,933,9357Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$3,30483%121$275$13,176,89734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$59053%40$148$7,917,87018Roadside Attractions