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 Fri, Jan. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$10,098,305--2,647--$3,815$10,098,3051Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$4,534,252148%2,9469$1,539$42,879,0095Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,992,658358%2,5231713$1,186$46,951,92810Weinstein Company
4Broken City$2,948,119--2,620--$1,125$2,948,1191Fox
5Gangster Squad$2,668,724107%3,1030$860$25,778,7842Warner Bros.
6A Haunted House$2,425,001210%2,1600$1,123$24,038,1782Open Road
7Django Unchained$2,189,464109%2,516-496$870$132,308,1994Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$2,050,305116%2,579-348$795$124,608,3254Universal
9The Last Stand$2,032,835--2,913--$698$2,032,8351Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,452,459119%2,323-689$625$282,442,2006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lincoln$1,438,179138%2,174147$662$156,574,25811Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$1,073,092211%2,337-620$459$63,098,2464Fox
13Life of Pi$789,173231%1,256499$628$96,626,4789Fox
14Jack Reacher$644,65273%1,707-1000$378$74,821,9855Paramount
15This is 40$609,84081%1,232-1088$495$63,490,8405Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$392,79345%1,474-1185$266$32,585,7313Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$211,894553%1,312836$162$179,719,19812Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$660,574195%88678$746$8,377,1395Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$576,469179%756135$763$113,098,02315Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$262,50998%507-316$518$300,149,58311Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$173,0868%642-964$270$35,265,6705Paramount
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$132,18041%565-562$234$31,072,6955Disney
6Hyde Park on Hudson$111,82671%194-52$576$4,553,3597Focus
7Rise of The Guardians$103,595122%474-431$219$99,039,9589Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$85,02671%306-236$278$290,465,04910Lionsgate / Summit
9Flight$79,656414%300150$266$92,884,11112Paramount
10Hotel Transylvania$77,646--237-15$328$146,792,28417Sony / Columbia
11Red Dawn (2012)$59,184519%24924$238$44,132,1229FilmDistrict
12Here Comes the Boom$50,168--209-19$240$44,497,93315Sony / Columbia
13Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$43,918-4%265-165$166$11,993,9245Paramount
14Anna Karenina (2012)$42,58938%117-27$364$12,112,48310Focus
15Promised Land (2012)$33,776-75%134-1513$252$7,445,8624Focus
16Taken 2$29,232141%156-34$187$139,577,70816Fox
17Hitchcock$21,09456%122-5$173$5,726,3499Fox Searchlight
18Pitch Perfect$18,125163%125-29$145$64,845,35317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$70,9531002%3230$2,217$143,0302Weinstein Company
2LUV$24,549--45--$546$24,5491Indomina Media
3To the Arctic 3D$15,46188%520$297$10,802,66940Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$13,18988%73-27$181$17,621,12818Lionsgate / Summit
5The Sessions$11,99249%628$193$5,762,41714Fox Searchlight
6Cloud Atlas$7,690-17%58-104$133$27,071,54813Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,99765%300$200$21,747,97894Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,82847%58-49$100$12,923,5647FilmDistrict
9The Master$4,403-2%14-2$315$16,031,33819Weinstein Company
10A Late Quartet$4,244-17%14-3$303$1,430,17412Entertainment One / RKO
11The Rabbi's Cat$2,443--7--$349$9,4237GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,483-78%56-121$26$600,2935Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$684--1--$684$6841Anchor Bay Films