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, Jan. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,734,25621%3,372--$514$22,859,3851Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$987,63838%2,641118$374$70,610,77711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$780,26222%2,929-17$266$71,224,2646Sony / Columbia
4Mama$765,7108%2,68235$285$50,352,0202Universal
5Parker$704,88330%2,224--$317$8,255,5061FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$485,06920%2,007-509$242$147,126,7755Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$451,37026%2,590-513$174$40,533,7813Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$443,09029%2,210-369$200$138,331,8455Universal
9Broken City$432,26140%2,6222$165$16,030,1262Fox
10Lincoln$381,83731%1,909-265$200$167,724,83712Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$379,78114%2,023--$188$5,517,4921Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$268,17312%1,675-648$160$293,831,1387Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Stand$231,46028%2,9130$79$11,096,3452Lionsgate
14A Haunted House$220,0132%2,002-158$110$35,876,2673Open Road
15Parental Guidance$153,923-2%1,736-601$89$71,156,6645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$242,54631%941-315$258$103,855,76210Fox
2Argo$218,42223%635-121$344$117,964,45516Warner Bros.
3The Impossible$183,44834%782-104$235$13,617,3086Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$168,50240%163131$1,034$1,988,4103Weinstein Company
5Race 2$81,11171%153--$530$1,013,3971UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$68,9988%888-819$78$78,306,4996Paramount
7This is 40$65,91037%507-725$130$66,437,8006Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$36,195-22%588-724$62$182,567,30313Disney
9The Guilt Trip$31,81342%352-290$90$36,294,2026Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$28,67720%144-50$199$5,364,5398Focus
11Rise of The Guardians$21,158-21%305-169$69$100,260,94710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Flight$20,91011%263-37$80$93,490,88613Paramount
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,915-6%216-90$78$291,110,57411Lionsgate / Summit
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,2952%205-44$55$44,559,83710FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,87414%285-1189$35$34,012,4854Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,6606%124-32$38$139,770,32017Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$17,27339%98-19$176$12,463,13611Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,75810%96-169$112$12,396,7416Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$10,544-11%520$203$11,002,13941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$8,123-8%3723$220$16,145,09220Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,483-47%620$88$5,877,40615Fox Searchlight
6Hitchcock$5,41334%90-32$60$5,866,96610Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,3655%300$112$21,834,06795Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Pitch Perfect$2,695-1%91-34$30$64,972,28318Universal
9A Late Quartet$2,63025%10-4$263$1,476,53113Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,5076%56-17$45$17,718,71219Lionsgate / Summit
11LUV$1,817-22%21-24$87$143,1162Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,57460%35-23$45$12,955,1418FilmDistrict