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 Thu, Feb. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe Haven$8,828,918--3,223--$2,739$8,828,9180Relativity Media
2A Good Day to Die Hard$8,239,116--3,553--$2,319$8,239,1160Fox
3Identity Thief$5,371,110163%3,141--$1,710$47,287,7851Universal
4Warm Bodies$2,555,511306%3,0090$849$41,220,5312Lionsgate / Summit
5Beautiful Creatures (2013)$2,542,317--2,950--$862$2,542,3170Warner Bros.
6Side Effects (2013)$1,245,39097%2,605--$478$12,820,8361Open Road
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,234,569142%2,532-277$488$92,374,47213Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$895,229112%2,570-805$348$46,228,7953Paramount
9Mama$725,265219%2,043-738$355$65,480,1754Universal
10Zero Dark Thirty$401,77142%1,866-1005$215$84,928,6688Sony / Columbia
11Argo$341,03957%1,405470$243$124,663,05218Warner Bros.
12Django Unchained$327,08871%1,408-369$232$155,492,9837Weinstein Company
13Lincoln$319,19165%1,158-598$276$174,587,92714Disney / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$162,21345%1,001-299$162$298,884,3459Warner Bros. / New Line
15Bullet to the Head$91,485-46%2,4040$38$8,993,6792Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$268,337101%713-189$376$109,301,90112Fox
2Quartet$222,47486%333131$668$5,576,0175Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$212,20547%903-945$235$144,665,9807Universal
4Parker$121,770-25%811-1427$150$16,556,0243FilmDistrict
5Wreck-It Ralph$111,182113%601-59$185$184,733,85915Disney
6The Impossible$87,79313%523-242$168$17,026,6518Lionsgate / Summit
7A Haunted House$86,012102%913-588$94$39,247,7715Open Road
8Parental Guidance$78,55628%642-838$122$74,663,8607Fox
9Gangster Squad$64,122-15%942-683$68$45,144,5515Warner Bros.
10Stand Up Guys$62,014-8%67011$93$3,055,0572Lionsgate / Roadside
11Rise of The Guardians$43,068307%33831$127$100,959,57512Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$40,909472%25465$161$291,493,50613Lionsgate / Summit
13Hyde Park on Hudson$31,63391%130-14$243$5,913,44810Focus
14Jack Reacher$27,00536%223-227$121$79,205,9858Paramount
15This is 40$26,52060%204-169$130$67,333,4408Universal
16Broken City$22,493-49%194-1592$116$19,404,9124Fox
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$16,985131%15635$109$34,229,0356Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$16,41172%143-148$115$36,743,0798Paramount
19Flight$7,41354%100-100$74$93,772,37515Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,993-9%137-552$44$11,933,8104Lionsgate
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,54271%105-48$53$44,766,91812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$29,008-90%33--$879$2,817,0181Paramount
2Movie 43$14,485-40%35-1988$414$8,760,3143Relativity Media
3Anna Karenina (2012)$14,18525%911$156$12,722,08913Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$10,25580%520$197$11,199,59443Warner Bros. / IMAX
5ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,82818%25--$273$126,1541UTV Motion Pictures
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,654109%300$222$21,939,79697Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Race 2$5,45235%63-76$87$1,549,1843UTV Motion Pictures
8The Master$4,01694%291$138$16,258,72422Weinstein Company
9Lost in Thailand$3,457-4%35--$99$47,2751WAMCR
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,040-37%38-12$80$12,512,8628Paramount
11The Sessions$2,98466%18-11$166$5,942,21317Fox Searchlight
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,74529%81-67$34$13,091,77610FilmDistrict
13Taken 2$1,72563%35-48$49$139,846,09719Fox
14A Late Quartet$1,57424%120$131$1,518,53615Entertainment One / RKO
15Hitchcock$1,374-37%36-8$38$5,934,46512Fox Searchlight
16Pitch Perfect$400-62%10-31$40$65,001,09320Universal
17LUV$165-10%3-5$55$156,9964Indomina Media