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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,410,000-60%4,008-62$4,344$254,592,5043Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,000,000-52%3,463-63$4,909$246,029,1894Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$13,509,000-47%2,0180$6,694$83,698,4734Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$13,500,000-43%3,67219$3,676$48,947,2532Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,000,000-47%2,9281$4,098$48,361,1412Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$7,020,000-58%3,087-172$2,274$158,256,2635Disney
7Killing Them Softly$7,000,000--2,424--$2,888$7,000,0001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,550,000-54%2,78156$2,355$31,322,7082FilmDistrict
9Flight$4,540,000-46%2,603-35$1,744$81,526,8365Paramount
10The Collection$3,409,224--1,403--$2,430$3,409,2241LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,025,000-48%1,043-212$1,942$101,005,4178Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,341,000-24%3714$9,005$10,990,9813Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,229,678149%384318$5,806$4,091,0293Focus
3Talaash$1,982,913--174--$11,396$1,982,9131Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$470,000-51%496-267$948$137,165,5799Fox
5Pitch Perfect$411,000-43%403-89$1,020$63,123,17310Universal
6The Sessions$328,000-55%226-289$1,451$4,576,8667Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$225,000-47%194-64$1,160$26,163,1176Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$200,000-49%189-53$1,058$16,628,55911Lionsgate / Summit
9The Man With the Iron Fists$103,000-51%174-31$592$15,386,9455Universal
10Brave$95,000-49%181-9$525$237,069,22024Disney
11Alex Cross$58,000-48%114-30$509$25,491,0767Lionsgate / Summit
12ParaNorman$54,769-43%104-30$527$55,867,93416Focus
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$53,460-47%124-66$431$17,467,9916Open Road
14Fun Size$46,000-45%116-28$397$9,360,1756Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$405,53741%5033$8,111$784,4192Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$100,000--20--$5,000$100,0001China Lion Film
3Chasing Ice$94,2624%3013$3,142$348,9464Submarine Deluxe
4A Late Quartet$86,497-35%74-14$1,169$870,6515Entertainment One / RKO
5Hecho en Mexico$78,000--12--$6,500$78,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Searching For Sugar Man$47,902-21%5310$904$2,837,51919Sony Pictures Classics
7Sinister$46,000-50%88-39$523$47,775,3278Lionsgate / Summit
8Holy Motors$35,834-22%254$1,433$333,9257Indomina Releasing
9Rust and Bone$25,823-5%20$12,912$66,1442Sony Pictures Classics
10Samsara$25,00016%253$1,000$2,525,22015Oscilloscope
11Paranormal Activity 4$25,000-53%70-38$357$53,716,7727Paramount
12End of Watch$20,500-36%24-10$854$39,224,24811Open Road
13Beware of Mr. Baker$12,505--1--$12,505$17,0581SnagFilms
14Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,000376%104$1,000$97,9539Oscilloscope
15Brooklyn Castle$4,323-73%4-4$1,081$174,1637Producers Distribution Agency
16The Imposter$2,070-58%2-3$1,035$898,25921Indomina Releasing
17The House I Live In$1,91397%10$1,913$168,9629Abramorama
1828 Hotel Rooms$1,100-23%30$367$16,0434Oscilloscope