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, Jan. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,000,000--3,372--$5,635$19,000,0001Paramount
2Mama$12,860,000-55%2,68235$4,795$48,647,4402Universal
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,000,000-7%2,641118$3,786$69,464,62711Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$9,800,000-38%2,929-17$3,346$69,903,8476Sony / Columbia
5Parker$7,000,000--2,224--$3,147$7,000,0001FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$5,005,000-35%2,007-509$2,494$146,294,8265Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$5,000,000--2,023--$2,472$5,000,0001Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,200,000-51%2,590-513$1,622$39,646,8673Warner Bros.
9Broken City$4,000,000-52%2,6222$1,526$15,269,9892Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$3,900,000-48%2,210-369$1,765$137,225,1505Universal
11Lincoln$3,874,000-29%1,909-265$2,029$167,061,83412Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$3,351,560-59%2,002-158$1,674$35,547,5413Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,310,000-46%1,675-648$1,976$293,248,4707Warner Bros. / New Line
14Parental Guidance$2,525,000-41%1,736-601$1,454$70,867,8135Fox
15The Last Stand$2,100,000-67%2,9130$721$10,633,9452Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,650,000-21%941-315$2,816$103,490,36010Fox
2The Impossible$1,980,000-20%782-104$2,532$13,341,7556Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,825,000-19%635-121$2,874$117,581,42716Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,149,000278%163131$7,049$1,689,8293Weinstein Company
5Jack Reacher$885,000-60%888-819$997$78,238,0936Paramount
6This is 40$745,000-63%504-728$1,478$66,348,7906Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$716,000-45%588-724$1,218$182,468,76113Disney
8Rise of The Guardians$371,000-34%305-169$1,216$100,212,52910Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$280,000-54%352-290$795$36,251,4546Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$248,877-41%144-50$1,728$5,303,2468Focus
11Flight$220,000-23%263-37$837$93,457,74113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$206,000-38%216-90$954$291,060,95511Lionsgate / Summit
13Texas Chainsaw 3D$145,000-89%285-1189$509$34,002,7074Lionsgate
14Rust and Bone$128,180-43%116-52$1,105$1,709,15810Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$480,96929%6428$7,515$1,814,8776Sony Pictures Classics
2Anna Karenina (2012)$102,774-37%98-19$1,049$12,425,96311Focus
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$86,000-60%96-169$896$12,368,9166Paramount
4The Master$71,000307%3723$1,919$16,128,74520Weinstein Company
5Pitch Perfect$41,000-41%91-34$451$64,965,09318Universal
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$31,000-40%56-17$554$17,715,05619Lionsgate / Summit
7Searching For Sugar Man$30,4124%26-1$1,170$3,181,22327Sony Pictures Classics
8West of Memphis$22,857187%145$1,633$82,7595Sony Pictures Classics
9Beware of Mr. Baker$21,826--15--$1,455$75,7349SnagFilms
10Holy Motors$18,583--12--$1,549$641,05415Indomina Releasing
11LUV$18,000-78%21-24$857$137,1422Indomina Media
12Yossi$13,208--2--$6,604$13,2081Strand Releasing