Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Leads on Monday with $1.87MSeptember 23, 2014 12:37 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was down 76 percent from Sunday, which is an early sign of the film having a significant family audience. The Maze Runner has grossed $34.38 million in four days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $28.89 million four-day start of last year's Ender's Game. Fox has already scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second with $0.96 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down a solid 67 percent from Sunday's performance. However, in the bigger picture A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a four-day start of $13.72 million. That places the film 35 percent behind the $21.12 million four-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in third with $0.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey fell 69 percent from Sunday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $12.42 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $15.16 million four-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Sony's No Good Deed took fourth place with $0.59 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 63 percent from last Monday. No Good Deed surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $40.29 million in eleven days of release.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.36 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film fell 74 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.09 million in 53 days and is now just $4.32 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

Dolphin Tale 2 followed in sixth with $0.31 million. Warner's family film sequel was down a steep 88 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $27.24 million in eleven days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $37.79 million eleven-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 1 - Sun, Aug. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$42,666,077-43%4,266-100$10,001$393,755,5573Warner Bros.
2The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$40,458,735--3,760--$10,760$40,458,7351Universal
3Step Brothers$16,505,500-47%3,0940$5,335$63,170,4772Sony / Columbia
4Mamma Mia!$12,614,308-29%3,06272$4,120$87,470,4373Universal
5Journey to the Center of the Earth$6,662,525-31%2,285-403$2,916$72,932,6024Warner Bros. / New Line
6Swing Vote$6,230,942--2,213--$2,816$6,230,9421Disney
7Hancock$5,088,015-39%2,782-527$1,829$215,884,3875Sony / Columbia
8WALL-E$4,602,836-28%2,555-489$1,802$204,080,4756Disney
9The X-Files: I Want to Believe$3,386,334-66%3,1850$1,063$17,018,6752Fox
10Space Chimps$2,720,708-40%2,134-404$1,275$21,973,9673Fox