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, Jan. 23 - Sun, Jan. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$21,623,214-32%3,1440$6,878$64,923,7252Sony / Columbia
2Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$20,829,446--2,942--$7,080$20,829,4461Sony / Screen Gems
3Gran Torino$16,245,042-26%3,04573$5,335$97,821,6603Warner Bros.
4Hotel for Dogs$12,861,097-24%3,2710$3,932$37,455,5952Paramount / DreamWorks
5Slumdog Millionaire$10,698,23183%1,411829$7,582$56,063,99711Fox Searchlight
6My Bloody Valentine 3D$10,011,847-53%2,5340$3,951$37,686,4022Lionsgate
7Inkheart$7,602,161--2,655--$2,863$7,602,1611Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bride Wars$6,869,377-41%2,621-607$2,621$48,570,1793Fox
9The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$6,085,0489%2,26340$2,689$111,125,9075Paramount
10Notorious (2009)$5,779,004-72%1,6413$3,522$31,873,7072Fox Searchlight