'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.

The Maze Runner debuted with $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.

The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.2 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.

On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 7 - Sun, May. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 2$128,122,480--4,380--$29,252$128,122,4801Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$9,119,000-72%3,3320$2,737$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$6,680,374-37%4,380954$1,525$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$5,448,257-28%2,734-359$1,993$81,002,7255Fox
5The Back-up Plan$5,033,471-31%3,003-277$1,676$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$4,478,107-32%3,0025$1,492$12,100,0642Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$2,503,000-57%2,157-580$1,160$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$2,308,743-44%1,706-565$1,353$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$1,847,000-69%2,450-486$754$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
12The Last Song$1,173,148-48%1,303-973$900$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$712,721-52%582-468$1,225$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$609,264-17%247-22$2,467$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$532,000-53%802-310$663$48,598,0007MGM
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$490,590-4%187-12$2,623$7,790,1818Music Box
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$449,913-54%625-541$720$61,502,2218Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$436,980-46%404-323$1,082$59,391,5046Lionsgate
9The Bounty Hunter$400,092-53%462-429$866$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
10Shutter Island$270,30751%189-61$1,430$126,876,23812Paramount
11She's Out of My League$261,41183%26118$1,002$31,284,0809Paramount
12The Ghost Writer$238,728-32%231-105$1,033$14,880,45112Summit
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$135,089-32%221-44$611$88,186,89713Fox
14The Tooth Fairy$118,750-26%160-26$742$59,713,57616Fox
16Our Family Wedding$78,86819%11921$663$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
17The Crazies$67,000-49%149-48$450$39,018,00011Overture
18Letters to God$59,000-51%112-87$527$2,747,0005Vivendi
19Brooklyn's Finest$31,000-47%113-33$274$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$384,19114%4-41$96,048$1,573,0194Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$292,000-16%48-1$6,083$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Please Give$241,158104%2621$9,275$403,5142Sony Pictures Classics
4Exit Through the Gift Shop$191,9893%3111$6,193$932,4974Producers Distribution Agency
5Harry Brown$144,548-17%4324$3,362$385,8682Samuel Goldwyn
6La Mission$71,000-24%41-6$1,732$612,0005Screen Media
7The Joneses$53,730-61%68-55$790$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
8Chloe$46,735-11%53-15$882$2,929,1277Sony Pictures Classics
9Under the Sea 3D$45,0005%14-2$3,214$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Mother and Child$43,040--4--$10,760$43,0401Sony Pictures Classics
11Cop Out$43,000-62%91-50$473$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
12Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$41,2024%220$1,873$350,1908Zeitgeist
13The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$37,478202%1716$2,205$56,8792IFC
14Crazy Heart$37,025-43%75-43$494$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
15The Runaways$34,226-58%65-57$527$3,487,6908Apparition
16Casino Jack and the United States of Money$28,234--9--$3,137$28,2341Magnolia
17The Book of Eli$25,000-36%61-16$410$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
18The Square (2010)$24,667-42%17-7$1,451$217,6565Apparition
19Remember Me$23,818-46%76-42$313$19,057,0249Summit
20Broken Embraces$23,78520%328$743$4,961,15125Sony Classics
21Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$19,978--2--$9,989$19,9781Kino International
23The City of Your Final Destination$19,000-60%20-5$950$224,0004Screen Media Films
24Magnificent Desolation$19,00012%30$6,333$32,814,000242IMAX
25A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$18,619-48%11-41$1,693$2,000,84911Sony Classics
26The Secret of Kells$16,784-32%22-14$763$429,74210GKIDS
27Multiple Sarcasms$16,025--15--$1,068$16,0251New Films International
28The Good, the Bad, the Weird$15,393-9%105$1,539$47,2935IFC
29The Last Station$15,312-39%3418$450$6,569,23817Sony Pictures Classics
30The Art of the Steal (2010)$12,019-31%0-31--$512,27011IFC Films
31North Face (Nordwand)$12,000-48%24-10$500$680,00015Music Box Films
32Madeo (Mother)$10,808-29%20-5$540$498,16050Magnolia
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$10,000--3--$3,333$10,00056Music Box
34The Blind Side$9,800-51%25-21$392$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
35Ajami$7,743-37%10-5$774$568,18934Kino International
36The Little Traitor$7,600-31%4-2$1,900$291,00022Westchester Films
37The Yellow Handkerchief$7,230--8--$904$311,46711Samuel Goldwyn Films
38The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$7,200-45%90$800$423,00015First Run Features
39The Eclipse$6,355-28%6-3$1,059$101,7687Magnolia
40Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,000-14%60$1,000$23,145,000136National Geographic
41The Oath$5,760--1--$5,760$5,7601Zeitgeist
42Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$5,600-57%26-17$215$219,607,00020Fox
43No One Knows About Persian Cats$4,707-46%72$672$45,2434IFC
44Sweetgrass$4,510--6--$752$144,32733Cinema Guild
45The Messenger$4,222-8%72$603$1,108,68426Oscilloscope
46The Girl on the Train (2010)$4,118-69%5-4$824$190,43616Strand Releasing
47A Town Called Panic$3,33722%30$1,112$154,32321Zeitgeist Films
48Terribly Happy$3,310-34%5-2$662$156,19414Oscilloscope
49The Warlords$3,127-76%6-2$521$127,1596Magnet Magnolia
50The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$3,017203%7-1$431$7,682,71020Sony Pictures Classics
51Breaking Upwards$3,009-25%0-5--$73,1276IFC
52That Evening Sun$2,814-8%40$704$277,52927Freestyle
53Fish Tank$2,764-58%102$276$373,06017IFC Films
54Happiness Runs$2,674--1--$2,674$2,6741Strand
55The Good Heart$2,587-57%4-1$647$12,1652Magnolia
56The White Ribbon$2,416-74%7-12$345$2,215,90819Sony Classics
57Killing Kasztner$2,39631%20$1,198$107,85729Sky Island Films
59When You're Strange$1,703-87%50$341$207,5435Abramorama
60October Country$1,616--2--$808$20,49913International Film Circuit
61Everyone Else$1,578--1--$1,578$42,19447Cinema Guild
62Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$1,315--3--$438$31,02631Strand
63The Headless Woman$806--1--$806$99,77538Strand
64Toe to Toe$762--1--$762$21,26849Strand Releasing