Grosses

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 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 $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's 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 10.1 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 $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 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 $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 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 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 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 $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 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 $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 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 $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 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 $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 21 - Sun, May. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$70,838,207--4,359--$16,251$70,838,2071Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$26,361,258-49%4,177-213$6,311$251,026,0613Paramount
3Robin Hood$18,769,000-48%3,5052$5,355$66,166,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$9,006,266-33%2,9757$3,027$27,332,5072Summit
5Just Wright$4,290,431-48%1,8310$2,343$14,697,9712Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$4,043,000--2,551--$1,585$4,043,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$2,913,504-24%1,869-612$1,559$90,748,8187Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,321,000-50%2,125-950$1,092$59,968,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$1,901,211-62%1,751-869$1,086$210,990,9189Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$942,930-61%1,079-1418$874$35,919,7075CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$531,018-76%1,369-1326$388$16,131,7844Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$959,329--208--$4,612$959,3291Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$725,266-27%395-148$1,836$5,102,3953Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$537,573-53%561-501$958$41,463,0306Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$484,75710%4118$1,179$332,194,26612Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$446,54921%14138$3,167$2,692,9606Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$423,423-4%234-19$1,810$4,191,60510Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$366,000-70%412-888$888$160,965,0008Warner Bros.
8Oceans$351,178-53%524-449$670$18,524,6655Disneynature
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$342,8375%1780$1,926$6,274,04410Music Box
10Kick-Ass$280,612-48%309-300$908$47,171,9506Lionsgate
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$278,032-28%352-116$790$62,344,36510Fox
12Shutter Island$240,937-18%256-54$941$127,564,14114Paramount
13Hot Tub Time Machine$238,000-22%278-180$856$49,584,0009MGM
14The Last Song$220,028-60%357-445$616$61,641,7568Disney
15Avatar$188,505-44%167-112$1,129$748,821,66523Fox
16The Bounty Hunter$148,123-32%170-123$871$65,258,28010Sony / Columbia
17The Losers$127,000-72%185-516$686$23,082,0005Warner Bros.
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$90,189-27%166-43$543$88,480,61815Fox
19Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$68,134-60%133-148$512$59,808,1028Lionsgate
20The Tooth Fairy$53,553-35%115-17$466$59,903,07718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$291,000-10%480$6,063$6,377,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$236,553-5%534$4,463$1,061,5744Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$202,592-6%43-2$4,711$1,608,4916Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$168,07424%600$2,801$827,6734Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$149,234-20%4714$3,175$426,5122Roadside Attractions
6Solitary Man$94,936--4--$23,734$94,9361Anchor Bay
7Mother and Child$82,38936%3713$2,227$231,4193Sony Pictures Classics
8The Ghost Writer$77,696-34%86-64$903$15,208,52014Summit
9La Mission$61,0009%35-1$1,743$796,0007Screen Media
10Our Family Wedding$50,862-19%84-19$606$20,165,79511Fox Searchlight
11Under the Sea 3D$42,00014%180$2,333$22,105,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Holy Rollers$39,685--3--$13,228$39,68517First Independent Pictures
13Greenberg$33,918-26%47-30$722$4,216,78910Focus
14Casino Jack and the United States of Money$26,44644%198$1,392$95,6033Magnolia
15The Secret of Kells$23,710-1%23-3$1,031$496,71412GKIDS
16Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,028-25%40$5,757$113,8713Kino International
17Chloe$20,0877%24-5$837$2,994,6749Sony Pictures Classics
18Racing Dreams$20,048--33--$608$20,0481Hanover House
19The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$18,983-27%191$999$115,1864IFC
20Letters to God$18,000-31%39-36$462$2,823,0007Vivendi
21The Runaways$17,867-12%30-19$596$3,560,50810Apparition
22Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$17,663-23%14-6$1,262$420,91110Zeitgeist
23Vincere$16,16275%192$851$573,32110IFC
24The City of Your Final Destination$15,000--11--$1,364$254,0006Screen Media Films
25The Square (2010)$13,642-9%12-2$1,137$262,3147Apparition
26OSS 117: Lost in Rio$12,78560%73$1,826$40,17058Music Box
27The Joneses$11,287-57%27-29$418$1,426,5836Roadside Attractions
28Best Worst Movie$10,66230%21$5,331$31,2085Area23a
29The Father of My Children$10,414--1--$10,414$10,4141IFC Films
30A Prophet (Un prophète)$10,286-33%18-15$571$2,047,93613Sony Classics
31180° South$10,269--4--$2,567$10,2691Magnolia
32The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$9,787--1--$9,787$28,9437International Film Circuit
33Broken Embraces$9,037-51%11-9$822$5,009,11927Sony Classics
34Deadfall Trail$8,87019%52$1,774$20,6652Nocturnal Features
35Looking for Eric$8,85631%64$1,476$20,3572IFC
36Crazy Heart$8,443-55%28-22$302$39,455,07523Fox Searchlight
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,57521%60$1,263$23,178,565138National Geographic
38Touching Home$6,700--7--$957$89,0004CFI
39Sweetgrass$6,69987%40$1,675$158,03335Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$6,25514%41$1,564$316,31024Westchester Films
41The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$5,900--5--$1,180$438,00017First Run Features
42The Good, the Bad, the Weird$5,834-61%8-7$729$86,0037IFC
43Two in the Wave$5,676--1--$5,676$8,1001Lorber Films
44The Last Station$5,381-34%10-8$538$6,594,68119Sony Pictures Classics
45The Art of the Steal (2010)$5,347-33%12-5$446$541,02713IFC Films
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$5,309-25%126$442$64,5476IFC
47John Rabe$4,892--3--$1,631$4,8921Strand
48Lbs.$4,062--1--$4,062$27,3019Truly Indie
49Terribly Happy$4,04284%30$1,347$165,08816Oscilloscope
50Madeo (Mother)$3,955-11%9-4$439$512,75752Magnolia
51When You're Strange$3,801-24%30$1,267$229,4007Abramorama
52Daddy Longlegs$3,359-60%21$1,680$15,5772Sundance Selects
53U2 3D$2,722110%10$2,722$10,327,967122National Geographic
54Everyone Else$2,524-49%3-1$841$53,99249Cinema Guild
55After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$2,501--1--$2,501$2,5011Variance Films
56The Oath$2,418-3%21$1,209$18,4603Zeitgeist
57The Girl on the Train (2010)$2,300-24%61$383$199,00018Strand Releasing
58The Living Wake$2,155-44%10$2,155$8,2972Mangusta Productions
59North Face (Nordwand)$1,884-73%3-8$628$704,13117Music Box Films
60Multiple Sarcasms$1,698-35%3-3$566$28,9433New Films International
61The Eclipse$1,688-68%5-2$338$113,8849Magnolia
62Ajami$1,594-82%3-10$531$584,57436Kino International
63The Good Heart$1,440-46%4-2$360$19,9594Magnolia
64Perrier's Bounty$828--1--$828$8281IFC
65The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$653-59%1-5$653$7,689,45822Sony Pictures Classics
66October Country$616143%1-13$616$22,09515International Film Circuit
67A Town Called Panic$475-13%1-1$475$158,06423Zeitgeist Films
68In/Significant Others$275-80%10$275$2,4272Fourth Ward Productions
69The White Ribbon$249-82%2-1$125$2,221,76321Sony Classics
70Happiness Runs$88-97%1-1$88$7,1993Strand