'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. 28 - Sun, May. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$43,311,063-39%4,3678$9,918$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$31,002,000--3,445--$8,999$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30,095,259--3,646--$8,254$30,095,2591Disney
4Iron Man 2$16,458,990-38%3,804-373$4,327$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$10,406,000-45%3,373-132$3,085$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$5,833,772-35%2,825-150$2,065$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$2,156,578-50%1,195-636$1,805$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$1,817,755-38%1,126-743$1,614$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$1,566,000-61%2,546-5$615$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Train Your Dragon$1,150,834-39%825-926$1,395$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$923,000-60%891-1234$1,036$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$586,93921%341-70$1,721$333,017,13913Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$457,6842%15514$2,953$3,332,7887Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$411,875-3%201-33$2,049$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$377,52410%164-14$2,302$6,814,03811Music Box
8The Back-up Plan$291,182-69%391-688$745$36,526,4956CBS Films
9The Bounty Hunter$275,07686%287117$958$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
10Kites$261,033-73%176-32$1,483$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$252,248-9%283-69$891$62,687,11611Fox
12Hot Tub Time Machine$223,000-6%36486$613$49,945,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,000-40%225-187$982$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$218,976-59%247-314$887$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$209,029-5%214-143$977$61,932,8729Disney
16Furry Vengeance$179,748-66%247-1122$728$16,464,3035Summit
17Shutter Island$169,369-30%201-55$843$127,811,97415Paramount
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$112,44865%17744$635$59,944,3699Lionsgate
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$60,971-32%108-58$565$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$326,00012%480$6,792$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$200,438-15%50-3$4,009$1,339,8925Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$175,054-14%463$3,806$1,884,2317Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$130,920-22%54-6$2,424$1,028,8185Samuel Goldwyn
6The Losers$103,000-19%83-102$1,241$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
7Princess Kaiulani$88,878-40%38-9$2,339$593,4673Roadside Attractions
8Solitary Man$84,279-11%62$14,047$216,8352Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$73,011-6%58-28$1,259$15,311,66915Summit
10Holy Rollers$55,44240%2017$2,772$109,57218First Independent Pictures
11Mother and Child$55,189-33%33-4$1,672$319,5084Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$47,00012%180$2,611$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Survival of the Dead$43,757--20--$2,188$43,7571Magnolia / Magnet
14Micmacs$42,751--4--$10,688$42,7511Sony Classics
16La Mission$33,000-46%25-10$1,320$852,0008Screen Media
17Breathless (2010 re-issue)$32,200--4--$8,050$32,2001Rialto
18The Father of My Children$31,419202%54$6,284$44,9052IFC Films
19The Tooth Fairy$30,399-43%76-39$400$59,954,88619Fox
20The Secret of Kells$25,4307%252$1,017$533,18813GKIDS
21Our Family Wedding$23,679-53%52-32$455$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
22The City of Your Final Destination$23,00053%143$1,643$285,0007Screen Media Films
23Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$21,31521%12-2$1,776$450,24811Zeitgeist
24Casino Jack and the United States of Money$20,888-21%212$995$129,6024Magnolia
25Mademoiselle Chambon$16,770--2--$8,385$16,7701Lorber
26The Square (2010)$16,73023%153$1,115$284,1548Apparition
27The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$11,860-38%14-5$847$133,6065IFC
28The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$11,79621%10$11,796$48,9288International Film Circuit
29Madeo (Mother)$10,460164%123$872$524,65053Magnolia
30The Good, the Bad, the Weird$9,41761%135$724$99,6688IFC
31The Little Traitor$8,42335%40$2,106$326,68825Westchester Films
32Chloe$7,766-61%18-6$431$2,012,41310Sony Pictures Classics
33A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$7,533-27%14-4$538$2,060,77714Sony Classics
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,128-6%60$1,188$23,195,091139National Geographic
36Looking for Eric$6,903-22%82$863$31,6943IFC
37Deadfall Trail$6,295-29%50$1,259$31,5903Nocturnal Features
38180┬░ South$5,566-46%40$1,392$23,1272Magnolia
39Best Worst Movie$5,187-51%20$2,594$40,4816Area23a
40Racing Dreams$4,517-77%8-25$565$27,7932Hanover House
41John Rabe$4,288-12%41$1,072$11,9132Strand
42The Eclipse$4,201149%50$840$118,46310Magnolia
43OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,025-69%3-4$1,342$48,78659Music Box
44Letters to God$3,700-79%14-25$264$2,837,0008Vivendi
45The Runaways$3,163-82%11-19$288$3,570,62011Apparition
46The Joneses$3,137-72%8-19$392$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions
47Crazy Heart$3,100-63%7-21$443$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
48No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,082-42%7-5$440$69,0347IFC
49The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$3,035-49%50$607$443,05418First Run Features
50Sweetgrass$2,866-57%3-1$955$163,45036Cinema Guild
51Daddy Longlegs$2,020-40%20$1,010$20,2313Sundance Selects
52Terribly Happy$1,604-60%30$535$167,97817Oscilloscope
53After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,513-40%21$757$5,1802Variance Films
54A Town Called Panic$85881%10$858$160,53624Zeitgeist Films
55North Face (Nordwand)$735-61%1-2$735$707,78918Music Box Films
56Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$568--4--$142$15,7963Cinema Purgatorio
57October Country$541-12%10$541$22,63616International Film Circuit
58U2 3D$390-86%10$390$10,328,890123National Geographic
59The Girl on the Train (2010)$367-84%2-4$184$201,70519Strand Releasing
60The Last Station$336-94%3-7$112$6,606,65420Sony Pictures Classics
61The White Ribbon$230-8%1-1$230$2,222,63222Sony Classics