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, Jul. 2 - Sun, Jul. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$64,832,191--4,468--$14,510$157,577,1691Summit
2The Last Airbender$40,325,019--3,169--$12,725$57,836,1161Paramount
3Toy Story 3$30,280,024-49%4,0280$7,517$289,106,1933Disney
4Grown Ups$19,049,602-53%3,5340$5,390$77,631,1172Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$10,443,233-48%3,1046$3,364$45,751,8472Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$8,000,259-49%3,109-631$2,573$151,523,5174Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$3,190,024-49%2,153-1089$1,482$69,280,9744Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$1,233,220-61%884-1305$1,395$17,474,8155Universal
2Shrek Forever After$890,166-71%957-1383$930$232,278,6417Paramount / DreamWorks
3Letters to Juliet$822,969102%340-169$2,420$50,945,2748Summit
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$690,501-76%600-1251$1,151$88,144,6716Disney
5Iron Man 2$638,314-56%522-647$1,223$308,292,7779Paramount
6Solitary Man$498,4845%176-1$2,832$2,757,6637Anchor Bay
7Killers$475,307-75%727-1544$654$45,170,6365Lionsgate
8Sex and the City 2$382,173-69%355-546$1,077$94,076,9426Warner Bros. / New Line
9Marmaduke$359,085-63%475-635$756$30,815,1265Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$341,760-28%303-30$1,128$216,156,99415Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$328,860-49%378-291$870$103,913,9358Universal
12Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$328,745-9%11125$2,962$1,478,1824IFC
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$193,144-13%109-25$1,772$9,009,87816Music Box
14Date Night$187,220-22%242-44$774$97,634,50813Fox
15The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$175,225-19%127-16$1,380$5,597,09712Sony Pictures Classics
16Please Give$172,141-38%145-74$1,187$3,436,80810Sony Pictures Classics
17Splice$168,032-30%140-200$1,200$16,539,2425Warner Bros
18Jonah Hex$123,597-92%350-2475$353$9,937,4233Warner Bros.
19Clash of the Titans (2010)$115,116-30%175-51$658$162,916,18914Warner Bros.
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$114,498-19%136-20$842$42,708,95112Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$95,897-22%107-50$896$17,466,37210Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$40,476-49%110-62$368$62,992,95010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$774,472157%7760$10,058$1,492,3463Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$528,877113%8053$6,611$1,096,8133Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$430,329-2%8313$5,185$1,712,2204Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$247,9067%522$4,767$9,678,30516Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$128,56064%4-16$32,140$536,3414Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$104,852-20%81-24$1,294$6,320,62816Anchor Bay
7Exit Through the Gift Shop$62,382-17%31-5$2,012$2,772,13712Producers Distribution Agency
8Micmacs$60,895-23%50-2$1,218$829,5266Sony Classics
9Mother and Child$60,019-37%77-42$779$912,1639Sony Pictures Classics
10Restrepo$58,58765%108$5,859$119,2102National Geographic
11Harry Brown$56,351-14%45-11$1,252$1,685,83110Samuel Goldwyn
12The Bounty Hunter$55,925-44%67-37$835$67,050,02416Sony / Columbia
13Just Wright$53,924-27%95-16$568$21,310,3948Fox Searchlight
14The Back-up Plan$51,721-58%97-50$533$37,358,50511CBS Films
15Ondine$48,202-24%38-1$1,268$341,66318Magnolia
16Under the Sea 3D$44,99933%130$3,461$22,684,01873Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Love Ranch$44,220--11--$4,020$58,6431E1 Entertainment
18The Killer Inside Me$43,413126%1713$2,554$93,9703IFC Films
19Oceans$42,718-45%79-48$541$19,345,90311Disneynature
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$42,375-31%70-35$605$63,789,16216Fox
21Babies$38,332-15%42-22$913$7,279,5239Focus
22South of the Border$34,75761%65$5,793$64,9652Cinema Libre
23The Last Song$33,082-61%79-44$419$62,871,80414Disney
24Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$31,763-19%61$5,294$98,4432Sony Pictures Classics
25Avatar$28,729-36%9-6$3,192$749,596,88729Fox
26The City of Your Final Destination$16,212-20%14-1$1,158$434,99412Screen Media Films
27Let It Rain$12,072-23%50$2,414$61,9353IFC
28Raavan$11,986-87%28-87$428$690,4423Reliance Big Pictures
29Holy Rollers$11,133-14%130$856$279,33823First Independent Pictures
30The Secret of Kells$10,9525%14-1$782$669,39018GKIDS
31God of Vampires$10,395--10--$1,040$10,3951Nocturnal Features
32Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,253-51%9-4$806$590,50216Zeitgeist
33The Nature of Existence$5,918--3--$1,973$9,9273Walking Shadows
34La Mission$5,608-38%5-6$1,122$1,008,45813Screen Media
35Princess Kaiulani$5,542-11%5-3$1,108$836,4718Roadside Attractions
36Agora$5,483-56%2-1$2,742$204,2166Newmarket
37The Square (2010)$5,181-71%5-3$1,036$392,46413Apparition
38Only the Brave (2010)$4,684-25%1-1$4,684$140,0816Indican Pictures
39Alice in Wonderland (2010)$4,684-83%23-42$204$334,183,25018Disney
40Stonewall Uprising$4,305-73%4-2$1,076$66,5143First Run Features
41Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,045-49%2-1$2,023$167,7006Rialto
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,920-11%30$1,307$23,239,650144National Geographic
43Best Worst Movie$3,42431%10$3,424$62,67511Area23a
44Everyone Else$3,286514%32$1,095$72,47855Cinema Guild
45The Lottery$3,227-68%2-1$1,614$41,7444Variance Films
46Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,706139%10$2,706$39,2215Indican Pictures
47The Joneses$2,644-30%1-2$2,644$1,469,63212Roadside Attractions
48Kings of the Evening$2,595-71%1-3$2,595$78,74221Indican Pictures
49OSS 117: Lost in Rio$2,336-49%30$779$80,94764Music Box
50Racing Dreams$2,31294%30$771$49,1627Hanover House
51Only When I Dance$2,183--1--$2,183$2,1831Film Movement
52Sweetgrass$2,073--4--$518$193,92241Cinema Guild
53Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,602-15%73$229$174,9199Magnolia
54Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,597--1--$1,597$25,2693The Film Desk
55Survival of the Dead$1,223-69%4-6$306$96,5576Magnolia / Magnet
56Chloe$1,066-35%30$355$3,073,64515Sony Pictures Classics
57Cropsey$998-41%1-1$998$27,3795Cinema Purgatorio
58John Rabe$994-67%2-1$497$45,9567Strand
59A Town Called Panic$958--1--$958$162,58229Zeitgeist Films
60Behind the Burly Q$541--1--$541$16,65711First Run Features
61U2 3D$250--1--$250$10,335,198128National Geographic
62Small Change (2009 re-issue)$237--1--$237$29,28132The Film Desk