Grosses

'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, Sep. 10 - Sun, Sep. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$26,650,264--3,203--$8,320$26,650,2641Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$5,675,611-48%2,191-15$2,590$47,680,7833Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$5,674,240-57%2,83310$2,003$28,111,3582Focus
4Machete$4,294,120-62%2,6788$1,603$20,916,7092Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$3,788,222-45%3,0300$1,250$13,952,3222Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Other Guys$3,347,995-37%2,246-361$1,491$112,442,4086Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$3,322,853-55%2,731-143$1,217$38,062,3223Lionsgate
8The Expendables$3,223,651-51%3,058-340$1,054$98,466,2645Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$2,928,256-39%2,339-324$1,252$74,660,9645Sony / Columbia
10Inception$2,802,390-39%1,583-121$1,770$282,211,9789Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$2,080,315-41%2,364-344$880$26,281,0454Universal
12The Switch (2010)$2,001,103-36%1,595-290$1,255$25,005,8324Miramax
13Despicable Me$1,657,100-44%1,375-225$1,205$243,531,97010Universal
14Vampires Suck$1,480,909-54%1,670-764$887$35,082,8534Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$743,46571%1,187791$626$299,633,86411Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$1,206,043-44%905-405$1,333$22,613,6694Warner Bros.
2Get Low$864,834-28%529-31$1,635$6,912,9377Sony Pictures Classics
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$820,140-47%619-188$1,325$30,438,3155Universal
4Toy Story 3$761,996-61%712-808$1,070$409,976,03713Disney
5Avatar$731,178-68%436-376$1,677$759,562,77839Fox
6Piranha 3D$700,750-71%825-964$849$24,337,1684Weinstein Company
7Salt$630,059-50%484-221$1,302$116,451,6218Sony / Columbia
8Flipped$481,438846%442414$1,089$1,264,5156Warner Bros.
9Dinner for Schmucks$480,239-53%536-268$896$71,832,7757Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$404,693-13%425-30$952$42,672,8877Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups$380,002-37%339-44$1,121$160,678,10512Sony / Columbia
12Step Up 3D$347,557-56%260-174$1,337$41,796,9946Disney
13Mao's Last Dancer$341,9411%1027$3,352$2,225,0574Samuel Goldwyn
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$305,830-32%312-45$980$62,164,6119Disney
15The Kids Are All Right$261,057-34%218-21$1,198$20,241,94810Focus
16Ramona and Beezus$183,885-31%275-30$669$25,523,8398Fox
17The Girl Who Played With Fire$182,263-23%148-9$1,232$6,910,66010Music Box
18The Last Airbender$182,102-43%220-37$828$131,396,88811Paramount
19Winter's Bone$135,43515%11020$1,231$5,808,90114Roadside Attractions
20Legendary$126,964--177--$717$126,9641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21The Karate Kid (2010)$125,789-49%168-59$749$176,464,96514Sony / Columbia
22Charlie St. Cloud$106,365-31%190-30$560$31,136,9507Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$628,137--62--$10,131$628,1371Eros
2Hubble 3D$180,588-35%60-63$3,010$15,385,26326Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cairo Time$155,692-10%6712$2,324$1,106,2256IFC
4We Are Family$115,754-61%780$1,484$526,6302UTV Communications
5Animal Kingdom$110,171-1%615$1,806$718,8735Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm Still Here$96,658--19--$5,087$96,6581Magnolia
7What If...$85,086-20%8213$1,038$439,5264Five & Two Pictures
8The Tillman Story$83,970-38%251$3,359$422,2754Weinstein Company
9I Am Love$56,129-12%40-9$1,403$4,770,29113Magnolia
10Knight and Day$54,489-60%93-49$586$76,307,71612Fox
11Heartbreaker$52,628--3--$17,543$52,6281IFC
12Predators$51,929-48%86-25$604$51,856,23610Fox
13Fool for Love (2010)$49,313--8--$6,164$49,3131Variance Films
14Mesrine: Killer Instinct$49,228-46%29-5$1,698$413,9583Music Box
15The Romantics$45,527--2--$22,764$45,5271Four of a Kind
16Lebanon$39,45126%214$1,879$249,20648Sony Pictures Classics
17Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$39,041-48%28-3$1,394$166,4922Music Box
18The Concert$38,991-13%19-1$2,052$503,1878Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$29,550-54%15-1$1,970$24,159,66783Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Restrepo$29,542-1%374$798$1,220,90112National Geographic
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$28,5014%138$2,192$70,5772Sony Pictures Classics
22La Soga$28,230224%72$4,033$193,65557-57 Releasing
23Mademoiselle Chambon$27,226986%116$2,475$342,80416Lorber
24Soul Kitchen$25,829-41%172$1,519$160,5444IFC
25Bran Nue Dae$23,527--16--$1,470$23,5271Freestyle Releasing
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$23,307-39%191$1,227$457,7976National Geographic
27Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$23,217-57%45-48$516$90,736,65116Disney
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$17,57113%262$676$1,649,05814Sony Pictures Classics
29The A-Team$17,173-71%31-23$554$77,213,48914Fox
30Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$17,034--3--$5,678$17,0341Lorber
31Cyrus$15,6355%260$601$7,399,81113Fox Searchlight
32The Extra Man$14,444-39%17-11$850$399,4147Magnolia
33Exit Through the Gift Shop$14,00923%61$2,335$3,238,65122Producers Distribution Agency
34The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$13,790-23%284$493$10,038,09226Music Box
35Last Train Home$13,748-33%21$6,874$43,8152Zeitgeist Films
36Ahead of Time$12,790--1--$12,790$12,7901Vitagraph
37My Dog Tulip$12,64810%10$12,648$37,4862New Yorker Films
38Micmacs$11,186-5%16-6$699$1,228,32816Sony Classics
39Hideaway (2009)$11,124--4--$2,781$11,1241Strand
40Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,792--4--$2,698$296,91616Rialto
41Marmaduke$9,864-74%24-21$411$33,643,46115Fox
42The Sicilian Girl$9,2481072%31$3,083$33,5606Music Box
43The Trial$8,957--1--$8,957$8,9571Whitlow Films
44Life During Wartime$8,62536%168$539$268,6398IFC
45Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$7,353-45%5-2$1,471$206,3498Arthouse Films
46Agora$7,344-44%60$1,224$590,84816Newmarket
47The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$7,2314%186$402$6,359,83122Sony Pictures Classics
48A Film Unfinished$7,168-50%3-2$2,389$135,9374Oscilloscope
49Logan$7,137--1--$7,137$7,1371Real Bean
50Countdown to Zero$6,813574%61$1,136$261,4158Magnolia
51Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,67031%2011$334$370,90612Sony Pictures Classics
52Winnebago Man$6,34136%92$705$147,02710Kino International
53Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$6,078--1--$6,078$6,0781Lorber
54Centurion$4,847-83%6-13$808$115,1163Magnolia
55Lovely, Still$4,584--2--$2,292$18,0481Monterey Media
56The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,380-51%4-2$1,095$153,9546Anchor Bay
57Solitary Man$4,349-57%9-15$483$4,347,74517Anchor Bay
58Change of Plans$4,104-56%20$2,052$44,2313IFC
59Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$3,748-51%10-6$375$2,927,97214IFC
60Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$3,3343689%10$3,334$15,8445First Run Features
61Mother and Child$2,468153%64$411$1,103,09119Sony Pictures Classics
62Princess Kaiulani$2,35024%30$783$880,69118Roadside Attractions
63Spoken Word$2,267-11%20$1,134$30,0038Variance
64White Wedding (2009)$2,249-62%2-2$1,125$10,9082Dada Films
65Everyone Else$2,090568%21$1,045$95,91765Cinema Guild
66Please Give$2,051-3%4-9$513$4,024,53620Sony Pictures Classics
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,748-46%2-1$874$367,67619Kino International
68The Little Traitor$1,45414%10$1,454$376,27740Westchester Films
69The Milk of Sorrow$1,438-52%1-1$1,438$8,5183Olive Films
70Best Worst Movie$1,359--1--$1,359$103,19421Area23a
71Ondine$1,216-82%1-2$1,216$544,53228Magnolia
72Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,141-20%10$1,141$23,296,284154National Geographic
73Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,134-60%20$567$55,89212Kino International
74Army of Crime$913-71%1-1$913$27,7414Lorber
75Circle$651--1--$651$8,0603Indican Pictures
76Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$627--1--$627$47,35013The Film Desk
77Around a Small Mountain$608--2--$304$26,11910Cinema Guild
78Sweetgrass$135--1--$135$203,98951Cinema Guild