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. 24 - Sun, Sep. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$19,011,188--3,565--$5,333$19,011,1881Fox
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,112,211--3,575--$4,507$16,112,2111Warner Bros.
3The Town$15,605,171-34%2,88524$5,409$48,692,0722Warner Bros.
4Easy A$10,600,497-40%2,8560$3,712$32,714,2152Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$8,407,513--2,548--$3,300$8,407,5131Disney
6Devil$6,605,960-46%2,8112$2,350$21,859,4252Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,954,791-50%2,642-567$1,875$52,073,5883Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$4,735,271-48%2,6250$1,804$15,164,9442Lionsgate
9Takers$1,622,302-46%1,413-726$1,148$54,885,1755Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$992,812-50%1,047-780$948$116,966,9818Sony / Columbia
11The American$896,382-66%1,315-1142$682$34,607,3814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$1,247,006-37%907-398$1,375$287,053,29211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$704,613-56%855-813$824$79,040,3087Sony / Columbia
3Machete$642,832-63%682-1022$943$25,733,6774Fox
4Despicable Me$582,585-36%610-329$955$245,514,66512Universal
5The Expendables$564,081-59%852-1002$662$102,070,0477Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$394,275-59%765-813$515$28,226,2256Universal
7The Last Exorcism$344,675-72%707-1306$488$40,773,3015Lionsgate
8Get Low$317,164-42%354-113$896$8,317,4979Sony Pictures Classics
9Toy Story 3$313,847-33%302-173$1,039$411,086,06715Disney
10Lottery Ticket$306,318-51%370-307$828$23,942,2116Warner Bros.
11The Virginity Hit$301,885--700--$431$332,4633Sony / Columbia
12The Switch (2010)$293,433-68%511-647$574$27,207,7666Miramax
13Mao's Last Dancer$273,17615%12224$2,239$3,013,3226Samuel Goldwyn
14Dinner for Schmucks$260,22618%32310$806$72,539,2009Paramount / DreamWorks
15Going the Distance (2010)$248,174-82%475-1532$522$17,538,7204Warner Bros. / New Line
16Grown Ups$234,667-23%265-39$886$161,417,72614Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$213,983-62%415-549$516$36,171,1166Fox
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$198,681-27%267-93$744$43,274,6239Warner Bros.
19The Sorcerer's Apprentice$181,429-24%227-48$799$62,744,18711Disney
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$158,440-55%233-150$680$31,356,4257Universal
21Salt$143,697-54%186-149$773$117,223,00310Sony / Columbia
22The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$124,409-40%224-115$555$300,298,74013Summit
23Ramona and Beezus$111,977-32%191-69$586$25,870,97810Fox
24The Girl Who Played With Fire$85,290-36%111-26$768$7,304,14112Music Box
25The Kids Are All Right$84,025-47%107-62$785$20,654,03112Focus
26Flipped$75,322-58%106-269$711$1,704,6618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$452,58076%5745$7,940$811,2802Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$241,943117%2622$9,306$438,5352Fox Searchlight
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$160,103--6--$26,684$211,4451Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$158,6343%61-2$2,601$15,916,59328Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Waiting for 'Superman'$139,033--4--$34,758$139,0331Paramount Vantage
6Dabangg$134,024-55%680$1,971$1,258,9323Eros
7Buried$100,268--11--$9,115$100,2681Lionsgate
8Heartbreaker$92,902109%4133$2,266$229,0183IFC
9Jack Goes Boating$78,947173%3733$2,134$120,5592Relativity / Overture
10Cairo Time$78,736-27%761$1,036$1,406,8988IFC
11Like Dandelion Dust$77,960--25--$3,118$77,9601Blue Collar Releasing
12Step Up 3D$66,846-55%60-74$1,114$42,173,6638Disney
13Winter's Bone$56,558-37%79-22$716$6,049,87116Roadside Attractions
14Howl$51,185--6--$8,531$51,1851Oscilloscope
15Enter the Void$43,651--3--$14,550$43,6511IFC Films
16The Tillman Story$40,708-33%27-1$1,508$587,5676Weinstein Company
17Under the Sea 3D$36,603-12%182$2,034$24,279,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Piranha 3D$35,280-77%66-198$535$24,820,2716Weinstein Company
19Avatar$33,844-86%29-100$1,167$760,237,55141Fox
20I'm Still Here$31,996-72%39-81$820$355,7573Magnolia
21What If...$30,849-36%35-15$881$562,7086Five & Two Pictures
22Bran Nue Dae$29,67264%5538$539$88,8543Freestyle Releasing
23A Film Unfinished$28,218529%1613$1,764$178,0336Oscilloscope
24Animal Kingdom$28,195-48%45-12$627$870,6997Sony Pictures Classics
25I Am Love$26,202-39%25-10$1,048$4,886,96815Magnolia
26Knight and Day$25,881-30%45-19$575$76,401,92314Fox
27The Concert$23,5380%18-2$1,308$577,65610Weinstein Company
28Predators$22,923-32%36-19$637$51,948,27412Fox
29Lovely, Still$21,1073%176$1,242$68,3283Monterey Media
30We Are Family$20,865-48%24-54$869$631,2764UTV Communications
31Mademoiselle Chambon$20,708-37%121$1,726$417,65518Lorber
32Last Train Home$20,123-15%91$2,236$101,4194Zeitgeist Films
33Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$19,97746%84$2,497$66,2393Lorber
34Kings of Pastry$19,63229%42$4,908$51,3702First Run
35Fool for Love (2010)$18,159-20%7-1$2,594$112,2533Variance Films
36A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$15,632-37%18-5$868$132,7014Sony Pictures Classics
37Leaves of Grass$15,009-28%63$2,502$41,5162First Look
38The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,712-36%152$914$510,0358National Geographic
39Lebanon$13,606-28%16-7$850$311,63250Sony Pictures Classics
40Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$13,007-39%14-14$929$1,702,86916Sony Pictures Classics
41Soul Kitchen$10,545-57%14-8$753$217,6526IFC
42Restrepo$9,848-46%24-13$410$1,279,95114National Geographic
43The Extra Man$9,668-22%141$691$432,0799Magnolia
44Cyrus$8,181-16%14-5$584$7,437,01415Fox Searchlight
45Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,566-69%10-12$757$480,6645Music Box
46My Dog Tulip$7,38918%32$2,463$60,0504New Yorker Films
47Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,70710%4-1$1,677$3,260,66324Producers Distribution Agency
48The Romantics$6,044-77%6-8$1,007$103,2803Four of a Kind
49Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,015-34%10$6,015$19,9322Collective Eye
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$5,913141%41$1,478$407,28721Kino International
51The Sicilian Girl$5,644-10%61$941$56,2818Music Box
52GasLand$5,528109%21$2,764$21,1842International WOW
53Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$5,491-69%7-13$784$223,9324Music Box
54Winnebago Man$5,336-24%7-4$762$167,30412Kino International
55Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$4,700-31%4-1$1,175$230,12910Arthouse Films
56Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$4,36683%10-1$437$383,99914Sony Pictures Classics
57The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$4,260-32%9-2$473$6,381,94624Sony Pictures Classics
58The Trial$4,22069%21$2,110$19,2463Whitlow Films
59The Other City$4,079-61%1-1$4,079$22,2212Cabin Films
60Micmacs$4,061-18%13-2$312$1,244,34718Sony Classics
61Enemies of the People$4,011267%53$802$18,3339International Film Circuit
62Ahead of Time$3,702-17%31$1,234$29,5893Vitagraph
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$3,592-22%51$718$314,78218Rialto
64The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,468265%20$1,734$115,50025International Film Circuit
65Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,115216%21$1,558$23,302,459156National Geographic
66The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,987-63%10-9$299$10,065,03428Music Box
67La Soga$2,383-63%2-2$1,192$210,62577-57 Releasing
68Solitary Man$2,171-18%6-1$362$4,357,53319Anchor Bay
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,982135%10$1,982$17,73611Flicker Alley
70Agora$1,881-69%2-2$941$605,29118Newmarket
71John Rabe$1,863-51%10$1,863$64,54519Strand
72Picture Me$1,804-73%10$1,804$11,0452Strand
73Centurion$1,793-4%41$448$122,2885Magnolia
74Countdown to Zero$1,602124%82$200$267,59710Magnolia
75Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$1,525-80%1-1$1,525$23,9283Lorber
76Ondine$1,449-23%20$725$548,93430Magnolia
77Best Worst Movie$1,316--1--$1,316$106,27123Area23a
78The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,31264%2-1$656$158,1268Anchor Bay
79Mother and Child$1,000-5%2-3$500$1,107,90821Sony Pictures Classics
80Stonewall Uprising$896--2--$448$122,49815First Run Features
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$822--2--$411$8221First Run
82Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$788-26%10$788$50,00515The Film Desk
83Hideaway (2009)$656-88%2-2$328$24,0383Strand
84Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$459--1--$459$68,61117Indican Pictures
85Princess Kaiulani$433-64%1-1$433$883,88720Roadside Attractions
86The Milk of Sorrow$392-60%10$392$10,3765Olive Films
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$347-59%1-1$347$18,1847First Run Features
88Please Give$242-91%3-1$81$4,029,29422Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$231--1--$231$56,47114Kino International
90Altiplano$190--1--$190$2,2396First Run
91Sweetgrass$100-31%10$100$205,00853Cinema Guild
92Orlando (2010 re-issue)$83-77%10$83$56,75010Sony Pictures Classics