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, Oct. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$22,445,653--2,771--$8,100$22,445,6531Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,887,429-32%3,5750$3,045$30,079,2982Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10,002,578-47%3,59732$2,781$35,778,4292Fox
4The Town$9,749,332-38%2,93550$3,322$64,056,7523Warner Bros.
5Easy A$6,748,777-36%2,974118$2,269$42,176,9673Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$5,722,566-32%2,5480$2,246$16,607,6332Disney
7Case 39$5,350,570--2,211--$2,420$5,350,5701Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$5,147,479--2,021--$2,547$5,147,4791Relativity / Overture
9Devil$3,564,055-46%2,392-419$1,490$27,291,4603Universal
10Alpha and Omega$2,924,868-38%2,303-322$1,270$18,949,4373Lionsgate
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,784,775-44%1,907-735$1,460$56,615,1004Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Endhiran$2,166,178--139--$15,584$2,166,1781Ficus
2Inception$904,208-27%625-282$1,447$288,405,37612Warner Bros.
3Takers$784,529-52%773-640$1,015$56,161,3476Sony / Screen Gems
4Catfish$590,17730%13679$4,340$1,621,3493Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$439,850-25%463-147$950$246,091,77013Universal
6The Other Guys$439,411-56%566-481$776$117,697,1209Sony / Columbia
7Eat Pray Love$319,970-55%398-457$804$79,710,0838Sony / Columbia
8Salt$288,116101%288102$1,000$117,562,73311Sony / Columbia
9Mao's Last Dancer$263,534-4%13715$1,924$3,420,3677Samuel Goldwyn
10Lottery Ticket$241,265-21%302-68$799$24,245,4057Warner Bros.
11The Expendables$231,662-59%410-442$565$102,516,7208Lionsgate
12Toy Story 3$229,502-27%235-67$977$411,412,42716Disney
13Nanny McPhee Returns$218,855-44%481-284$455$28,520,9607Universal
14Machete$213,721-67%314-368$681$26,205,1405Fox
15The American$210,428-77%374-941$563$35,202,4715Focus
16Get Low$180,798-43%271-83$667$8,630,58610Sony Pictures Classics
17Dinner for Schmucks$165,760-36%261-62$635$72,810,23410Paramount / DreamWorks
18Grown Ups$162,326-31%230-35$706$161,645,86115Sony / Columbia
19Vampires Suck$146,818-31%261-154$563$36,365,3617Fox
20Chain Letter$138,788--406--$342$138,7881New Films International
21The Last Exorcism$124,000-64%307-400$404$40,990,0556Lionsgate
22Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$120,278-39%188-79$640$43,432,94510Warner Bros.
23The Sorcerer's Apprentice$116,727-36%170-57$687$62,910,31912Disney
24The Switch (2010)$98,190-67%242-269$406$27,422,3577Miramax
25Ramona and Beezus$81,331-27%161-30$505$25,972,32911Fox
26The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69,272-44%141-83$491$300,412,21614Summit
27Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$69,015-56%120-113$575$31,494,2708Universal
28The Virginity Hit$48,623-84%434-266$112$535,2494Sony / Columbia
29Going the Distance (2010)$39,284-84%121-354$325$17,666,4235Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anjaana Anjaani$517,608--91--$5,688$517,6081Eros
2Waiting for 'Superman'$408,873194%3430$12,026$601,6072Paramount Vantage
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$215,13134%2923$7,418$501,6162Sony Pictures Classics
4Never Let Me Go$186,554-23%4317$4,338$723,8733Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$124,087-22%58-3$2,139$16,160,40429Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Jack Goes Boating$99,62026%7942$1,261$271,2013Relativity / Overture
7Buried$97,364-3%3322$2,950$236,4472Lionsgate
8Like Dandelion Dust$77,325-1%5328$1,459$171,8082Blue Collar Releasing
9Piranha 3D$65,84587%9529$693$24,899,7757Weinstein Company
10Heartbreaker$54,919-41%432$1,277$325,7104IFC
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$54,559-36%78-33$699$7,408,46913Music Box
12Howl$53,5345%1711$3,149$125,2812Oscilloscope
13Hatchet II$52,604--68--$774$52,6041Vitagraph
14Winter's Bone$44,851-21%72-7$623$6,122,29117Roadside Attractions
15Cairo Time$44,507-43%71-5$627$1,492,8089IFC
16The Kids Are All Right$43,714-48%64-43$683$20,731,80213Focus
17Freakonomics$31,893--20--$1,595$31,8931Magnolia
18Under the Sea 3D$29,152-20%180$1,620$24,335,25786Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Enter the Void$25,144-42%63$4,191$96,5802IFC Films
20What If...$24,854-19%26-9$956$596,2287Five & Two Pictures
21The Tillman Story$24,338-40%270$901$633,3777Weinstein Company
22Avatar$22,738-33%19-10$1,197$760,277,66542Fox
23A Film Unfinished$21,777-23%160$1,361$212,7047Oscilloscope
24Step Up 3D$21,382-68%26-34$822$42,218,0919Disney
25Predators$20,998-8%4610$456$51,982,03813Fox
26The Concert$20,522-13%213$977$612,36511Weinstein Company
27I Am Love$17,808-32%18-7$989$4,918,23816Magnolia
28Mademoiselle Chambon$16,749-19%153$1,117$450,80919Lorber
29Last Train Home$16,379-19%90$1,820$126,5185Zeitgeist Films
30Fool for Love (2010)$16,368-10%81$2,046$134,4014Variance Films
31Flipped$15,517-79%35-71$443$1,739,1409Warner Bros.
32Kings of Pastry$14,790-25%51$2,958$75,3323First Run
33Animal Kingdom$14,117-50%32-13$441$899,4558Sony Pictures Classics
34Soul Kitchen$13,81831%239$601$237,2367IFC
35Leaving$12,697--2--$6,349$12,6971IFC
36Lovely, Still$12,219-42%11-6$1,111$89,1274Monterey Media
37The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$11,534-16%14-1$824$527,5979National Geographic
38I'm Still Here$11,508-64%19-20$606$386,5754Magnolia
39Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$11,407-43%80$1,426$91,2474Lorber
40Knight and Day$10,287-60%17-28$605$76,418,65415Fox
41A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$9,160-41%191$482$150,1845Sony Pictures Classics
42Lebanon$8,915-34%215$425$330,34251Sony Pictures Classics
43Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$7,91634%73$1,131$430,40122Kino International
44Leaves of Grass$7,750-48%60$1,292$56,7563First Look
45Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$6,842-47%140$489$1,714,12817Sony Pictures Classics
46Restrepo$6,017-39%13-11$463$1,295,36915National Geographic
47The Extra Man$5,388-44%9-5$599$440,42710Magnolia
48Bran Nue Dae$5,255-82%13-42$404$110,0294Freestyle Releasing
49Mesrine: Killer Instinct$4,440-41%7-3$634$489,5936Music Box
50Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,32139%20$2,161$23,311,750157National Geographic
51The Sicilian Girl$3,659-35%2-4$1,830$63,1179Music Box
52My Dog Tulip$3,570-52%2-1$1,785$67,2825New Yorker Films
53Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,421-49%2-2$1,711$3,270,17525Producers Distribution Agency
54GasLand$3,231-42%1-1$3,231$26,5083International WOW
55Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,206-42%70$458$230,0795Music Box
56The Freebie$3,015--1--$3,015$8,3003Phase 4 Films
57Cyrus$2,989-63%6-8$498$7,445,63016Fox Searchlight
58Douchebag$2,966--1--$2,966$2,9661Paladin
59Agora$2,95157%20$1,476$611,74719Newmarket
60The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,57596%31$858$161,3919Anchor Bay
61The Nature of Existence$2,542--1--$2,542$52,79916Walking Shadows
62The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$2,497-41%6-3$416$6,387,37225Sony Pictures Classics
63Micmacs$2,306-43%9-4$256$1,248,46219Sony Classics
64Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$2,26448%32$755$28,2004Lorber
65To the Sea$1,896--1--$1,896$41,06012Film Movement
66Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,722-61%5-5$344$388,88215Sony Pictures Classics
67Countdown to Zero$1,6956%6-2$283$271,32311Magnolia
68Winnebago Man$1,334-75%5-2$267$171,86013Kino International
69Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,298-64%1-4$1,298$319,02919Rialto
70The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,295-63%1-1$1,295$120,30826International Film Circuit
71Ahead of Time$1,113-70%30$371$33,0244Vitagraph
72Please Give$958296%85$120$4,030,50423Sony Pictures Classics
73John Rabe$807-57%10$807$66,38720Strand
74Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$801-87%43$200$23,6893Collective Eye
75Solitary Man$611-72%1-5$611$4,360,54820Anchor Bay
76The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$544-82%4-6$136$10,068,26929Music Box
77Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$53654%10$536$18,7278First Run Features
78Army of Crime$532--1--$532$28,6227Lorber
79Altiplano$515171%10$515$2,7547First Run
80The Girl (2009)$486--1--$486$1,6843
81Enemies of the People$432-89%1-4$432$19,27510International Film Circuit
82The Temptation of St. Tony$421--1--$421$1,7273Olive Films
83Stonewall Uprising$383-57%1-1$383$123,15116First Run Features
84Mother and Child$337-66%1-1$337$1,108,93822Sony Pictures Classics
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$333-83%10$333$19,47612Flicker Alley
86Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$264-42%10$264$68,74818Indican Pictures
87Hideaway (2009)$238-64%0-2--$24,5924Strand
88Orlando (2010 re-issue)$16599%21$83$57,30511Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$110-52%10$110$56,76115Kino International
90A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$84-90%1-1$84$1,4902First Run
91Two in the Wave$50--1--$50$28,80820Lorber Films