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, Oct. 22 - Sun, Oct. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$40,678,424--3,216--$12,649$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$21,313,815-58%3,11130$6,851$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$15,034,916-31%3,27318$4,594$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$12,018,1475355%2,1812175$5,510$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$7,276,972-29%2,92153$2,491$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$7,001,159-25%3,10836$2,253$37,444,0683Disney
7Life As We Know It$6,136,454-31%3,019-131$2,033$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,248,019-23%2,236-266$1,453$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$2,749,090-31%1,918-450$1,433$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$1,748,906-34%1,632-682$1,072$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,244,851-47%1,255-790$992$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$1,072,515-66%1,689-840$635$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$774,5024%290108$2,671$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
2Alpha and Omega$727,103-12%727-242$1,000$23,512,8756Lionsgate
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$677,162-45%560-197$1,209$5,109,1893Focus
4You Again$650,902-46%901-687$722$24,051,0835Disney
5Devil$642,035-34%642-249$1,000$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$551,096-53%445-41$1,238$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Inception$500,14044%452155$1,107$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
8Toy Story 3$472,842-12%3500$1,351$413,485,96519Disney
9You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$432,01657%402284$1,075$1,839,0125Sony Pictures Classics
10Case 39$410,404-66%721-685$569$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
11Despicable Me$370,9557%324-8$1,145$247,519,95016Universal
12Stone$361,14057%11372$3,196$785,1133Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$261,932-68%513-698$511$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$242,523117%303129$800$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$213,494-37%2150$993$767,0653Weinstein Company
16Never Let Me Go$191,244-42%178-54$1,074$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$166,404-21%13923$1,197$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
18Resident Evil: Afterlife$137,502-60%213-225$646$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
19Mao's Last Dancer$126,715-16%102-14$1,242$4,196,12010Samuel Goldwyn
20Takers$119,305-36%150-65$795$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
21Eat Pray Love$102,788-42%174-129$591$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
22Salt$77,609-48%125-75$621$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
23Nanny McPhee Returns$76,450-25%150-55$510$28,995,45010Universal
24Step Up 3D$70,099679%113103$620$42,332,16412Disney
25I Want Your Money$41,789-83%172-365$243$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$303,135196%5544$5,512$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$182,2414%60-1$3,037$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Inside Job$162,57090%2414$6,774$348,3833Sony Pictures Classics
4Buried$57,491-56%88-15$653$885,4545Lionsgate
5Lottery Ticket$55,083-38%92-46$599$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$54,902-29%87-27$631$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
7Under the Sea 3D$52,80214%160$3,300$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Salvation Poem$51,228199%116$4,657$277,8622CanZion Films
9Tamara Drewe$46,114135%2010$2,306$107,0113Sony Pictures Classics
10Howl$41,6097%266$1,600$332,9845Oscilloscope
11The American$32,031-55%76-68$421$35,562,1138Focus
12Carlos$32,01260%75$4,573$60,1392IFC
13Get Low$30,885-44%60-36$515$8,967,03113Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28,415-43%39-38$729$63,143,81215Disney
15Vampires Suck$24,678-42%54-33$457$36,623,44910Fox
16Avatar$24,29954%9-1$2,700$760,375,01845Fox
17Ramona and Beezus$23,733-13%42-12$565$26,122,72314Fox
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$21,620-15%33-11$655$7,563,66816Music Box
19Machete$21,290-54%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
20Enter the Void$18,6159%108$1,862$206,9505IFC Films
21The Tillman Story$18,30548%247$763$715,17010Weinstein Company
22What If...$17,535-10%255$701$672,38610Five & Two Pictures
23The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$17,51766%90$1,946$579,43412National Geographic
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,27051%43$4,318$38,6602Zeitgeist Films
25Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$17,1596303%31$5,720$486,18325Kino International
26Last Train Home$14,84372%148$1,060$192,8838Zeitgeist Films
27Heartbreaker$14,293-18%18-12$794$422,5137IFC
28Anjaana Anjaani$13,393-71%910$147$854,7574Eros
29Jack Goes Boating$12,417-53%35-14$355$453,5956Relativity / Overture
30Like Dandelion Dust$11,932-62%13-18$918$334,5605Blue Collar Releasing
31The Switch (2010)$11,189-47%26-32$430$27,565,18410Miramax
32A Film Unfinished$9,80493%73$1,401$259,33410Oscilloscope
33My Dog Tulip$8,51720%4-1$2,129$91,0558New Yorker Films
34Animal Kingdom$8,259-20%13-6$635$949,43211Sony Pictures Classics
35I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,180-52%8-3$1,023$83,5593Anchor Bay
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,13521%20$4,068$23,349,238160National Geographic
37I Am Love$7,654-16%8-2$957$4,976,21219Magnolia
38Cairo Time$6,006-36%11-13$546$1,571,08112IFC
39Lovely, Still$5,662-37%80$708$116,7647Monterey Media
40Kings of Pastry$5,252-33%91$584$124,3656First Run
41Freakonomics$4,811-55%142$344$78,9014Magnolia
42Soul Kitchen$4,17023%11-5$379$262,50310IFC
43Winter's Bone$3,837-65%18-16$213$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
442012: Time for Change$3,790-67%1-1$3,790$63,5162Mangusta Productions
45The Concert$3,773-34%5-4$755$646,77114Weinstein Company
46Leaving$3,634-49%6-1$606$61,0094IFC
47Mademoiselle Chambon$3,563-50%4-3$891$489,75122Lorber
48The Taqwacores$3,532--1--$3,532$3,5321Strand Releasing
49The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3,472346%5-1$694$10,078,33532Music Box
50Lebanon$3,2749%12-2$273$352,46254Sony Pictures Classics
51Inhale$3,030--2--$1,515$3,0301IFC
52Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,820203%50$564$398,49518Sony Pictures Classics
53I'm Still Here$2,33116%51$466$406,4307Magnolia
54Fool for Love (2010)$2,311-54%4-1$578$162,9397Variance Films
55Piranha 3D$2,248-81%5-23$450$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,197-41%3-3$732$245,1688Music Box
57A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$2,123-41%6-11$354$168,9478Sony Pictures Classics
58Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,922-54%20$961$3,288,69928Producers Distribution Agency
59Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,870-15%1-1$1,870$40,8116Collective Eye
60Douchebag$1,663--2--$832$13,2294Paladin
61Down Terrace$1,662-46%1-1$1,662$8,0122Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,615-50%2-3$808$1,318,04318National Geographic
63Enemies of the People$1,504229%32$501$23,21413International Film Circuit
64The Extra Man$1,378-57%2-5$689$453,07913Magnolia
65Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,249-50%3-3$416$509,5459Music Box
66The Sicilian Girl$1,125111%21$563$67,19012Music Box
67Army of Crime$1,06472%10$1,064$31,29010Lorber
68Cherry$1,023-74%2-1$512$10,1493Abramorama
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$95040%10$950$51,81219The Film Desk
70Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$859-88%4-4$215$119,2797Lorber
71To the Sea$847--1--$847$43,68815Film Movement
72Breathless (2010 re-issue)$366-92%1-4$366$336,17422Rialto
73The Disappearance of Alice Creed$172-73%21$86$166,67112Anchor Bay
74Hideaway (2009)$134-93%2-3$67$29,4507Strand