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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$24,230,123--2,808--$8,629$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$16,508,107-59%3,23923$5,097$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$10,729,636-29%3,34976$3,204$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$8,504,163-60%3,13928$2,709$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$6,422,327-47%2,424243$2,649$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$5,005,657-29%3,1080$1,611$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$4,515,105-38%2,767-154$1,632$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$4,055,473-34%2,860-159$1,418$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$1,975,260-28%1,608-310$1,228$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,758,321-46%2,010-226$875$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$1,067,248-39%1,262-370$846$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,831,111504%565510$3,241$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$783,868-37%933-322$840$51,219,7336Fox
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$723,301--123--$5,880$723,3011Music Box
4Devil$523,895-18%635-7$825$33,099,5607Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$515,283-33%33040$1,561$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$444,453-34%477-83$932$5,787,0944Focus
7You Again$425,135-35%673-228$632$24,697,8106Disney
8Alpha and Omega$420,958-42%676-51$623$24,087,3987Lionsgate
9Inception$362,531-28%401-51$904$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
10You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$343,195-21%330-72$1,040$2,360,1956Sony Pictures Classics
11Toy Story 3$305,636-35%337-13$907$413,913,14520Disney
12N-Secure$292,829-47%367-78$798$2,399,1483Freestyle
13My Soul to Take$288,675-73%713-976$405$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
14Despicable Me$268,010-28%33511$800$247,877,10517Universal
15Stone$246,694-32%12512$1,974$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
16The Other Guys$179,388-26%302-1$594$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
17Case 39$177,169-57%406-315$436$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
18Let Me In$166,632-36%378-135$441$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
19Nowhere Boy$131,208-39%153-62$858$988,5334Weinstein Company
20Mao's Last Dancer$117,235-7%1020$1,149$4,385,59511Samuel Goldwyn
21Catfish$97,910-41%137-2$715$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
22Never Let Me Go$91,723-52%126-52$728$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
23Takers$88,688-26%132-18$672$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
24Resident Evil: Afterlife$70,474-49%140-73$503$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
25Eat Pray Love$58,710-43%111-63$529$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia
26Buried$54,156-6%10719$506$970,1016Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Job$184,14913%3410$5,416$602,6984Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,628-18%611$2,437$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Salvation Poem$56,79911%165$3,550$343,3663CanZion Films
4Welcome to the Riley's$42,145--10--$4,215$42,1451Samuel Goldwyn
5Howl$33,966-18%271$1,258$385,0336Oscilloscope
6What If...$33,40991%5631$597$712,08211Five & Two Pictures
7Step Up 3D$33,017-53%84-29$393$42,385,52013Disney
8Lottery Ticket$32,593-41%70-22$466$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
9Under the Sea 3D$31,518-40%160$1,970$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tamara Drewe$28,188-39%13-7$2,168$153,6894Sony Pictures Classics
11Avatar$25,8316%8-1$3,229$760,418,43346Fox
12Wild Target$23,174--4--$5,794$23,1741Freestyle
13Get Low$21,550-30%49-11$440$9,001,84414Sony Pictures Classics
14Machete$20,890-2%56--$373$26,552,5449Fox
15Inspector Bellamy$20,635--2--$10,318$20,6351IFC Films
16Monsters (2010)$20,508--3--$6,836$20,5081Magnolia
17The American$19,511-39%42-34$465$35,596,2279Focus
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$17,521-19%30-3$584$7,594,27417Music Box
19Leaving$16,698359%82$2,087$79,4175IFC
20The Tillman Story$16,402-10%240$683$741,40811Weinstein Company
21Vampires Suck$16,303-34%49-5$333$36,645,30511Fox
22I Want Your Money$14,886-64%59-113$252$425,8993Freestyle
23Cairo Time$14,543142%198$765$1,589,38313IFC
24Carlos$13,367-58%6-1$2,228$81,2793IFC
25Ramona and Beezus$13,265-44%35-7$379$26,141,80215Fox
26Like Dandelion Dust$12,9489%196$681$352,8106Blue Collar Releasing
27Animal Kingdom$12,38850%174$729$966,40812Sony Pictures Classics
28Jack Goes Boating$12,089-3%350$345$472,3947Relativity / Overture
29Heartbreaker$10,368-27%17-1$610$439,5908IFC
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,944-43%90$1,105$593,02113National Geographic
31Waste Land$9,806--1--$9,806$9,8061Arthouse Films
32Piranha 3D$9,802336%1914$516$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
33Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,188-47%51$1,838$60,1493Zeitgeist Films
34Enter the Void$9,017-52%8-2$1,127$230,6286IFC Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,8939%20$4,447$23,366,785161National Geographic
36Kings of Pastry$8,68265%101$868$136,0767First Run
37Last Train Home$7,062-52%9-5$785$207,9389Zeitgeist Films
38The Switch (2010)$6,634-41%17-9$390$27,576,13411Miramax
39A Film Unfinished$5,931-40%5-2$1,186$270,22611Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$5,82052%11-7$529$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
41Mademoiselle Chambon$5,81963%62$970$497,75123Lorber
42Budrus$5,231--4--$1,308$32,8774Balcony Releasing
43A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$5,114141%71$731$175,7309Sony Pictures Classics
44I Am Love$5,022-34%7-1$717$4,987,46820Magnolia
45Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$4,620--1--$4,620$8,1901Variance Films
46The Kids Grow Up$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971Shadow Distribution
47Freakonomics$4,366-9%9-5$485$85,0745Magnolia
48Douchebag$4,307159%64$718$18,1175Paladin
49Lovely, Still$4,171-26%5-3$834$124,7208Monterey Media
50The Concert$3,407-10%61$568$651,54115Weinstein Company
51Soul Kitchen$3,149-24%121$262$268,40811IFC
52The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,597-25%138$200$10,081,30033Music Box
53Lebanon$2,580-21%10-2$258$356,50755Sony Pictures Classics
54Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,308-18%4-1$577$402,32119Sony Pictures Classics
55I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,089-74%3-5$696$89,8214Anchor Bay
56Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,94956%41$487$512,64710Music Box
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,702-23%52$340$248,9089Music Box
58The Sicilian Girl$1,58741%20$794$69,30813Music Box
59Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,333-31%1-1$1,333$3,290,58229Producers Distribution Agency
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,29150%3-1$430$122,2478Lorber
61I'm Still Here$1,258-46%2-3$629$408,7198Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,044-35%31$348$1,322,55219National Geographic
63Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$774--2--$387$21,42316Flicker Alley
64Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$764-59%10$764$41,8967Collective Eye
65Marwencol$722--1--$722$13,6454Cinema Guild
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$622-96%1-2$622$499,41226Kino International
67Eichmann$573--1--$573$5731Regent Releasing
68Down Terrace$570-66%10$570$9,6093Magnolia
692012: Time for Change$560-85%10$560$66,6633Mangusta Productions
70Breathless (2010 re-issue)$53145%10$531$336,70523Rialto
71Around a Small Mountain$525--1--$525$29,21117Cinema Guild
72Cherry$468-54%1-1$468$11,0894Abramorama
73Fool for Love (2010)$423-82%1-3$423$164,2098Variance Films
74Hideaway (2009)$348160%1-1$348$29,9098Strand
75Enemies of the People$284-81%1-2$284$24,54814International Film Circuit
76The Taqwacores$243-93%10$243$4,5972Strand Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$117--1--$117$1171Regent Releasing
78Shake Hands with the Devil$86--1--$86$861Regent Releasing