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, Nov. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$29,120,461-37%3,9495$7,374$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$22,688,457--3,207--$7,075$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$15,419,042-53%3,36510$4,582$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$11,692,415--2,880--$4,060$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$9,203,266--2,518--$3,655$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$6,517,280-67%2,1270$3,064$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$4,973,539-43%2,878-351$1,728$79,677,3965Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$2,980,201-58%2,403-765$1,240$81,930,6574Paramount
9Saw 3D$2,862,449-63%1,976-832$1,449$43,580,3103Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$2,235,457-55%1,607-558$1,391$114,643,2665Paramount
11Secretariat$2,205,163-46%2,019-595$1,092$54,747,0376Disney
12The Social Network$1,770,077-48%1,088-772$1,627$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$1,318,493-67%1,691-674$780$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$1,294,110-58%1,239-711$1,044$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,020,65457%175129$5,832$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$610,847-62%493-179$1,239$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$520,085-30%1942$2,681$2,821,9323Music Box
4Inside Job$478,76780%250184$1,915$1,566,0316Sony Pictures Classics
5The Town$438,397-62%375-426$1,169$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$363,09011%273-34$1,330$248,815,41019Universal
7Inception$234,514-26%262-29$895$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
8Waiting for 'Superman'$215,210-46%204-38$1,055$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
9Toy Story 3$207,778-29%241-23$862$414,638,01322Disney
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$170,047-65%240-500$709$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
11Easy A$162,833-66%197-289$827$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$155,691-53%249-104$625$52,147,7898Fox
13The Other Guys$119,256-29%182-53$655$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
14Takers$101,374-34%176-39$576$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
15You Again$85,543-59%153-130$559$25,258,9918Disney
16Alpha and Omega$71,655-51%123-165$583$24,589,7939Lionsgate
17Nowhere Boy$67,145-53%111-64$605$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
18Devil$64,210-71%120-164$535$33,583,1759Universal
19The Switch (2010)$57,438-30%118-2$487$27,758,46513Miramax
20Let Me In$55,08470%14348$385$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
21Case 39$30,028-57%106-51$283$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$438,53966%2218$19,934$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Golmaal 3$253,586-60%860$2,949$1,027,3552Eros
3Hubble 3D$192,850-1%56-4$3,444$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
4You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$103,109-53%75-68$1,375$2,927,9628Sony Pictures Classics
5Stone$74,071-58%87-22$851$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
6Mao's Last Dancer$56,911-43%55-26$1,035$4,664,09513Samuel Goldwyn
7Under the Sea 3D$50,97318%140$3,641$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Monsters (2010)$48,68070%2512$1,947$122,9193Magnolia
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$44,842-74%67-134$669$6,309,8746Focus
10Four Lions$40,153-3%146$2,868$100,1172Drafthouse Films
11Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$33,99260%104$3,399$136,2025Zeitgeist Films
12Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$29,93176%1512$1,995$54,9322Magnolia
13Tamara Drewe$27,401-47%21-6$1,305$268,0276Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$27,2127%6-3$4,535$760,504,84748Fox
15Cool It$26,847--41--$655$26,8471Roadside Attractions
16Never Let Me Go$24,680-41%32-19$771$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$23,875-52%25-30$955$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
18Tiny Furniture$21,235--1--$21,235$21,2351IFC
19Howl$19,209-40%16-13$1,201$484,6598Oscilloscope
20The Salvation Poem$15,981-69%11-3$1,453$431,6105CanZion Films
21Get Low$15,977-26%26-10$615$9,062,45416Sony Pictures Classics
22The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$15,91921%9-1$1,769$639,70015National Geographic
23Welcome to the Riley's$13,500-26%7-3$1,929$100,8813Samuel Goldwyn
24N-Secure$13,089-77%20-85$654$2,592,8085Freestyle
25Enter the Void$11,911-1%81$1,489$272,5028IFC Films
26Jack Goes Boating$10,913-22%343$321$512,1839Relativity / Overture
27Inspector Bellamy$10,316-33%20$5,158$64,8653IFC Films
28Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,3252%30$3,108$23,405,352163National Geographic
29Last Train Home$9,309-20%6-4$1,552$241,32111Zeitgeist Films
30Marwencol$8,8591269%10$8,859$24,4616Cinema Guild
31The Tillman Story$8,364-35%21-3$398$782,60013Weinstein Company
32Waste Land$8,271-4%53$1,654$38,7293Arthouse Films
33What If...$8,240-54%12-10$687$752,43713Five & Two Pictures
34Enemies of the People$8,216765%63$1,369$36,32716International Film Circuit
35Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,926--1--$7,926$7,9261Film Desk
36Machete$7,427-38%19-13$391$26,589,95311Fox
37Wild Target$6,901-37%50$1,380$54,8203Freestyle
38Leaving$6,391-63%5-2$1,278$115,3917IFC
39A Film Unfinished$6,222-60%10-5$622$311,54213Oscilloscope
40Heartbreaker$6,021-58%190$317$473,25410IFC
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,999642%10$5,999$133,66732International Film Circuit
42Boxing Gym$5,583--5--$1,117$25,7684Zipporah Films
43Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$5,073-50%30$1,691$35,3963Variance Films
44The Trouble with Terkel$4,924--4--$1,231$23,10434Indican
45Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$4,908179%30$1,636$527,91828Kino International
46Kings of Pastry$4,2362%50$847$150,4749First Run
47Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$4,0731529%21$2,037$63,07221Kino International
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,920-1%41$980$133,47310Lorber
49The Girl Who Played With Fire$3,659-67%12-7$305$7,621,38819Music Box
50Freakonomics$3,447-14%70$492$96,2157Magnolia
51Animal Kingdom$3,437-61%8-4$430$989,76414Sony Pictures Classics
52My Dog Tulip$2,573-63%3-1$858$111,65911New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,477-26%40$619$522,46212Music Box
54Winter's Bone$2,427-43%100$243$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
55The Taqwacores$2,294170%21$1,147$8,7564Strand Releasing
56I Am Love$2,266-40%4-2$567$4,999,23422Magnolia
57Mademoiselle Chambon$2,153-66%3-3$718$512,65525Lorber
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,739-46%10$1,739$6,3892Variance Films
59A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,7070%6-3$285$184,06611Sony Pictures Classics
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,426294%53$285$252,58611Music Box
61Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,384--2--$692$341,26325Rialto
62Army of Crime$1,356--3--$452$33,50713Lorber
63Around a Small Mountain$1,287154%10$1,287$31,00519Cinema Guild
64The Kids Grow Up$1,2670%1-1$1,267$9,6413Shadow Distribution
65To the Sea$1,146--1--$1,146$49,17918Film Movement
66Budrus$1,067-47%10$1,067$42,6246Balcony Releasing
67The Concert$997-51%3-1$332$657,19417Weinstein Company
68Eichmann$986235%10$986$2,7063Regent Releasing
69Restrepo$91514%1-1$915$1,328,72521National Geographic
70Lebanon$824-63%7-2$118$361,96657Sony Pictures Classics
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$776-59%5-11$155$10,086,09335Music Box
72Piranha 3D$712-91%82$89$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
73Red Hill$689-92%1-4$689$16,3412Strand
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$520--2--$260$70,11524Indican Pictures
75I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$323-68%1-1$323$92,4016Anchor Bay
76Shake Hands with the Devil$250116%10$250$5943Regent Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$22-70%10$22$4063Regent Releasing