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, Nov. 19 - Sun, Nov. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$125,017,372--4,125--$30,307$125,017,3721Warner Bros.
2Megamind$16,012,831-45%3,779-170$4,237$109,313,4293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$13,005,855-43%3,2092$4,053$41,867,7692Fox
4Due Date$8,912,182-42%3,229-136$2,760$72,431,5943Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$6,542,779--2,564--$2,552$6,542,7791Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$5,200,233-43%2,54426$2,044$19,823,1362Paramount
7Skyline$3,560,985-70%2,8833$1,235$17,772,7602Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$2,483,043-50%2,034-844$1,221$83,589,9656Summit
9For Colored Girls$2,299,956-65%1,216-911$1,891$34,439,6533Lionsgate
10Secretariat$971,909-56%1,010-1009$962$56,378,5037Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$945,460-68%1,101-1302$859$83,583,2305Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,455,81943%386211$3,772$3,724,5463Summit
2The Social Network$935,677-47%571-517$1,639$89,244,4648Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$916,533109%10886$8,486$1,902,3363Fox Searchlight
4Saw 3D$846,029-70%806-1170$1,050$45,287,1754Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$737,351-67%687-920$1,073$116,094,4426Paramount
6Life As We Know It$536,379-59%558-681$961$51,630,9627Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$488,121--108--$4,520$488,1211UTV
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$401,819-23%179-15$2,245$3,433,1164Music Box
9Inside Job$338,938-29%185-65$1,832$2,139,3937Sony Pictures Classics
10Hereafter$285,230-78%403-1288$708$32,185,4466Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$269,335-26%268-5$1,005$249,169,37520Universal
12The Town$209,488-52%165-210$1,270$90,982,26910Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$195,780173%252129$777$24,803,07310Lionsgate
14Conviction$175,913-71%190-303$926$6,437,7076Fox Searchlight
15Inception$153,650-34%198-64$776$292,068,09519Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$125,155-40%204-37$614$414,806,93223Disney
17Waiting for 'Superman'$109,011-49%118-86$924$6,130,4669Paramount Vantage
18Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$103,727-33%185-64$561$52,316,0759Fox
19Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$79,295-53%138-102$575$54,470,1529Warner Bros.
20Easy A$64,902-60%105-92$618$57,646,63010Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$149,241-23%571$2,618$18,355,28936Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Today's Special$90,639--1--$90,639$90,6391Alerion
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$62,162-40%44-31$1,413$3,033,7649Sony Pictures Classics
4Golmaal 3$59,096-77%860$687$1,132,1923Eros
5Tamara Drewe$51,86089%3413$1,525$331,0787Sony Pictures Classics
6You Again$41,541-51%93-60$447$25,328,5049Disney
7Made in Dagenham$37,563--3--$12,521$37,5631Sony Pictures Classics
8Mao's Last Dancer$36,487-36%42-13$869$4,734,67714Samuel Goldwyn
9White Material$34,613--3--$11,538$34,6131IFC
10Stone$34,321-54%55-32$624$1,711,8317Relativity / Overture
11Under the Sea 3D$34,293-33%13-1$2,638$24,856,63293Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Nowhere Boy$33,976-49%60-51$566$1,394,4587Weinstein Company
13Monsters (2010)$29,952-38%19-6$1,576$181,4344Magnolia
14Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$26,690-21%177$1,570$185,3466Zeitgeist Films
15Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$26,161-13%172$1,539$97,0393Magnolia
16Four Lions$25,031-38%140$1,788$139,0963Drafthouse Films
17Let Me In$22,284-60%85-58$262$12,114,8228Relativity / Overture
18It's Kind of a Funny Story$21,367-52%46-21$465$6,350,0587Focus
19Tiny Furniture$16,384-23%10$16,384$49,4202IFC
20Waste Land$14,52476%83$1,816$57,0974Arthouse Films
21Cool It$10,734-60%421$256$52,9352Roadside Attractions
22Never Let Me Go$10,555-57%18-14$586$2,353,34610Fox Searchlight
23Howl$10,544-45%10-6$1,054$506,3139Oscilloscope
24Leaving$9,71652%61$1,619$128,1608IFC
25Catfish$9,555-60%13-12$735$3,221,15310Universal / Rogue
26Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,5552%30$3,185$23,424,567164National Geographic
27Kings of Pastry$9,511125%4-1$2,378$164,75710First Run
28Animal Kingdom$9,503176%157$634$1,000,69015Sony Pictures Classics
29My Dog Tulip$8,622235%129$719$123,22112New Yorker Films
30Welcome to the Riley's$8,329-38%6-1$1,388$115,5474Samuel Goldwyn
31The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,860-51%7-2$1,123$648,70516National Geographic
32Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,603-4%21$3,802$22,1432Film Desk
33Last Train Home$7,076-24%60$1,179$250,77812Zeitgeist Films
34Get Low$7,033-56%16-10$440$9,080,26517Sony Pictures Classics
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$6,510--1--$6,510$10,6121Oscilloscope
36Enter the Void$6,504-45%7-1$929$286,9259IFC Films
37The Salvation Poem$6,279-61%5-6$1,256$441,1446CanZion Films
38Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$6,23359%62$1,039$144,84011Lorber
39Wild Target$6,073-12%72$868$64,6924Freestyle
40Carlos$5,802--4--$1,451$108,7936IFC
41The Girl Who Played With Fire$5,23343%142$374$7,628,62020Music Box
42Jack Goes Boating$4,982-54%18-16$277$521,92210Relativity / Overture
43Inspector Bellamy$4,862-53%20$2,431$78,2724IFC Films
44Mademoiselle Chambon$4,18995%41$1,047$517,52926Lorber
45Heartbreaker$3,746-38%12-7$312$483,38811IFC
46Marwencol$3,744-58%32$1,248$30,9257Cinema Guild
47The Trouble with Terkel$3,244-34%2-2$1,622$26,34835Indican
48Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$2,903-43%30$968$41,5594Variance Films
49What If...$2,727-67%5-7$545$756,54514Five & Two Pictures
50The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,475-59%21$1,238$136,14233International Film Circuit
51The Tillman Story$2,286-73%11-10$208$788,85414Weinstein Company
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,24457%50$449$256,48412Music Box
53Heartless$2,033--1--$2,033$2,0331IFC
54I Am Love$1,988-12%3-1$663$5,002,41123Magnolia
55Enemies of the People$1,861-77%1-5$1,861$45,05217International Film Circuit
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,679-59%20$840$68,00622Kino International
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,564-37%62$261$525,36113Music Box
58Freakonomics$1,557-55%3-4$519$99,4368Magnolia
59Lebanon$1,46878%4-3$367$364,29258Sony Pictures Classics
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,21557%50$243$10,087,57936Music Box
61A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,033-39%60$172$185,59712Sony Pictures Classics
62Winter's Bone$1,007-59%4-6$252$6,225,41424Roadside Attractions
63Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$920--1--$920$53,90723The Film Desk
64Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$877-50%10$877$7,8163Variance Films
65The Sicilian Girl$848--1--$848$70,90516Music Box
66Hideaway (2009)$629--2--$315$30,82911Strand
67Army of Crime$519-62%1-2$519$34,48114Lorber
68The Kids Grow Up$189-85%10$189$10,2414Shadow Distribution
69Restrepo$119-87%10$119$1,330,05822National Geographic