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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
14All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
15No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
16Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
17Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
18The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
19The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
20Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
21Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
23The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
24Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
25What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
26Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
27My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
28Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
29Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
30Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
31Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
33The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
34The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
36White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
37Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
38Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
39Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
40Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
42The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
43Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
44The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
45Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
46Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
48Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
49Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
51Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
52Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
53Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
56Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
57You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
58The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
59Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
60Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
61Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
62Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
63Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
64Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
66To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement