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, Jan. 28 - Sun, Jan. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$14,789,393--2,985--$4,955$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$13,410,065-32%3,0224$4,437$39,502,3042Paramount
3The Mechanic$11,422,006--2,703--$4,226$11,422,0061CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$11,184,361-37%3,524-60$3,174$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$11,064,78141%2,557877$4,327$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$7,518,2653%3,120-344$2,410$148,305,9006Paramount
7The Dilemma$5,665,730-38%2,905-38$1,950$40,824,1853Universal
8Black Swan$5,118,269-13%2,315-92$2,211$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$3,960,280-5%1,914-361$2,069$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$3,167,440-17%2,133-377$1,485$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$2,573,930-40%2,051-928$1,255$144,727,4706Universal
12TRON: Legacy$2,529,097-31%1,505-513$1,680$166,732,1847Disney
13Tangled$2,526,561-18%1,589-271$1,590$189,576,78510Disney
14Country Strong$1,274,454-39%1,287-154$990$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$778,183-66%1,110-1197$701$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$2,136,8011702%916847$2,333$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,186,12435%415173$2,858$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$1,115,638--256--$4,358$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$884,917-35%732-403$1,209$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$726,653-37%653-447$1,113$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$665,4023%211105$3,154$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$600,929-33%465-260$1,292$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$523,9069%11942$4,403$2,287,5083Sony Pictures Classics
9The Way Back$523,600-57%595-83$880$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10Megamind$493,135-14%300-20$1,644$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Social Network$444,5330%367-18$1,211$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
12The Tourist$361,472-59%428-447$845$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
13Unstoppable (2010)$205,256-10%250-28$821$81,013,63912Fox
14Rabbit Hole$172,086-3%12423$1,388$1,534,0947Lionsgate
15Burlesque$149,164-31%238-58$627$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
16Inside Job$115,832378%250227$463$3,674,18317Sony Pictures Classics
17The Heart Specialist$86,639-66%119-174$728$1,062,2483Freestyle
18Red (2010)$78,513-25%119-34$660$90,356,85716Summit
19Love and Other Drugs$67,699-32%117-29$579$32,270,29510Fox
20Faster (2010)$67,3489%1148$591$23,171,65010CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$457,2063938%5955$7,749$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Another Year$309,09748%9146$3,397$1,102,2365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Illusionist (2010)$133,98866%2510$5,360$537,5906Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$130,458-1%49-4$2,662$21,228,01846Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$111,454-45%60-23$1,858$1,499,0826Focus
6Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$102,153-72%75-3$1,362$521,5822UTV Communications
7Yamla Pagla Deewana$64,174-68%840$764$961,2573Eros International
8Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$61,057--20--$3,053$61,0571Variance Films
9Casino Jack$58,363-18%491$1,191$832,8057IDP/ATO Pictures
10Secretariat$57,563-18%90-17$640$59,643,42917Disney
11I Love You Phillip Morris$44,619-42%49-26$911$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
12Winter's Bone$30,190652%2721$1,118$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
13Made in Dagenham$26,661-64%42-44$635$943,42611Sony Pictures Classics
14All Good Things$20,304-36%23-5$883$503,6339Magnolia Pictures
15What If...$17,881132%50$3,576$795,14624Five & Two Pictures
16Get Low$15,652503%5956$265$9,132,88427Sony Pictures Classics
17Fair Game (2010)$15,066-57%40-32$377$9,410,99113Summit
18Kaboom$13,714--1--$13,714$13,7141IFC Films
19Space Station 3D$13,638-32%20$6,819$82,653,362459IMAX
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$12,185-25%22-1$554$5,169,44414Music Box
21The Housemaid (Hanyo)$12,067-28%31$4,022$36,0392IFC Films
22Tiny Furniture$10,58335%13-3$814$362,09212IFC
23The Woodmans$8,99853%32$2,999$23,2932Lorber Films
24Galapagos$8,61138%20$4,306$17,820,766588IMAX
25Bhutto$8,378368%43$2,095$72,1189First Run Features
26Four Lions$6,777-8%8-1$847$294,12513Drafthouse Films
27Animal Kingdom$6,154630%119$559$1,030,28825Sony Pictures Classics
28Summer Wars$6,019-4%3-3$2,006$72,3016GKIDS
29When We Leave (Die Fremde)$6,018--2--$3,009$6,0181Olive Films
30The Tempest$5,5264%91$614$267,4848Disney
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,107-38%4-1$1,277$381,90516Zeitgeist Films
32White Material$4,603-9%6-5$767$302,81911IFC
33Howl$4,512330%31$1,504$613,98619Oscilloscope
34The Salvation Poem$4,49520%20$2,248$519,90216CanZion Films
35Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$4,486-24%10$4,486$70,7374First Run Features
36No One Killed Jessica$4,478-84%8-20$560$439,8014UTV Communications
37My Dog Tulip$4,423-38%4-1$1,106$194,66122New Yorker Films
38The Warrior's Way$4,346-45%28-1$155$5,664,2519Relativity Media
39Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9152%20$1,958$23,510,561174National Geographic
40Waste Land$3,55648%3-1$1,185$123,72714Arthouse Films
41The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,42443%41$856$708,12626National Geographic
42Marwencol$3,150-19%60$525$88,17017Cinema Guild
43Night Catches Us$2,201380%41$550$67,1899Magnolia
44A Somewhat Gentle Man$1,987--1--$1,987$6,3803Strand Releasing
45Nenette$1,754-2%31$585$10,9336Kino International
46Tamara Drewe$1,644-59%6-8$274$554,91817Sony Pictures Classics
47Kings of Pastry$1,56225%21$781$302,06520First Run
48Every Day$1,311-27%42$328$18,1103Image Entertainment
49Enemies of the People$1,270-70%40$318$59,06627International Film Circuit
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,126--2--$563$62,37914Variance Films
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,098179%21$549$92,67932Kino International
52Ong Bak 3$928-73%41$232$14,4983Magnolia
53Zenith$64829%41$162$7,09818Cinema Purgatorio
54Plastic Planet$648--2--$324$2,0703First Run Features
55You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$580-48%30$193$3,246,42619Sony Pictures Classics
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$515-92%2-1$258$274,24722Music Box
57William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$493-91%2-2$247$45,01611Oscilloscope
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$240-89%2-2$120$166,77021Lorber
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$99-93%1-3$99$548,96223Music Box