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, Feb. 4 - Sun, Feb. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$15,002,635--2,534--$5,921$15,002,6351Sony / Screen Gems
2Sanctum$9,447,930--2,787--$3,390$9,447,9301Universal
3No Strings Attached$8,004,834-40%3,05028$2,625$51,392,7053Paramount
4The King's Speech$7,712,353-30%2,58427$2,985$83,527,54411Weinstein Company
5The Green Hornet$5,966,229-47%3,033-491$1,967$87,088,6224Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$5,589,311-62%2,9850$1,872$23,701,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$5,295,253-54%2,7041$1,958$20,005,5192CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$4,640,139-38%2,902-218$1,599$154,902,5417Paramount
9Black Swan$3,373,851-34%1,977-338$1,707$95,861,70810Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$3,282,555-42%2,545-360$1,290$45,574,0254Universal
11The Fighter$2,838,173-28%1,662-252$1,708$82,400,7389Paramount
12Yogi Bear$2,249,382-29%1,807-326$1,245$95,367,3298Warner Bros.
13Tangled$1,850,628-27%1,369-220$1,352$192,073,30311Disney
14TRON: Legacy$1,363,991-46%1,040-465$1,312$168,758,2388Disney
15Little Fockers$1,239,980-52%1,355-696$915$146,542,2857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,348,746-37%899-17$1,500$15,679,19514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$786,441-34%45035$1,748$7,268,8466Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$748,852-33%2615$2,869$2,097,4232Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Biutiful$641,72040%179120$3,585$1,426,1426Roadside Attractions
5Country Strong$617,047-52%948-339$651$19,817,1827Sony / Screen Gems
6The Company Men$548,925-18%23120$2,376$2,298,8913Weinstein Company
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$532,819-40%514-218$1,037$102,563,8149Fox
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$469,338-35%495-158$948$41,607,4527Fox
9Another Year$443,58944%236145$1,880$1,645,6066Sony Pictures Classics
10Barney's Version$423,333-19%1201$3,528$2,905,0654Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$380,437-23%290-10$1,312$147,459,54114Paramount / DreamWorks
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$373,378-38%365-100$1,023$292,761,21412Warner Bros.
13Season of the Witch$284,126-63%492-618$577$24,242,0555Relativity Media
14The Social Network$245,226-45%294-73$834$96,398,57019Sony / Columbia
15The Tourist$161,017-55%231-197$697$66,848,6739Sony / Columbia
16The Way Back$141,810-73%145-450$978$2,532,6833Newmarket Films
17Unstoppable (2010)$127,893-38%202-48$633$81,201,19713Fox
18Rabbit Hole$122,682-29%1317$937$1,723,7008Lionsgate
19Burlesque$87,768-41%178-60$493$39,440,65511Sony / Screen Gems
20Fair Game (2010)$52,847251%149109$355$9,474,14514Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Illusionist (2010)$186,66839%6843$2,745$766,3127Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$120,815-7%501$2,416$21,417,43347Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$59,933-46%46-14$1,303$1,604,0867Focus
4Inside Job$38,896-66%79-171$492$3,884,83118Sony Pictures Classics
5Winter's Bone$37,71125%347$1,109$6,356,50335Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$37,540-36%39-10$963$894,5408IDP/ATO Pictures
7The Salvation Poem$36,552713%42$9,138$556,95817CanZion Films
8Faster (2010)$33,649-50%87-27$387$23,225,91111CBS Films
9Secretariat$32,663-43%68-22$480$59,699,51318Disney
10Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$31,236-49%211$1,487$111,3572Variance Films
11Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,206-72%42-33$672$566,3793UTV Communications
12Love and Other Drugs$26,473-61%46-71$576$32,329,93411Fox
13The Heart Specialist$18,318-79%56-63$327$1,096,2884Freestyle
14I Love You Phillip Morris$18,261-59%39-10$468$1,917,32710Roadside Attractions
15Made in Dagenham$17,617-34%41-1$430$968,58412Sony Pictures Classics
16Yamla Pagla Deewana$17,447-73%840$208$988,6874Eros International
17The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,37136%107$1,637$58,0773IFC Films
18Kaboom$16,25819%21$8,129$34,5202IFC Films
19Get Low$16,0713%601$268$9,156,05528Sony Pictures Classics
20Space Station 3D$15,72715%53$3,145$82,690,017460IMAX
21Cold Weather$14,513--1--$14,513$14,5131IFC Films
22All Good Things$10,577-48%15-8$705$523,21210Magnolia Pictures
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$10,237100%51$2,047$394,34617Zeitgeist Films
24Waiting for Forever$8,917--3--$2,972$8,9171Freestyle
25Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$8,440--2--$4,220$74,1367Saint Juste International
26What If...$7,733-57%50$1,547$806,86925Five & Two Pictures
27Waste Land$7,488111%41$1,872$131,72115Arthouse Films
28The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$7,292-40%13-9$561$5,183,36415Music Box
29Galapagos$6,562-24%20$3,281$17,830,750589IMAX
30The Other Woman (2011)$6,224--2--$3,112$6,2241IFC
31Tiny Furniture$6,170-42%12-1$514$373,74313IFC
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,84630%32$1,949$78,6945First Run Features
33How I Ended This Summer$4,968--1--$4,968$4,9681Film Movement
34Night Catches Us$4,805118%3-1$1,602$72,79210Magnolia
35Every Day$4,510244%2-2$2,255$22,9424Image Entertainment
36The Time That Remains$4,060--2--$2,030$24,2655IFC
37Summer Wars$4,043-33%41$1,011$78,1827GKIDS
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0012%20$2,001$23,516,632175National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$3,813-38%4-7$953$1,036,51926Sony Pictures Classics
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,734240%31$1,245$97,01633Kino International
41Into Eternity$3,530--1--$3,530$4,6791International Film Circuit
42My Dog Tulip$3,396-23%3-1$1,132$199,74823New Yorker Films
43Leaving$3,135--1--$3,135$187,09019IFC
44When We Leave (Die Fremde)$2,943-51%20$1,472$11,5672Olive Films
45Bhutto$2,772-67%3-1$924$79,20710First Run Features
46Howl$2,341-48%1-2$2,341$617,33420Oscilloscope
47Four Lions$2,254-67%6-2$376$298,70114Drafthouse Films
48Tamara Drewe$2,20134%3-3$734$557,53118Sony Pictures Classics
49The Tempest$2,093-62%5-4$419$273,7129Disney
50Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,735--2--$868$39,64813Film Desk
51The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,717-50%2-2$859$710,62927National Geographic
52Marwencol$1,707-46%2-4$854$92,33318Cinema Guild
53Kings of Pastry$1,5942%20$797$305,24321First Run
54Nenette$1,360-22%2-1$680$13,0507Kino International
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,294162%1-1$1,294$46,38012Oscilloscope
56You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,11492%30$371$3,247,81620Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$905814%10$905$549,88024Music Box
58The Strange Case of Angelica$842--1--$842$33,1936Cinema Guild
59A Somewhat Gentle Man$837-58%10$837$8,2714Strand Releasing
60Zenith$75416%40$189$7,86219Cinema Purgatorio
61Enemies of the People$666-48%2-2$333$60,62128International Film Circuit
62The Woodmans$607-93%1-2$607$27,3323Lorber Films
63The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$498--1--$498$142,36444International Film Circuit
64Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$492-56%1-1$492$63,55815Variance Films
65The Girl Who Played With Fire$323--2--$162$7,638,24131Music Box
66Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$291--1--$291$24,96414Variance Films
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$262-49%20$131$274,52323Music Box
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$173--1--$173$10,094,77047Music Box
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$66--1--$66$15,5814Kino International