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, Mar. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$38,079,323--3,917--$9,722$38,079,3231Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$21,157,730--2,840--$7,450$21,157,7301Universal
3Beastly$9,851,102--1,952--$5,047$9,851,1021CBS Films
4Hall Pass$8,861,053-35%2,9500$3,004$26,846,8082Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$7,240,315-46%2,984-53$2,426$84,022,3254Disney
6Unknown (2011)$6,520,232-48%2,913-130$2,238$53,029,4963Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$6,431,246-39%2,920-624$2,202$88,131,3164Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$6,230,227-15%2,240-145$2,781$123,546,10415Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$5,750,190-48%2,903-253$1,981$46,488,6063Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,277,128-54%2,254-556$1,898$68,828,5394Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$3,464,679--2,003--$1,730$3,464,6791Relativity Media
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,281,157-57%1,642-1179$1,998$33,250,8353Fox
13Drive Angry$2,225,659-57%2,2900$972$9,103,9512Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,118,397-29%575-93$1,945$92,037,54613Paramount
2Black Swan$1,012,346-24%68164$1,487$105,118,88614Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$975,388-50%725-497$1,345$168,681,08811Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$821,12424%23599$3,494$3,391,0354Fox Searchlight
5Tangled$790,24887%42184$1,877$195,784,58815Disney
6The Roommate$585,489-70%606-1120$966$36,845,7725Sony / Screen Gems
7The Grace Card$464,774-54%296-56$1,570$1,697,6152IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Barney's Version$402,033-29%215-84$1,870$5,999,2988Sony Pictures Classics
9No Strings Attached$370,321-74%425-941$871$69,659,7947Paramount
10Biutiful$274,256-40%146-36$1,878$4,232,81810Roadside Attractions
11The Eagle$265,380-83%327-1241$812$19,143,4224Focus
12TRON: Legacy$243,434-26%239-37$1,019$171,363,35012Disney
13Yogi Bear$228,330-8%266-100$858$98,153,68112Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$217,521-67%269-398$809$97,037,5918Sony / Columbia
15Little Fockers$177,905-24%221-40$805$148,219,53511Universal
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$158,423-34%208-95$762$294,562,16216Warner Bros.
17The Rite$157,972-67%201-344$786$32,622,5196Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$151,178-35%185-63$817$103,994,95413Fox
19127 Hours$122,976-59%135-85$911$18,136,89918Fox Searchlight
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$99,350-36%156-48$637$42,572,63911Fox
21The Company Men$94,750-56%112-73$846$4,057,4397Weinstein Company
22The Tourist$91,513-35%142-52$644$67,631,15713Sony / Columbia
23The Mechanic$68,389-79%109-295$627$288,805,3346CBS Films
24Season of the Witch$56,965-45%109-62$523$24,744,4169Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$279,011-10%429$6,643$818,2462Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$148,181-8%49-1$3,024$22,552,19351Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Blue Valentine (2010)$95,826-54%96-71$998$9,408,65210Weinstein Company
4Another Year$85,335-37%66-41$1,293$2,901,26310Sony Pictures Classics
5The Illusionist (2010)$80,212-46%76-49$1,055$1,867,83811Sony Pictures Classics
6Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$70,973-25%130$5,459$1,457,229433D Entertainment
7Inside Job$68,431104%42-11$1,629$4,121,15322Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Sea 3D$61,621-12%17-2$3,625$27,388,824108Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$61,101-71%44-73$1,389$1,240,5254Shorts International
10The Last Lions$59,589120%1410$4,256$184,5603National Geographic
11Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$55,987-14%193$2,947$230,0733Vitagraph
12happythankyoumoreplease$35,063--2--$17,532$35,0631Anchor Bay Films
13I Am (2011)$31,90465%53$6,381$70,1963Paladin
14Poetry$30,30552%115$2,755$114,8804Kino International
15Rabbit Hole$28,738-46%55-28$523$2,119,97312Lionsgate
16Space Station 3D$27,517-22%52$5,503$82,966,770464IMAX
17Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$23,540--3--$7,847$27,8301Strand Releasing
18Unstoppable (2010)$19,491-45%34-32$573$81,557,47917Fox
19Casino Jack$17,35939%3013$579$991,31612IDP/ATO Pictures
20From Prada to Nada$15,800-72%35-46$451$2,939,1286Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$14,953438%75$2,136$117,4659First Run Features
22I Saw the Devil$13,567--2--$6,784$13,5671Magnolia / Magnet
23Putty Hill$13,231801%32$4,410$22,0203Cinema Guild
24Cold Weather$10,808-15%62$1,801$78,7675IFC Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,55221%52$1,910$756,26931National Geographic
26Winter's Bone$9,318-87%13-122$717$6,520,14539Roadside Attractions
27The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,7840%124$732$117,2847IFC Films
28Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,9033%10$7,903$22,8112Rialto
29Heartbeats$7,90110%21$3,951$18,6582IFC Films
30Public Speaking$6,4383%10$6,438$23,4582Rialto
31Waste Land$6,022-33%5-1$1,204$179,67219Arthouse Films
32Every Day$5,912117%20$2,956$41,7248Image Entertainment
33Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,857-12%41$1,464$59,8774Phase 4 Films
34I Love You Phillip Morris$5,485-16%13-2$422$1,963,87714Roadside Attractions
35Galapagos$5,437-55%20$2,719$17,896,982593IMAX
367 Khoon Maaf$5,333-88%15-53$356$268,6623UTV Communications
37Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$5,054--1--$5,054$5,0541Tostie Productions
38Made in Dagenham$4,9549%6-4$826$1,043,69916Sony Pictures Classics
39A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,90935%31$1,636$19,3218Strand Releasing
40Kaboom$4,691-48%6-5$782$89,8286IFC Films
41Marwencol$4,188566%32$1,396$104,10022Cinema Guild
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,015-5%20$2,008$23,540,631179National Geographic
43Vanishing on 7th Street$4,000-43%5-1$800$19,3163Magnolia / Magnet
44The Way Back$3,777-81%5-10$755$2,705,6367Newmarket Films
45All Good Things$3,71416%51$743$547,95014Magnolia Pictures
46Bhutto$3,629--3--$1,210$91,16614First Run Features
47Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,143-52%30$1,048$419,82021Zeitgeist Films
48Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,659-42%3-3$886$181,8796Variance Films
49My Dog Tulip$2,245-34%1-1$2,245$216,95727New Yorker Films
50Four Lions$2,0831%21$1,042$308,76918Drafthouse Films
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,970--2--$985$20,1338Kino International
52Carancho$1,433-52%10$1,433$39,9574Strand Releasing
53The Strange Case of Angelica$1,233--2--$617$38,37110Cinema Guild
54Into Eternity$835--2--$418$15,6795International Film Circuit
55What Women Want (2011)$782-23%10$782$123,3255China Lion Film
56The Taqwacores$62742%10$627$11,17520Strand Releasing
57Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$502-26%10$502$41,12617Film Desk
58Enemies of the People$323-82%1-1$323$69,50632International Film Circuit
59Brotherhood (2010)$314-96%1-1$314$19,5253Phase 4 Films
60Orgasm Inc.$31157%10$311$21,7964First Run Features
61Animal Kingdom$297-12%10$297$1,042,34930Sony Pictures Classics
62The Woodmans$114-88%1-1$114$32,8807Lorber Films