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. 18 - Sun, Mar. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$18,907,302--2,756--$6,860$18,907,3021Relativity Media
2Rango$15,076,575-33%3,843-80$3,923$92,338,6913Paramount
3Battle: Los Angeles$14,538,429-59%3,4170$4,255$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$13,206,453--2,707--$4,879$13,206,4531Lionsgate
5Paul$13,043,310--2,802--$4,655$13,043,3101Universal
6Red Riding Hood$7,188,131-49%3,0300$2,372$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$5,772,510-50%2,660-187$2,170$48,619,5503Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$5,316,620-23%3,1170$1,706$15,400,4342Disney
9Beastly$3,198,478-36%1,810-149$1,767$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Hall Pass$2,568,334-49%1,905-650$1,348$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gnomeo and Juliet$2,298,908-36%1,748-837$1,315$93,587,2906Disney
12Just Go With It$2,245,115-44%1,708-690$1,314$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$2,034,151-43%1,249-519$1,629$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$1,279,351-62%1,401-902$913$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$1,015,059-55%955-1050$1,063$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$708,210-46%550-381$1,288$36,407,6785Fox
3Tangled$616,057-4%334-29$1,844$197,714,17817Disney
4Cedar Rapids$521,961-43%46268$1,130$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$470,465-66%480-767$980$72,209,3636Paramount
6Yogi Bear$450,310-5%43834$1,028$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
7The Green Hornet$285,948-25%282-27$1,014$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$250,011-41%268-133$933$169,780,60813Paramount
9The Fighter$219,526-62%316-147$695$93,367,57515Paramount
10Barney's Version$186,493-43%146-44$1,277$6,780,53010Sony Pictures Classics
11Black Swan$174,210-60%191-146$912$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
12No Strings Attached$160,905-14%232-22$694$70,257,7679Paramount
13Take Me Home Tonight$137,949-89%281-1722$491$6,704,8503Relativity Media
14The Rite$109,727118%202117$543$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
15TRON: Legacy$102,234-27%104-65$983$171,777,39814Disney
16The Grace Card$102,000-31%1140$895$2,155,8904IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Roommate$75,222-51%112-101$672$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$466,409155%2622$17,939$719,5142Focus
2Of Gods and Men$295,1024%9440$3,139$1,616,9164Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$151,9657%45-3$3,377$23,146,68653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$150,362--5--$30,072$150,3621Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$140,637-3%2116$6,697$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
6Certified Copy$132,73370%2318$5,771$245,8202IFC Films
7Biutiful$92,137-49%89-25$1,035$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$84,44837%213$4,021$27,664,149110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Music Never Stopped$76,543--32--$2,392$76,5431Roadside Attractions
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$71,791-26%141$5,128$1,689,353453D Entertainment
11The Last Lions$68,225-39%467$1,483$442,4425National Geographic
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$67,135-32%94-28$714$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
13The Mechanic$55,485147%9957$560$28,998,3628CBS Films
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,439-35%82-41$627$104,225,31415Fox
15The Illusionist (2010)$49,677-31%58-18$857$2,063,75513Sony Pictures Classics
16The Eagle$46,080-5%92-7$501$19,365,5526Focus
17I Am (2011)$43,0809%125$3,590$180,5145Paladin
18Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$40,054-40%22-5$1,821$389,9745Vitagraph
19Drive Angry$39,278-87%95-456$413$10,510,8464Summit
20Another Year$37,352-45%48-7$778$3,076,35812Sony Pictures Classics
21Blue Valentine (2010)$34,366-44%43-17$799$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
22Bill Cunningham New York$33,677--1--$33,677$49,0361Zeitgeist Films
23The Company Men$33,132-37%58-5$571$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
24Space Station 3D$29,86131%31$9,954$83,091,832466IMAX
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$26,08967%131$2,007$170,52511First Run Features
26Inside Job$25,173-47%30-11$839$4,237,85224Sony Pictures Classics
27The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$23,425--37--$633$23,4251China Lion Film
28happythankyoumoreplease$18,681-64%12-7$1,557$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
29Poetry$18,519-34%9-2$2,058$184,3096Kino International
30127 Hours$17,397-65%32-47$544$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
31I Saw the Devil$17,34470%116$1,577$56,3773Magnolia / Magnet
32Gulliver's Travels (2010)$15,478-67%43-56$360$42,705,23513Fox
33Winter in Wartime$14,937--3--$4,979$14,9371Sony Pictures Classics
34Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$14,822-33%4-1$3,706$92,5183Strand Releasing
35Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$14,256--3--$4,752$36,20010Kino International
36I Love You Phillip Morris$13,23951%11-1$1,204$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
37Season of the Witch$12,761-51%31-23$412$24,823,28311Relativity Media
38Made in Dagenham$12,5621122%169$785$1,066,22218Sony Pictures Classics
39Nostalgia for the Light$10,681--1--$10,681$10,6811Icarus Films
40Rabbit Hole$10,614-59%29-9$366$2,185,20614Lionsgate
41Casino Jack$9,80610%194$516$1,018,77314IDP/ATO Pictures
42Cracks$9,467--6--$1,578$9,4671IFC Films
43Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$9,067-69%16-8$567$1,322,7076Shorts International
44The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,27272%123$689$138,5919IFC Films
45From Prada to Nada$8,110-30%27-6$300$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
46Desert Flower$7,657--3--$2,552$7,6571National Geographic
47Cold Weather$6,379-54%91$709$109,3557IFC Films
48All Good Things$6,299-13%62$1,050$566,07716Magnolia Pictures
49Clash (Bay Rong)$5,849-52%4-5$1,462$22,8972Variance Films
50Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,278-35%52$1,056$81,2126Phase 4 Films
51Monogamy$5,14615%54$1,029$11,3242Oscilloscope
52Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$4,866-14%30$1,622$12,5972Indican Pictures
53Heartbeats$4,638-48%5-1$928$43,2254IFC Films
54Galapagos$4,190-35%2-1$2,095$17,920,813595IMAX
55The Human Resources Manager$4,104-70%5-4$821$37,8783Film Movement
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0051%20$2,003$23,552,772181National Geographic
57Kaboom$3,94271%50$788$100,1318IFC Films
58Public Speaking$3,735--1--$3,735$41,3634Rialto
59Black Death$3,495-48%52$699$13,6772Magnolia / Magnet
60Into Eternity$3,241--6--$540$19,2827International Film Circuit
61Making The Boys$3,235-57%32$1,078$14,8702First Run Features
62My Dog Tulip$3,015-43%3-1$1,005$227,97629New Yorker Films
63Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$2,945-36%2-1$1,473$431,88123Zeitgeist Films
64Putty Hill$2,700-46%20$1,350$34,2275Cinema Guild
65A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,5300%21$1,265$26,73810Strand Releasing
66Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,994-7%42$499$190,0888Variance Films
67The Trouble with Terkel$1,768211%10$1,768$32,87052Indican
68Carancho$1,3860%20$693$44,1756Strand Releasing
69Every Day$1,024--1--$1,024$45,53710Image Entertainment
70Winter's Bone$975-79%4-5$244$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions
71Marwencol$942-68%1-1$942$109,74724Cinema Guild
72Bhutto$906-56%1-1$906$98,78016First Run Features
73Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$753-22%32$251$32,98720Variance Films
74Elektra Luxx$595-89%1-3$595$9,2612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
75Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$55049%20$275$110,19739Kino International
76Kings of Pastry$518-76%10$518$320,60927First Run
77The Little Traitor$315--1--$315$393,01667Westchester Films
78Orgasm Inc.$295-89%1-2$295$25,7396First Run Features
79Nenette$234--1--$234$16,98213Kino International
80Plastic Planet$140-33%10$140$2,73110First Run Features
81Waste Land$102-96%1-2$102$187,71621Arthouse Films